On immigration, Republicans are rushing headlong into a pool of quicksand that could suffocate their electoral odds in 2016 and beyond. (More)
Hillary Clinton Backs President Obama as Kris Kobach Warns of “Ethnic Cleansing”
After Mitt Romney lost in 2012, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) said Republicans need to “stop being the stupid party.” He was correct then, and he could repeat the same message about his party again this week.
“What happens, if you know your history, when one culture or one race or one religion overwhelms another culture or race?” the caller asked. “When one race or culture overwhelms another culture, they run them out or they kill them.”
“What protects us in America from any kind of ethnic cleansing is the rule of law, of course,” Kobach said. “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a President who disregards the law when it suits his interests. And, so, you know, while I normally would answer that by saying, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never happen in America,’ I wonder what could happen. I still don’t think it’s going to happen in America, but I have to admit, that things are, things are strange and they’re happening.”
Yes, the rule of law used to be unassailable. Back in those halcyon days, when the Ku Klux Klan waged a campaign of terror with the help of white cops, prosecutors, and juries, and the FBI spied on anyone J. Edgar Hoover didn’t like, and a president’s own staff organized a burglary.
We had the unassailable rule of law when a business cabal hired private cops, prosecutors, and judges to investigate, charge, convict, and execute Irish labor organizers. Or when they skipped the courtroom charade and just hired private armies to wage war on strikers.
We had the unassailable rule of law when a white mob rampaged through a black neighborhood in Tulsa, when a white mob burned the black town of Rosewood, Florida, and when a white mob in Wilmington, North Carolina staged the only coup d’état in U.S. history. But those all happened a long time ago and white people don’t riot anymore.
Maybe that unassailable rule of law is why Anonymous launched OpKKK in response to threats against the people of Ferguson, Missouri. Of course the KKK’s response was strictly within the unassailable rule of law: threatening to “accidentally” murder anyone wearing an Anonymous mask.
But dammit Kris Kobach’s ancestors came here legally. Except they didn’t “follow the law,” because there was no law to follow. They arrived at Ellis Island and – so long as they weren’t prostitutes, criminals, or Asian – they walked right on in.
And with their tantrums, Republicans are walking into political quicksand:
The politics of Obama’s move are explosive and could reshape 2016 presidential race. The reactions stand to sharpen the contrast between Democrats and Republicans, which is particularly salient among Hispanics, who broadly support immigration relief. Pledging to overturn Obama’s actions could become a litmus test in the GOP primary, if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other opponents demand as much. That could make life miserable for the eventual Republican nominee in the general election, where Hispanic voters, who helped give Obama two terms in office, are likely to again play an important role.
Thanks to POTUS for taking action on immigration in the face of inaction. Now let’s turn to permanent bipartisan reform. #ImmigrationAction
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 21, 2014
Republicans in Congress could take this opportunity to pass a token ‘border security’ bill, admit they can’t block President Obama’s order because the agency that handles work permits is self-funding, and tacitly agree to let it stand. But that would only increase the GOP Froth Quotient.
So they’ll walk into that quicksand, howling and screaming the whole time as their electoral chances get sucked under.