Republicans Make Nice, But Are Their Hearts True?
I thought I'd give the
Some in the party leadership are preparing to woo Latino voters, you see. They're fixing up a nice little package full of immigration reforms in the hopes of rekindling a relationship they effectively dumped in the gutter during the last election.
Will their jilted inamoratas be won over?
Consider this a hesitant first date. Passing sensible immigration reform is a way Republicans can show some respect and lay the groundwork for a more committed and equal partnership on issues more meaningful to Latino voters.
That's right. For all of the attention the immigration issue gets, it is not the top issue for Latino voters. Not by a long shot.
Latinos cast 10 percent of all votes last November, and 71 percent of them supported
There are more than 53 million Latinos in the nation. About 11 million people are illegal immigrants, and not all of them are from Spanish-speaking countries.
Do the math.
It's a defining point. Latino voters' similarities to other voting demographics are greater than their differences. They are concerned about staying employed, providing a solid education for their children and living in a safe society.
The sooner Republicans gets that message, the better they will fare with Latino voters. This largely blue-collar bloc has never been a natural constituency for the
In 2012, the party's fringe elements, including several candidates for the party's presidential nomination, spouted off about illegal immigrants in what could only be described as demeaning diatribes.
So the party leadership will need to conspicuously silence the crazy uncles within the ranks. A few are sure to pop their heads up during the present Congressional session if and when immigration bills are introduced.
If you want to mend a broken relationship, a bit of groveling goes a long way, especially if you're the guilty party. And, my friends, that shoe fits the
Republicans are a proud bunch. If they want to salvage a little bit of dignity, they can blubber about how they strayed from the example of fidelity set by the late, sainted
But what Reagan didn't accomplish is equally as important.
No surprise that people kept arriving, lured by better wages than were available in
The other truth is that about 40 percent of the illegal population initially arrived legally. They later lapsed into illegal status when visas expired and they failed to leave the country. Braying about "securing the border" first won't affect that problem.
Overall, talk that consistently paints immigrants and Latinos in particular as a problem group, rather than potential assets for the nation, will trip up Republicans if they are not careful. It's about showing respect and dealing with immigrants fairly that Latinos are hoping to hear and see play out in new laws.
Let's hope the Republicans don't act like a husband who sends a dozen red roses to make nice after a gaffe. Too often, the same fellow refuses to change, relying on flowers and candy to soothe new wounds.
It's the long-term, daily attention that fosters a healthy bond. It's true in love, and in politics.
Read the latest political news.
- Gilded Class Warriors
- 'Assassination Memo' a First Step in Setting New Warfare Parameters
- The Double Threats
- Rush to the Defense? Not So Fast
- Why Annihilate the GOP?
- A New GOP, or Just A Cosmetic Touchup?
- Government Spending That Isn't Smart
- Obama's Second Coming
- Operation Hubris
- Can the GOP Escape Its Bubble
- Leave Liberal Hollywood to the Liberals
- Can GOP's Local Success Translate to Federal Level?
- United States Shouldn't Create Underclass of Immigrants
- Rubio vs an Invisible Obama
- Marco Rubio's Problem Wasn't the Water
- Rubio and the GOP's Thirst for Leadership
- The GOP's Civil War Stumbles On
- Two Cheers for Republican Rebranding
- Obama's Blunt Challenge to Congress
- Conservative Business Leaders Should Widen Their Scope
- Calling Out Bugnut Idiocy
- No Easy Answers for Gun Woes
- A Time to Resist
- Recycling Old and Failed Ideas
- Obama: An Energized Lame Duck
- Obama's Place in History Already Assured
- Obama's License to Kill by Drone
- Drone Double Standard
- Torture Helped Get bin Laden?
- Let Us Prey
- A Message to Obama, Served Cold
- Government Should Not Define 'Church'
- Where The Buck Still Stops
- Republicans Make Nice, But Are Their Hearts True?
- Incoherent Immigration Reform
- The Eye Doctor and the 'I' Pol
- 60 Minutes' Missed Opportunity
- Obama and Rubio: A Study in Contrasts
- State of the Union, At Home and Abroad
- The Minimum Wage and The Meaning of a Decent Society
- The Hoax of Austerity Economics
- Diplomacy: Lying Politely
- United States and Israel Push The Boundaries of International Law
- Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes
- One Day The World Will Thank Bush For Shaking Up The Arab Region
- Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?
- State of the Union Allows Presidents to Outline Agenda
- State of the Union Address Likely to Focus on Domestic Issues
- Obama Again Offers to Negotiate Big Deficit Deal
- Immigration Reform Plan is a Farce
- The GOP Crack-up and Obama's Unraveling of the Republican Coalition
- GOP: Rest in Peace?
- A Time to Build
- Obama's Challenge
- Obama's Debt-Ceiling Strategy Could Put The Squeeze on GOP
- Obama's Battle Hymn of the Republic
- Why I'm Singing the Inauguration Blues
- Obama's Inaugural Address Not Progressive Enough
- Taking Joe Biden Seriously
Republicans Make Nice, But Are Their Hearts True? | Politics
(c) 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc