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Exit polls revealed that Republicans lost the minority vote. Losing African Americans was no surprise and Republicans have no hopes nor plans nor policy changes other than voter suppression to deal with that demographic.

Regarding Hispanics however, Republican political and thought leaders are hopeful that making some changes can attract more Hispanic votes. This will be more difficult for them than many imagine ...

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, who criticized Romney throughout the campaign for his hard right tack on immigration, tweeted that the U.S. “must sweeping, generous immigration reform.”

Hannity said on his radio show that he’s “evolved” on the issue and now supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R), a pro-amnesty Republican, decried his fellow Republicans’ decision to “pander to what they thought was the base of the party — the loud, shrill anti-immigration voices out there.”

“In order to move forward as a party and a nation on this critical issue we need to reject the extreme right-wing partisan rantings of the Joe Arpaios and Kris Kobachs who do not represent the majority of the Republican Party,” he said.

Arpaio is an anti-immigration Arizona sheriff, while Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) authored the controversial Arizona immigration law, portions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court.

But the border hawks aren’t going anywhere — and predicted a war within the party if Boehner and other Republicans seek to push forward on a comprehensive reform plan.

“They appear to be making a pure political calculation regardless of principle and policy because they think it'll garner votes,” Kobach told The Hill. “I think individuals like Krauthammer and Boehner may have their thoughts they've developed from their high perches but members of Congress are in touch with voters and citizens of America are very anti-amnesty… we have 20 million people unemployed and Republican leaders and now saying it's time for amnesty? That's absurd.”

“I think pandering is the worst way to respond, it'd be a huge mistake and amnesty is a terrible decision, a terrible bill,” said Bay Buchanan, another Romney surrogate and the sister of former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, a longtime opponent of amnesty.

“If leadership attempts to move in this direction there will be an internal battle on this, it'll be very vocal and it'll be very national,” she said.

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  •  The war they need to have is over emigration (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, dopper0189, luckylizard

    Those who want to leave vs. those willing to stick it out here for at least the next four years.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:28:28 AM PST

  •  It'd Take Some Time But There's a Solid Solution (3+ / 0-)
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    exterris, Serendipity, SherwoodB

    for them that they should be able to peddle to their factions, if they take some care.

    Nothing as big as comprehensive immigration reform of course. And no I'm not going to help them solve their problem by going into any detail.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:32:30 AM PST

    •  The really sad thing is their motive. (1+ / 0-)
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      Naniboujou

      Our immigration system has been broken for decades. Fixing it, in the words of our newly elected president is simply, "The right thing to do."

      Still, if it takes a blow to the body to get them moving. . . .

      The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. James Russell Lowell

      by Serendipity on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:09:26 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I keep reading about the... (1+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou

    "white vote" staying home. That's what a number of the Republicans are saying and how they are explaining the difference between John McCain numbers and Romney numbers.  

    Forget about staying home, how much of the "white vote" has died in the past 4 years? We see that the Repubs aren't attracting new voters, so their base is kicking the bucket in large numbers.

  •  Hannity has evolved on the immigration issue..... (4+ / 0-)
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    ankae, Naniboujou, SherwoodB, bythesea

    Yeah right.....He got his ass kicked.

  •  Great conversation on Chris Hayes (2+ / 0-)
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    lighttheway, condorcet

    this morning re: immigration, with a clip of Hannity's comments (he sounds sane; maybe he really has evolved!) but an excellent roundtable.

    Thanks for this pertinent diary! It will be interesting to see how things change. The far right will really have no place to go except to confine itself to small enclaves eventually.

    I can't think of any countries who are looking for immigrants who are crazy Christofascist racists to come and live there. Nonetheless, like a trapped animal, they may fight to the death.

  •  I haven't really seen it yet (1+ / 0-)
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    dougymi

    The only "evolution" I've seen is to stop saying "self deportation". Even the Krauthammer article is just a retread of an article he wrote in 2006.

    They don't get the fundamental idea that there are communities that span the border between the US and Mexico. It's still "us versus them" in their eyes.

  •  I voted "no its policies that matter", but (0+ / 0-)

    running hispanics is also a successful formula, but the message and the policy is also essential.  Not that I want the GOP to figure any of this out...

    Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

    by lighttheway on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:28:17 AM PST

  •  Now the GOP marketers begin (0+ / 0-)

    4 years of "Brownwashing".  

    Vote for Pedro!

  •  If a decent plan passes the Senate-- (0+ / 0-)

    like maybe that Schumer-Graham thing--Boehner won't bring it up for a vote if he wants to keep his gave.

    There will be more than enough Republicans to vote for it.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:59:55 AM PST

  •  Hmmm (1+ / 0-)
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    malevola

    The funny thing is, if they can keep the racist elements of their party fairly quiet, they can get back a percentage of the Hispanic vote like those from Bush era. However, with the promise of an internal battle - very public, vocal and national...well then I guess we won't see a major increase in that voting bloc moving to the right.

    Once the Hispanics hear the abuse at the national level, it will cement the GOP as a white party for a long time.

    Grab the popcorn.

    This is our moment...this is our time! President Barack Obama

    by ankae on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:11:45 AM PST

    •  That genie's out of the bottle, pass the popcorn (0+ / 0-)

      The racists won't play along any more, and even if they were willing, it would be too late for the Republicans to get back the Latino vote simply by keeping the racists quiet.  I can't imagine that Latinos would trust a party that has paraded its true, ugly colors so publicly.

      The national Republican Party is starting to look more and more like Pete Wilson and the California Republican Party of 1994.  It's only a matter of time before Republicans piss off enough Latinos in Texas to force the kind of organization (rebellion) there that destroyed the Republican Party in California.  

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:48:12 AM PST

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  •  I think you are exactly right. (0+ / 0-)

    Why do the R's think everyone but them is stupid?

    I know..

    I don't believe in god, but I'm afraid of him. -Gabriel Garcia -8.75, -8.97

    by malevola on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:49:01 AM PST

  •  It's not just immigration (0+ / 0-)

    I'm proud to say that the GOP lost us Asian-American voters by just as much as they lost Hispanic voters. (Technically by a little bit more according to exit polls, but margin of error with small subsamples, yada yada yada.)

    Republicans have an image problem as a hush-hush wink-wink whites-only party. Their immigration policies are more of an effect than a cause.

  •  Introduce immigration reform again now (0+ / 0-)

    It is important that Democrats introduce immigration reform measures as soon as possible. If Republicans want to embrace it great, if not keep forcing them to be very public obstructionists on the issue. Reform is morally correct and a big lever that can be used against the far right. Democrats need to be leaders.

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