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Newly elected Congressmen Lou Barletta (R-PA) (R) and Tim Scott (R-SC) (C) arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 17, 2010. The new members of the upcoming 112th Congress are going through orientation.   REUTERS/Jim Young
Rep. Lou Barletta, crusading xenophobe.
Time for that daily check-in on GOP efforts to be warmer and fuzzier toward Latinos, lest they forfeit the chance to ever win a national election again:
In an interview at his district office in Hazleton, [Pennsylvania Rep. Lou] Barletta said Republican leaders in Washington want to “get immigration off the table” because it had been so costly in November, when President Obama won re-election with a landslide of Hispanic votes.

“Why are we even talking about a pathway to citizenship when our borders aren’t even close to being secure?” said Mr. Barletta, vowing to fight a plan that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to compete legally for jobs.

“Let’s not take on any more water on this sinking ship,” he said. “Let’s patch the holes. Then we’ll decide what do we do with all this water that’s here.”

Yeah, that's not getting it done. And why can't Baretta get with the program? Because he represents people like this guy:
“The people in this town, we’re becoming a minority,” said Chris DeRienzo, 30, a wedding photographer who opposes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. “It hurts. I grew up here. It’s not what it used to be.”

“You want to scream,” he added.

Yes, times are getting tougher for bigots. And, by extension, that means that times are getting tougher for the GOP.
Joe Pettimato holds a sign supporting Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta as he attends a rally in support of immigrant issues in Scranton, Pennsylvania, March 12, 2007.  A Pennsylvania town's anti-illegal immigration law created a climate of fear in which businesses failed and people moved out, a lawyer argued on Monday as a trial seen as a test of U.S. immigration policy began. The result of the case, the first federal trial over whether local jurisdictions can make their own laws on illegal immigration, is expected to affect cities and towns across the United States as the country debates what to do with the 12 million illegal aliens estimated to be inside its borders.  REUTERS/Bradley C Bower
Barletta's constituents aren't in any mood for "rebranding".

Originally posted to kos on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:14 AM PDT.

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