It must amuse Hispanic movers and shakers to watch the GOP fall all over itself to make sure the taint of remarks made by Donald Trump won’t stymie the party’s chances for a win next year (see: Free Country Means You Had Better Agree, or Else). More candidates are running for president and sticking knives in conservative backs than any of us can keep track of, but the news about a possible RNC rebuke of the Donald is shedding too much light on how Republicans view their chances. Members of our splintered, fractured, haplessly indecisive faux conservative party appear ready to admit defeat on immigration and have chosen a pretty cowardly way to tell us about it.
GOP record on Hispanics is clear, thanks to Democrats
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ bullying stance on the difference between Democrats and Republicans is, to the CHC’s credit, hard to mistake. “Republican Attacks on the Latino Community”1 include saying no to birthright citizenship, using E-Verify, refusing to pass the DREAM Act, and something we should pay more attention to:
Shameful comments from Republican Legislators.2
Yes, it’s true. Republicans have made some shameful comments, but they aren’t the same comments the CHC is talking about.
Who is the biggest coward in the GOP?
That’s an easy question to answer, given the push to tone down the bombast. The biggest coward in the GOP is the one who will come out the loudest against comments construed as anti-immigrant that are made by any fellow Republican. So far we have heard negativity from Marco Rubio, Ricky Perry, Lindsey Graham,3 and Chris Christie. As reported on Breitbart.com,4 Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush have also weighed in against Trump. Ted Cruz proved he is not a coward.
As usual, prominent GOP voices are choosing the Jim Jones route by keeping suicidal party disunity alive and in the public eye instead of loudly challenging those who object to candid remarks about a problem Democrats are largely responsible for.
Just what transpired between Trump and the RNC is still in dispute, but in the end it isn’t all that important. What matters is that it hit the headlines fast, hard, and makes the GOP look like a pack of cowardly back-stabbers ready to change their position as soon as the left cries foul.
After the party took over on Capitol Hill it sounded like Republicans were ready to take no prisoners and earn our trust. John Boehner declared:
I said before Thanksgiving that Republicans would fight his [Obama’s immigration] unilateral actions. We’re looking at a variety of options, both for right now and when Republicans control both Houses of the Congress next year.5
We’re still waiting. Our trust has been thrown to the dogs by GOP knees already starting to wobble as we approach next year’s moment of decision.
Obama had the courage to strike out on his own. He got away with it. Republicans too quick to criticize each other should take a hint. They could try taking a chance at success instead of falling back on the old standby, trying to sound like Democrats in conservative garb whenever someone takes offense.
Worst Political News This Week published July 11, 2015.