The single-sentence words of the ballot initiative ring with clarity:
“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin, in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.”
Ward Connerly, one of the nation’s foremost advocates for abolishing race and gender based affirmative action, is the brains behind the initiative to end racial preferences that has been a big winner in California, Washington state and Michigan. It will appear on the ballot in Colorado, a politically pivotal state for the presidential candidates, and is expected to make the November ballot in Arizona and Nebraska.
Yet Michelle Malkin reports that until this weekend, John McCain had refused to take a position on Connerly’s measure. McCain has been a squish on the issue for years and remains untrustworthy now. He supported minority contracting set-asides and withheld support of an anti-preference measure proposed in 1998 by then-AZ state senator Scott Bundgaard, which McCain told Hispanic leaders was “divisive.” The Washington Post’s The Trail covers McCain’s weekend change of heart during an appearance with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
During the last election cycle, GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos failed to support the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which won 58-42 in year of devastating Republican losses. DeVos was defeated by Democrat incumbent Governor Jennifer Granholm, by nearly the same margin the initiative succeeded: 56-42.
The issue resonates across racial and party lines with thinking Americans.
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