Tuesday, September 11, 2007
It is interesting to watch this slow-motion PR disaster for the Republican party. Democrats are wooing Hispanics, the largest minority in the US, while Republicans are talking about border fences and jailing illegal immigrants. Hispanics are moving in droves to Democrats. How blind can a party be to pursue such a wrong-headed direction? The Bush administration had the right idea for how to handle immigration, but Bush could not control his own people. So, it is time to sit back and watch voters swing from Republicans to Democrats and to reflect on the long history of nativism in the US. At least the Republicans can say their public relations wounds are self-inflicted. They have no one to blame but themselves, and the mess they are leaving for their future political spinmeisters will take a long time to clean up. One wonders if the Republican Party is ensuring minority status for decades to come.