The Republicans in Congress are eagerly intent in participating in their own demise. Since November, when the Republicans lost an election that was theirs for the taking, the so-called Grand Old Party has been listening to- and taking advice from- their political adversaries on how to make themselves more appealing to Hispanics.
I’ve said and written elsewhere before that the Republican party needs to employ a new generation of messengers to deliver their message if they’re to be successful in expanding the political influence of their party. These messengers are preferably admitted conservatives and under the age of 50; they don’t wear check pants or wingtips, they’re not members of country clubs and aren’t pasty white fellows who reek condescension.
And though the Republican party has a number of people who fit that exact description, they purposely neglect to use them.
Instead, they’ve chosen- beyond comprehension- to listen to Democrats to formulate their strategy in expanding their appeal and influence to minorities (specifically Hispanics) and young people. What sense does it make to listen to one’s political opposition when creating and implementing a plan to expand political influence? Only a party that lacks common sense, credible leadership, and who would rather play ‘not to lose’ than to actually win does something as noticeably and embarrassingly stupid as this.
Motivated by a combination of Democrat deception and the lack of testicular fortitude to practically engage this serious issue, Republicans in both houses are intent on passing a so-called comprehensive immigration bill that would have the effect of normalizing more than eleven million illegal immigrants. Though the devil lay in the details- in tandem with Democrat party credibility- the bill amounts to what many consider to be nothing short of amnesty prior to closing the borders, which would thwart more would-be illegals from taking advantage of congressional stupidity.
And increasing the numbers of Democrat voters.
In other words, Republicans- led by the Gang of Eight- foolishly believe that offering a relaxed path toward legality or citizenship to a group of people who willingly and knowingly broke the law will endear them to Hispanics, increasing Hispanic support come midterm elections in ’14 and in the presidential election in 2016.
How breathtakingly naive is the GOP in their foolish attempt at courting Hispanics? According to Census Bureau data, Hispanics only accounted for 8.4 percent of the electorate in the 2012 election. 8.4 percent.
As a parenthetical, blacks accounted for 13.4 percent of the electorate. The fact that Republicans are willing to fall on their political swords for Hispanic amor when blacks represent a greater percentage of the electorate is indicative of the lack of political capital blacks have as a result of their unquestioning loyalty to Democrats (even at the expense of their own self-interest). It’s a major reason why Republicans won’t take the time to create a credible strategy to improve their messaging among black Americans. They’ll simply continue their half-assed attempts in appealing to blacks, which many will argue is a justified course of action, considering.
Returning to the incompetency of congressional Republicans. They are willing to commit political suicide for 8.4 percent of the electorate.
One of the captains of the sinking ship Republicans refuse to abandon is Marco Rubio. At one point, Rubio was seen by many as the potential (conservative) savior of the Republican party. He’s bright, articulate, he’s an effective communicator and seemed to possess the necessary qualities of leadership.
Rubio, either through political naivete’ or an inflated sense of importance from reading his own press, has allowed himself to be irrevocably attached to- and politically cornered by- this sham of an immigration bill. As information began to leak regarding how bad this bill was becoming, Rubio chose to double down on his support for the bill rather than take a stand against the detrimental changes.
When more information became known regarding the infinitely flawed bill, rather than admitting the error of his ways and dropping his support for the bill- potentially salvaging his political future, he’s confusingly maintained his support for the bill further souring his name in the mouths of many of his previous supporters.
Whatever the case, Republicans are engaging in their party’s self-destruction by attempting to legitimize this bill. I’m not sure if they’re bright enough or care enough to know that this bill isn’t meant to pass. It’s simply a political tactic used by Democrats to expose their vulnerability (toward Hispanics) and politically neutralize them in the upcoming elections.
Since Republicans are complicit in their own self-destruction, I created a video to celebrate their achievement.