Like that’ll work…
Immigration is about to hit the news again, big time. My theory is that the Dems, with backs up against the wall and about lose at least one chamber, will use the immigration issue to split the Republican party and bring out the Latino vote.
There is a good chance that this will work, given that many on the right want to do the full “Tancredo”, and go marching off the cliff. Interestingly, it might augment Republican wins in 2010, but destroy any chance of winning over Hispanics in the future.
This would make the immigration issue the cause for the “Californication” of the GOP for the entire nation. That didn’t work out very well, did it? Speaking of California, I have two stories for you that show the GOP the way to winning the immigration issue, and hence, win the future.
In a dramatic turnaround from 16 years ago, Californians now overwhelmingly favor giving illegal immigrants a “path to legalization” rather than punishing them by denying them a public education and social services, according to a poll unveiled Monday.
The survey of 1,515 registered voters showed that 67 percent of Californians support a two-pronged approach to solving the illegal immigration problem: implementing stronger enforcement at the border while setting up a legalization path for undocumented immigrants who admit they broke the law, perform community service, learn English and pay fines and back taxes.
Seventy percent favor stricter border controls and a temporary worker program that does not grant illegal immigrants citizenship and requires them to return to their homeland. But only 45 percent favor denying the undocumented an education and taxpayer-funded health and social services.
Of course, if you are a fan of this site, you’ve known this to be the answer all along. I wish I could say that 67% of Californians read this site, but it seems that the right ideas are getting out there.
Here is another story that should give Republicans a cause to celebrate.
Reporting from San Antonio and Los Angeles
When Archbishop Jose Gomez introduced himself to the faithful Tuesday morning, he described Los Angeles as “the global face of the Catholic Church.” He might as well have been talking about himself.
Gomez, 58, who will succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony, is a reflection of the future of American Catholicism. Born in northern Mexico, now an American citizen, he is one of the millions of Latinos who will make up the majority of Catholics in the United States within the next 10 years.
And like many of those Latinos, he is at once a conservative and a progressive: unyielding in his opposition to abortion and gay marriage, passionate in his advocacy for immigrants and the poor, confounding to those who try to wedge him into the traditional right-left political paradigm.
Let us assume for a moment that the Republican fails in its attempt to return to the good graces of the voters. If there was a good name to describe a new party to take its place, that name might be “The Progressive Conservative Party” or The Conservative Progressive Party.”
Bishop Gomez sounds like he would be at home in that party, as would the majority of most Americans who favor generally socially conservative policies and limited, but effective, government.
But hey, let’s round them all up and kick them out of the country. Glen Beck will save us.