The Republicans not only lost an election, but in the process they also discovered evolution. In his post-election analysis, right-wing radio host Sean Hannity said, in reflecting on the fact that 70% of Latinos voted for Obama, “We’ve got to get rid of the immigration issue altogether.”
“I think you control the border first,” he said. “You create a pathway for those people that are here. You don’t say, ‘You’ve got to go home.’ And that is a position that I’ve evolved on.”
Evolved on? Isn’t evolution a no-no in Hannity’s camp?
Not anymore. Hannity is now speaking for the new Republican Party, the one created within hours after Obama easily slid into a second term with heavy support from the country’s new voting bloc: non-whites. It’s put quite a scare into the same arrogant, obstructionist bastards who pledged to make Obama a one-term president by blocking very effort he put forth to get the country back on its feet after Wall Street (and deregulation) trashed the economy.
One of those bastards is House Speaker John Boehner, who now says that he, the president and others can work out a plan on immigration reform that will resolve the issue once and for all. In other words, keep it from defeating Republicans in future elections.
The Republicans wouldn’t know a conscience if it bit them in the butt, but they know numbers when they see them: their white base is on its way to becoming a minority in this country in the next 30 years or so. Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in America.
Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Herman Cain, a Tea Party member who has his own radio show and enjoys a rather successful career on the talk circuit, said that it’s time for the extreme right wingers in the Republican Party to form their own third party. A party that will no doubt denounce evolution and declare the world flat, not to mention insist that the sun revolves around the Earth and thunder is the angels bowling in the clouds.
He’s not the first to see a loss in this election as pivotal to the future of his party. Extreme right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted months ago that if Obama triumphed, there would be a split in the GOP.
Maybe if the Tea Party and their ilk broke off, the Republicans could return to being the party of Abraham Lincoln, not Karl Rove. I don’t for a minute think that a viable third party of right-wing nut jobs will emerge from Mitt Romney’s defeat this past week.
One thing is certain, though, this is a rare opportunity for Obama and the Democrats to get some concessions from the Republicans. One of those concessions should be on immigration reform. The other should be on healthcare. Not only should the Republicans be pressed to drop their opposition to so-called Obama-care, but they should be pushed to support an expansion of healthcare reform.
Obama’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain by going for it now.