Can the GOP go on being perceived as the paleface party given the rumblings about immigration and such? Like him or hate him, Pat Buchanan is fond of saying “The demographics are not on our side.” As usual, Pat’s paleo-conservatives are bereft of any solution. Ranting about illegal immigration is clearly beside the point.
The most recent data from the U.S. Census shows that minority births outpaced those of European descent for the first time.
By leaning restrictionist on immigration, the GOP faces a dim future. It won’t matter much that Hispanics are “socially conservative.” They have proven time and time again that they will vote their economic interests and that social democracy is where they will rest their aspirations. The Cubans won’t make up for any difference (even their knee-jerk opposition to trade with Cuba is growing stale.) The Democrats, of course, will play along with the dismal policies that make problems worse. But even they will bend their rules for cheap labor and valuable votes.
Discuss among yourselves.