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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Just last year, Republican leaders warned that an anti-immigration stance is suicidal
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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It’s becoming increasingly clear to anyone who’s paying attention that the far-right wing of the Republican Party — the tail that wags the dog, as it were — is the biggest threat to the GOP’s prospects for electoral success in the long term.

Exhibit A is the extent to which the party’s establishment is cravenly cowering in the face of wingnut opposition to immigration reform.

So much for the short-lived hopes that the GOP had learned an important lesson from its loss in the presidential election of 2012.

Amy Davidson has more on this matter HERE:

The G.O.P. once hoped that Latino voters, whom it assumed were socially conservative, would be among its natural supporters. But, in 2012, Mitt Romney received only twenty-seven per cent of the Latino vote. (Bush got forty per cent in 2004.) The Republican National Committee’s postmortem report on the 2012 election warned that “if Hispanic Americans hear that the G.O.P. doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence…We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.” That sentiment now seems to belong to another decade. Immigration reform was, at best, prodded and circled, rather than embraced. Then, with the surprise defeat of Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, by a primary opponent who had made an issue of Cantor’s willingness to talk about the path to citizenship, it was shunned.

It is one thing for Republicans to decide that they will not be the party of immigration reform, but it is another to decide that they will be the anti-immigration party. If they do, they will define themselves in opposition to America’s future and, incidentally, to its past.

 

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