No, I’m not suggesting Romney atone for his past sin of strapping his family dog to his car on vacations by making a canine his running mate. (Though most veeps at campaign time are called attack dogs.)
Rather, I’m reacting to an intriguing interview between Juan Williams and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), a Tea Party congressman from the Class of 2010 who also happens to be Mormon and from Puerto Rico.
He opposes the DREAM Act, but is a staunch advocate for reforming the cumbersome legal immigration process. As Williams says, Labrador “has been involved in trying to block virtually every one of President Obama’s major legislative initiatives.” He also “openly mused” about supporting a Tea Party challenger to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) when it looked like Boehner might cave-in to President Obama’s demands to avert a government shutdown last summer.
As for how Labrador would advise Romney to reach out to Hispanic voters after a bruising primary season:
“I would tell, Romney, as I would tell anybody, is that we need to start talking about being a party of inclusion, we need to start talking about how we’re a, a party for legal immigration, that we actually want to reform the system so people can actually come to the United States in a legal, safe way.”
Sounds like a reasonable pitch to me.