Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Romney continues pounding Perry on immigration

Mitt Romney releases a web ad, tying Rick Perry to Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley on the DREAM act.

Perry is visiting the area today for a fundraiser.

I think Romney might be making a big blunder on this one. Short-term, it seems to be producing good results for him, but he doesn't have to be the messenger. Rick Santorum would be more than happy to be Perry's gadfly on it, and grassroots activists continue to buzz about Perry on immigration without Romney's prodding.

Long-term, it could prove very damaging to Romney. He's polled strongly in general election matchups with Obama in western toss-up states like Nevada (3% lead), but he risks all that with the Hispanic community by turning this into such a big primary issue.