Republican Tom Tancredo dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination this afternoon, endorsing Mitt Romney as the candidate who most closely shared his anti-illegal immigration fervor. Although Tancredo polled miserably, he left his mark on the race by pulling the Republicans--with the possible exception of McCain-- even further to the right on this issue.
And what did Tancredo think of his fellow Republicans appearing in a recent Spanish Univision debate? Don't ask. And don't let the door hit you on the way out either, Tom.
Simon Rosenberg at NDNblog calls it 1%, 62% and the failure of Tancredoism:
As all of us try to make sense of the current immigration debate and how Tancredo's total rejection by Republican primary voters fits in let's consider these two figures: 1% and 62%. 1% is the share of the Republican vote Tancredo has been receiving. 62% is the share of Republicans who support an earned path to citizenship, according to a new LA Times poll taken two weeks ago. Taken together it appears that Tancredo's approach to immigration, "Deport Those Who Don't Belong, Make Sure They Never Come Back" has been overwhelmingly rejected by even Republican voters, and is just one more example of how the GOP's investment in the immigration issue has failed time and again to produce the results they had hoped for.