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Skelton to GOP: It's the Latinos, Stupid




In a column on the just-passed Governor's race today, it's hard to know if George Skelton set out to write something to prove his own point or if he was genuinely rummaging for info on why eMeg lost. He was no fan of Jerry Brown, that was obvious. This morning he does find a fairly orthodox Republican willing to talk about the party's Latino problem. But when that pol doesn't go far enough, Skelton then states the obvious himself:

It was, after all, Whitman who ran a TV ad featuring former Gov. Pete Wilson — a devil incarnate for many Latinos — promising that she would be "tough as nails" on illegal immigration.

It was Whitman who endorsed the Arizona law — but only for Arizona, she weakly insisted, not for California. Many Latinos saw that as a distinction without a difference — and ominous.

And it was Whitman who proclaimed that she wouldn't allow admission to community colleges or state universities for high school grads who had been carted to California illegally as children by their parents.

Not to mention nannygate. Skelton also calls Steve Poizner a "lightweight" and an "extremist"--which makes George sound a little bitter. The consultant he talks to concludes: "As long as radio talk show guys demagogue on the [immigration] issue and Republicans are cowed and not willing to stand up to it, nothing's going to change." Sulk, sulk, sulk.