Cannon On Target

Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) has survived a primary challenge from John Jacob, who was strongly backed by the Tom Tancredo’s Team America PAC and Bay Buchanan (sister of Pat Buchanan).

Cannon is a staunch conservative who has earned a lifetime rating of 97% from the American Conservative Union, but because he dared dissent from Tancredo orthodoxy on immigration, he found himself in the crosshairs of anti-immigrant groups. To his credit, Cannon didn’t back down, and even did what many seem afraid to do: he pointed out the obvious ties between anti-immigration activists and the sleaze they often choose to associate with.

Fortunately, the voters of his district were wise enough to reject the xenophobia and sent Cannon back to Washington with a double-digit primary win. Is this a test case for the rest of America? Does it indicate that the strategy advocated by the hardliners (”deport ‘em all, build a wall!”) will not be as successful as they hope? I don’t know, but this is a positive sign to be sure. Republicans should think twice before they embrace the nativist strategy.

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