The episode, which aired after a White House press gaggle with his fellow Republicans, was a bit of a disaster in the fall and a great political PR success for his campaign in the spring.
The problem, though, is that he is not exactly the brightest bulb in the room. He has recently made comments about President Obama’s birth certificate and claimed that the current health care plan is ‘a big mess.’ I wouldn’t expect him to be particularly interested in the contents of a bill, which he has argued for less than a year. (And, to be fair - when it comes to Obamacare, he, as president, has done much to hurt it.)
Also, for some reason, his campaign seems very keen to exploit the anti-Asian attitudes of Asian America. Last month, the campaign made an ad which showed a smiling Japanese woman trying to get into a Japanese bathroom…with signs along both sides like, ‘I am not Japanese - I am a Muslim (or, more usually, a Sikh).”
As well they might.
Now, I think Mr. Gillis is actually very insightful and politically savvy, although, for some reason, I sometimes find his commentaries on immigration more of a personal attack on the Democratic candidates and politicians on the other side of the political divide.
He’s obviously well versed in immigration and a critic of the immigration policy that I think has brought us to this point. But he often seems to feel that the only way he can help with immigration reform is to attack Asian Americans specifically.
The problem is that what he does, which I’m hoping most readers already know, isn’t the most effective form of the message that he wants to send.
A lot of what he does, as it turns out, strikes me as a lot of sound and fury but really little substance. For one, he often doesn’t consider how people are responding to his comments and how he could use his own personal views in a more effective way.
For another, he often seems far more interested in making himself appear as “good” on immigration reform at the expense of being taken seriously. He thinks he can make a deal withthe anti-immigration groups (which is not likely a deal at all to a Democratic president) andgive them stuff that he wants to stick in the bill that he is trying toprovethere really is a problem with, although it’s only made that clearer by the attacks.
All three of those problems are probably going to come back to bite him and in the end, he’s just going to get dragged down with the anti-immigration groups.
It’s a lot more effective just to talk about how, as he himself has admitted, it’s ‘time to stop talking about immigration.’