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No one understands this better than Arizona Sen.
On Monday, appearing with a bipartisan group of eight senators who have reached a broad consensus on a new immigration plan, McCain did not try to hide the GOP fear factor that is driving the process. "The Republican Party is losing the support of our Hispanic citizens," McCain said. "And we realize this is an issue in which we are in agreement with our Hispanic citizens."
Just which “we” McCain was referencing is not entirely clear. Certainly, it does not encompass his entire party and definitely not the hard-right commentators on talk radio and
Not only do immigration reform opponents strongly believe it is wrong to give a path to legal status for the 11 million illegals who currently reside within U.S. borders, they are far from convinced that passing an immigration bill will do anything positive for the Republican Party.
While interviewing Florida’s Republican Sen.
"If 70% of the Hispanic vote went Republican, do you think the Democrats would be for any part of this legislation?" Limbaugh asked.
Earlier this week,
Yet, it is also true that, without a more generous stance on immigration, Republicans will continue to lose Latino votes. And the fact is Republicans do not need to win 70%, or even 51%, of Latinos. If they could just get back to Bush's 44% share, it could make a big difference. In 2012, it might have flipped the results in Colorado, Florida and Nevada, plus New Mexico and maybe even Virginia.