Each and every GOP congressperson moved a little bit further to the right last night when they heard about GOP House Minority Leader Eric Cantor's loss to libertarian Tea Party darling, David Brat. Never before in U.S. history has a House Majority Leader been knocked off by a primary challenger.
And it wasn't close, either. Cantor...you'll have to pardon my language....got his ass kicked. He lost by 11% in his predominantly Republican Virginia district.
So, what happened? Polling in Cantor's district showed that the Majority Leader would beat Brat by a wide margin.
Cantor was a casualty of the "amnesty" crowd.
“Eric Cantor has been the No. 1 cheerleader in Congress for amnesty,” Brat told a half-dozen reporters. “Eric Cantor has spearheaded the amnesty push in the House. … There is no Republican in this country who is more liberal on immigration than Eric Cantor.”
Breitbart.com, this morning....
Brat made Cantor's past support for amnesty the central issue of the campaign in the final month.
"The central policy issue in this race has become Cantor’s absolute determination to pass an amnesty bill. Cantor is the No. 1 cheerleader in Congress for amnesty," Brat wrote in an op-ed for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Byron York, reporting on Republican reaction, wrote this.....The first (reaction by House Republicans) was amazement at the sheer power of immigration as an issue in GOP contests.
I have no idea why any Republicans would be amazed at the "sheer power of immigration as an issue in GOP contests." Republican President George W. Bush attempted to advance comprehensive immigration reform in 2007. But.....
Bush..... was unable to overcome fierce opposition from fellow Republicans who said it was an amnesty that rewarded illegal immigrants. A majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives also opposed the Senate bill.
The white, primarily male, GOP base will never support a "pathway to citizenship." Never. And it isn't because Republican base voters are racist, either. It's because Republican base voters believe in their hearts that Latino-American voters will vote Democratic. Rush Limbaugh and the hate-radio gang have convinced base GOP voters that reforming immigration laws will mark the end of the GOP as a national party. Point being that opposition by conservatives to reforming our immigration rules is based entirely on electoral politics of the future.
Let's look quickly at what Republicans call "amnesty." Here is a short description of the "amnesty" bill the Senate passed last year.....
The Gang of Eight bill would essentially revamp every corner of U.S. immigration law, establishing a 13-year pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, with several security benchmarks that have to be met before they can obtain a green card. The measure would not only increases security along the border, but requires a mandatory workplace verification system for employers, trying to ensure no jobs are given to immigrants who are not authorized to work in the United States.
"13 year pathway." After registering. paying fines and then obtaining a green card, undocumented immigrants would have to wait 13 years just to apply for citizenship.
That's what the far right wingers call "amnesty." The word "amnesty" is used to camouflage the real reason rightwing Republicans refuse to even consider immigration reform. The real reason is......future political prospects.
After Mitt lost his "self deportation"-laced race against Barack Obama, the GOP ordered an "autopsy" to find out what went wrong. The report came back.....
Besides improving outreach efforts, the authors of the autopsy report also advised the Republican Party to “embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform” as a way to attract Latino voters.
“If we do not, our party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only,” the authors stated in their report, adding that immigration is a gateway issue for many Latino voters.
The policy prescription that Republican leaders encouraged the GOP to "embrace" in the wake of Romney's failed campaign, which focused almost entirely on attracting white voters, is the very policy GOP base voters will never embrace. Cantor's huge loss last night is the evidence.
Finally, what do base Republican voters want to do with 10 million undocumented immigrants living inside America? To answer I must first point out that the Teas and the Patriots are too cowardly to say it like it is. So they use weasel words like this....
....people come to this country hoping to live in a place where the rule of law prevails and the law is equally applied to all. Real reform would uphold the rule of law and justice rather than mocking it.
That means....'round 'em up and deport them.
You've heard the saying.....'cutting off your nose to spite your face', right? Well, that's what Republican base voters are doing in slow motion. That GOP 'nose' sniffed out the party's problem with winning national elections.....the GOP must reach out to Latinos by passing immigration reform....or be forever marginalized as an out-of-touch, non-competitive political party. Base GOP voters rejected the accuracy and validity of what that 'nose' sniffed out......and responded by cutting that 'nose' completely off.
That 'nose' must have been "skewed", is all I can figure.
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