Lindsey Graham: Amnesty gets us back in Hispanics’ “good graces”
On Meet the Press Sunday morning, clueless Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told host David Gregory that he favored former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a 2016 presidential candidate, although he declared no Republican could win unless comprehensive immigration reform was passed because the party was in a “demographic death spiral.”
“I think we’re going to have a political breakthrough, the Congress is going to pass immigration reform,” Graham opined. “I think we’re going to get plus 70 votes (in the Senate). I’ve never been more optimistic about it.”
“But if we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016. We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party and the only way we can back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform…and if we don’t do that, it doesn’t matter who we run, in my view,” Graham rambled.
In our view, Graham’s analysis is fatally flawed.
No Republican presidential candidate in at least 50 years has won even half of the Hispanic vote. John McCain, the nation’s leading amnesty proponent, carried less than a third — 31 percent of the Hispanic vote. Still Graham sings McCain’s song and dances to his tune.
President George H.W. Bush created “diversity visas,” massively increased legal immigration and even eliminated the English requirement on the naturalization test. In the 1992 election, his efforts were rewarded with a slim 25 pecent of the Hispanic vote — less than the 27 percent Romney received.
In the presidential election immediately after President Reagan signed the 1986 amnesty bill, the Republican share of the Hispanic vote actually declined from 37 percent to 30 percent — and that was in a landslide election for the GOP.
In her column “Hispanicked GOP elite: They’ll respect us in the morning,” Ann Coulter writes:“Whatever it is that makes Hispanics love Obama, it’s not amnesty. He double-crossed Hispanics on amnesty; in the words of Univision’s Jorge Ramos, “You promised (amnesty), and a promise is a promise and with all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise.” (SRAZ added this video link.) Obama still won 71 percent of their vote
Graham has partnered with McCain’s amnesty-pushing Gang of Eight: Jeff Flake, and the tightrope-walking presidential aspirant, Marco Rubio, along with far left Democrats Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez, and Michael Bennet. The group is called “bi-partisan” although it consists of iffy Republicans doing the bidding of liberal Democrats.
Here are the U.S. Senate phone numbers. Let them hear our voices loud and clear.
If you need encouragement to pick up the phone, McCain toady Lindsey Grahamnesty provides it: