After the defeat of the DREAM Act failed due to a threatened GOP filibuster in the Senate (Dems. lost closure by 5 votes), Freshman Sen. Marco Rubin R-FL. stole the limelight by claiming he was crafting his own more "conservative" version of a bill aimed at helping illegal immigrants avoid deportation. With a GOP immigration initiative, it was hoped that Rubio would thrust himself into the national political spotlight while seeking the VP spot on the ticket with Romney at the same time attracting Latinos to the GOP side of the political spectrum. More importantly, Mitt Romney stated earlier that had the DREAM Act been passed by Congress, he would veto it and would instead rely on the Bill being proposed by Rubio. Here's the catch. Rubio never disclosed what the terms of his alleged bill were, ever! And now that Obama has proposed altering the regulations relating to deportation of illegals under the age of 30 (with conditions) through the Department of Homeland Security, Rubio has abandoned his alleged alternate Bill, stating "Why are we going to do anything in this now?" This poses a big problem to both the GOP with Latinos and for Romney with the voting public (especially since Rubio announced today that he too would be an illegal immigrant if he had to feed his family). Romney has consistently avoided answering questions about how he would turn the economy around while he continues to blast Obama. Instead, he says those elements will be addressed after he is elected president. We do know Romney has endorsed the Ryan Budget Plan though...another indicator that Romney is NOT a man of ideals or ideas, just a borrower from others. Romney has no foreign policy experience, yet he seems to believe our military strength can be imposed on an "as needed" basis, regardless of the fact that a strong majority of Americans are tired of war. And here again, Romney was relying on Rubio for a policy on illegal immigration. But that policy failed to materialize. When asked about the Obama initiative, Romney has repeatedly refused to answer whether he is in favor of it or opposed to it. Seems Mr. Romney needs to take at least one stated position before he changes his mind. Until that time, Romney gives us no clue what he is thinking (or borrowing from others). Has Romney any plans besides cutting taxes, regulations and big government? He has never given any details on how he expects to accomplish any of those objectives, just that he will once elected president. Anything different than the Bush policies? Am I pushing for Obama? Hardly. but his proposal to alter the Homeland Security Regulations in favor of younger illegal aliens is a positive step (over 60% of Americans agree). Was it a political move? Of course, EVERYTHING the president of the United States is considered political, whether it be Obama or William Howard Taft (and we know how difficult it must have been for Taft to move quickly on anything). Obama on the foreign policy front has been steady and not as portrayed by his GOP opposition or its favored media outlets. And again, Obama has not demanded a "restrained" judiciary like Romney has. Perhaps someone should start a Political Pandering Scorecard for both candidates and parties?
Daniel R. Rubin is an Attorney, Educator, Lecturer and National Award Winning Author. He is a recently retired adjunct professor of American History who also taught Advanced Placement United States Government and American Politics in Venice, Florida.