Score one more for McCain: Mel “Amnesty” Martinez to endorse this afternoon; Update: McCain endorsed by … Clinton?

posted at 2:34 pm on January 25, 2008 by Allahpundit

Ah yes. The man allegedly handpicked by Bush and Rove for RNC chairman because of his stalwart shilling for amnesty, including a bill co-sponsored with Chuck Hagel that could conceivably have legalized 60 million people over the next 20 years. Anyone think the formal announcement was purposely delayed until after the debate to deny Romney a line of attack? Actually, probably not: Given the chance to pose a question last night to McCain on this subject and tear him to shreds, Mitt punted for something about the economy.

Whose endorsements are we still waiting on at this point? Ted Kennedy’s? MEChA’s?

Update: Almost one year ago today: “That leaves us with a pro-amnesty president, a pro-amnesty party chairman, and a likely pro-amnesty presidential nominee in ‘08 in the figure of St. John of Tucson.” We saw it coming, and yet here we are.

Update: Have I assumed too much of (some of) our readers in not mentioning that Martinez is Cuban and from Florida? I.e. this will probably help Maverick in a state he needs to win. Whether it helps him on Super Tuesday, especially if Romney turns up the heat, is another matter.

Update: Via Dan Riehl, not technically an endorsement but we’re surfing a meme here. Catch the wave:

[Bill Clinton] also said that Mrs. Clinton had worked with Republicans, including Senator Lindsay Graham, Republican of South Carolina.

And then he painted this scene: “She and John McCain are very close,” he said. “They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”

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I do not support amnesty.

Now I would like to introduce you all to my amnesty pushing campaign staff….

EJDolbow on January 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Martinez endorsing him isn’t surprising. Any conservative from Florida can tell you martinez is cut from the same cloth as mccain, he is a backstabbing rino and an embarrassment to Florida. I don’t expect gov cris to endorse anyone before the primary. Although he is a true liberal, he is an opportunist and doesn’t have the guts to step up and endorse anyone. He will wait till someone has the nomination in hand before he endorses. And everyone better pray we don’t have a repeat of 2000 in Florida in 2008 because cris and martinez will hand it to the democrats.

peacenprosperity on January 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM

“She and John McCain are very close,”

Dream scenario:

They had a torrid kinky sexual affair and will both have to drop out of the race.

Valiant on January 25, 2008 at 4:36 PM

They should send this to every Hillary and Obama supporter:

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of the redistribution of wealth. She was deeply ashamed that her father was a staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying,
which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying. Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.” Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That wouldn’t be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the Republican party.”

Cuerbo on January 25, 2008 at 4:40 PM

She and John McCain are very close

Yes, Clinton can’t be believed about anything except his opinion of the only person polls show defeating his wife in the general election. Because there’s no self-interest there. Pardon me if I suspect an ulterior motive.

calbear on January 25, 2008 at 4:48 PM


Good story. Very believable scenario. But aren’t the Clinton and Obama supporters “Audrey?”

JiangxiDad on January 25, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Thank you sir may I have another.

Buttercup on January 25, 2008 at 4:54 PM

McDem may was well join the Democratic party

ConservativePartyNow on January 25, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Do GOP primary voters need anymore reasons to reject McCain?

Keep ’em comming ’til they get the picture, because it’s Need To Know time and this is stuff the dopes voting for McCain NEED to KNOW, NOW, before it’s too late.

SuperCool on January 25, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Martinez’s endorsement in Florida will be the kiss of death for McCain. I’m counting the days to vote against Martinez. I would vote for Edwards if he was running against Martinez. Floridians can’t stand Martinez. let’s hope that they all get the message.

orlandocajun on January 25, 2008 at 6:14 PM

“They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”

The clinton machine would drive mccain to a stroke before the election then vp nominee lindsey mcgraham will take mccains place.

peacenprosperity on January 26, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Damn…how many more turds can he fit in his punchbowl?

James on January 26, 2008 at 10:17 AM

I’m remembering a joke McAmnesty made about Chelsea, I don’t think Hillary liked him much then.

Shay on January 26, 2008 at 2:11 PM