President Bush gave a prophetic statement to Brit Hume in a Fox interview last night regarding immigrants and their value to the GOP:
Anti-immigration perception? I do not think that is perceived by people outside of the party. That perception comes from GOP insiders that think that we should throw our principles for solid borders out of the window and work with the likes of Ted Kennedy to legalize the status of folks that illegally entered the country.
The problem is perception. The perception is generated by the liberal media, one member of which bragged that their favorable, fawning coverage gave Obama a 15% uptick in the '08 election.
They have the power to shape perceptions, particularly among those who rely solely on network news for information. Their training technique for Republican elected officials is simple: To receive any favorable coverage, you must agree with Democrats.
They also use the news black-out to their advantage. In the past, people have asked me, "Why aren't Republicans doing anything?" I explain that the media generally won't report what Republicans do, so they can't rely on the old media to find out what is going on.
It would be great to get versions of Rush, Sean and Levin, etc. on Spanish speaking radio stations to reach out to Hispanics, etc. We either have find a way to use the media or go around the media to get the Republican message out to as many people as possible.