Here’s the main problem with throwing in with Arizona for a Democrat (aside from the humanitarian aspects; let’s just talk strategy for a second): a good portion of your constituency is black. If you can keep on the “we need the jobs here to go to Americans” side of the fence, you can appeal to people, regardless of their ethnicity.
But if you start, as a white man who wants to govern the state, talking about how the states have to address things the federal government just doesn’t get, you have to understand the echos your words have. There are still a lot of black voters in this state who remember other times when white men in power talking about how the states have to handle things their own ways because the federal government just doesn’t get it meant really bad things for them.
People are people, so, yeah, you can dick over a very small minority of people without it mattering too much to people who aren’t in that minority. But you’ll find people start to pay attention when you start talking about states taking matters into their own hands, especially when those people have experienced what that means for them.
I don’t believe McWherter is astute enough to realize what he’s playing with here, which is why, if I were his strategist, I would have advised him to stay away from the issue.
But whatever. At this point, I’m just waiting for him to decide he’s “pro-life” and then we will have the trifecta.