On the Tancredo Effect

21 12 2007

Marc Ambinder accurately summed up the Tom Tancredo effect earlier today.

Tancredo — and Tancredoites in Congress and millions of Americans — have forced at least four candidates — Huckabee and McCain are two — to completely change the way they talk and think about immigration. Even Democrats call for border security first.

Tancredo gave voice to a burbling reservoir of anxiety and can fairly be said to have the most effect, policy-wise, of any presidential candidate. Politically, too, some Republicans believe that Tancredo-style immigration politics may have irreparably damaged the GOP’s efforts to incorporate Hispanics into their coalition.

Tom Tancredo is an outsize figure in our politics.

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