Monday, June 17, 2013

Lindsey Graham Warns GOP: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Who We Run In 2016′ If Immigration Reform Fails

The insanity and swamp fever that pervades the Republican Party base continues unabated and despite warnings that the Party needs to change course, the focus remains on pandering to the aging male, white supremacist elements of the GOP.  And when these folks aren't the ones being coddled, then it's the spittle flecked Christofascists who do not even grasp that they are slowly killing their own denominations not to mention the Christian brand as a whole.  The latest Cassandra is the Palmetto Queen, Lindsey Graham who is lamenting the GOP's future if immigration reform fails and the GOP retreats further into the racist world of the "real Americans" crowd.  Think Progress looks at Graham's warnings.  Here are excerpts:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — one of the Republican co-sponsors of an immigration reform bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11.1 million undocumented immigrations — told fellow Republicans that the GOP will fail to exist if reform does not become law.

“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,” Graham warned during on appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party, and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform. If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who will run, in my view.”

[W]hile several GOP-sponsored autopsy reports have urged the party to adopt a more welcoming tone toward immigrants, conservatives are still comparing immigrants to bankrobbers, while voting to deport DREAM-eligible immigrants. 

During a separate appearance on ABC’s This Week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who also helped draft the Senate’s immigration reform measure and may run for president in 2016, would not commit to voting for his own bill.

Yes, you read that right. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) compared undocumented immigrants to bank robbers.   King, notorious for railing against any immigration reform efforts, used the comparison to argue that deporting people is “not a particularly draconian punishment.”

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