Watching Senator Marco Rubio on the stage with his fellow Senators McCain, Schumer, Durbin and Menendez this afternoon was depressing to say the least. Even more depressing is that so many conservatives have no problem with the bipartisan amnesty deal that is likely to pass the Senate without much resistance. Rather than doing the right thing, too many Republicans are bowing to political pressure, and ignoring the fact that rolling over on immigration won’t do them any good politically.
The most depressing moment of the conference came, perhaps not coincidentally, during a panel on immigration when radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt, representing the pro-amnesty side of the argument, announced that he really didn’t want to be debating immigration because it was bad for Republicans to talk about the issue — especially when those talking about it were middle-aged white guys like himself and his antagonist, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Undeterred by Hewitt’s disavowal, Krikorian recounted facts that ought to give pause to conservatives who, since November, have begun jabbering desperately about winning over Hispanic voters by adopting a pro-amnesty line. Krikorian noted a Pew Research poll from 2011 that found Hispanics have the lowest opinion of capitalism of any group surveyed. Only 32 percent of Hispanics hold a favorable view of capitalism, while 55 percent have a negative view. Even supporters of the left-wing Occupy Wall Street movement expressed a more favorable view of capitalism than did Hispanics. Insofar as the Republican Party promotes policies favorable to capitalism, then, it is at odds with the sentiments of the one group whom the pro-amnesty Republicans insist their policy ideas will win over to the GOP.
Facts are stubborn things, John Adams once observed, but perhaps even more stubborn is the sense of panic that has gripped Republicans since Obama’s re-election. No sooner had the votes been counted than shell-shocked Republicans began making a lot of earnest noise about “demographics” and “culture.” (Read More)
How many of these 11 million illegals will have the right to vote? How many of those will vote Republican? How does adding millions of Democrats to the voter rolls help the GOP with demographics? How many of these illegals will refuse to assimilate into American culture? Oh, I suppose many of them will assimilate into the decrepit culture pushed by Hollywood, but will they assimilate into the traditional culture that has made this country thrive?
Ah well, at least not all Republicans are on board. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement this evening.
I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.
I guess the Hispanic junior Senator from Texas didn’t get the memo that it’s time to panic over demographics. He probably won’t get too many cocktail party invitations, either. But I’ll bet Marco Rubio will, at least for a little while.
Oh, and McCain and Rubio should be ashamed of themselves for standing on the stage with a child predator like Bob Menendez.
H/T The Other McCain
Update: Rush Limbaugh made the point today:
The Republican participation in this is taking place largely because they believe if they don’t do it, they will never win the presidency again because they will never get Hispanic votes.
That’s what they think.
They have been convinced that Hispanics hate them because of immigration. Now, we know this isn’t true. We’ve seen the data. We’ve seen the academic, scholarly data, and we know that 75%… I had these numbers before the election. It didn’t matter then and probably isn’t gonna matter now. Seventy-five percent of Hispanics do not vote for a president based on immigration. It’s not their top issue. The welfare state is. Government as the provider, government as the source of prosperity is the number one issue for Hispanic voters.
It isn’t immigration. (Read More)
He also said Rubio will be on his show tomorrow afternoon. That should be interesting.