The other GOP big names--Giuliani, McCain, Brownback--are open-bordered amnesty advocates, so Tancredo has my support for sure (I'll also strongly back Duncan Hunter if he's able to gain some notoriety). That Tancredo has enthusiastically supported the Bush Administration's war in Iraq isn't optimal, but I don't want to make the perfect an enemy of the good. Encouragingly, Tancredo has joined in the chorus of opposition to Bush's recent troop 'surge' (that still falls nearly 350,000 troops short of what a RAND survey concluded would be necessary to stabilize the place).
And immigration reform is more important than the war in Iraq. That's easy for me to say as I bask comfortably in the glow of my LCD screen, five hundred miles away from any spot outside of the continental US. But on the macro level, the Iraq war is something the US can recover from.
Yes, we may end up squandering 5,000 promising American soldiers and up to $2 trillion for what is a strategic net loss even before factoring in the dead and wounded or the enormous economic costs. But fundamentally our free market system, entrepreneurial ethos, relatively high IQ population, and strong national unity (for a Western nation), will remain intact. Continued importation of the Hispanic underclass, in contrast, directly threatens all of these essential fabrics to continued US greatness. The Iraq war is like going to a local community college when offered a full-ride at MIT, while maintaining open borders is like eating paint chips instead of potato chips. With the former, the next Bill Gates may still be lingering in the parents' garage; with the latter the effects are irreversible.
I realize that Tancredo is a long shot. In (premature) polling among Republicans, Tancredo and Hunter garner a combined 2%! He's short and doesn't possess a particularly alacritous tongue. The Republican's national leadership and its corporate backers are firmly against him. Even though he's been a sovereignty champion for years, he's still largely an unknown figure. I've had a Tancredo for President bumper sticker on my car for almost three years now (I was in my sophomore year of college in a very leftist town, and I like conversational engagement, so give me a break--although now that I work for a large corporation it probably isn't in my personal best-interest to retain the sticker), and almost everyone who makes mention of it to me does so by asking me who he is.
But if not before then, when the debates begin the Hunter-Tancredo one-two punch will make the populist alternative public knowledge. If nothing else, it'll force other nominees to justify empirically why they hold US sovereignty in contempt. The sooner we get that ball rolling the better, so sign the petition and encourage Tancredo to go for it.