Why Republicans who agree with a GOP majority betray the GOP

How big is the GOP's "big tent"?

How big is the GOP’s “big tent”?

“I’ve never felt like the sins of the parents should be ascribed to the children, you know. If your children always have to pay the price for adults’ decisions they make — how fair is that? For people who have no country to go back to — which are many of the DREAMers — it’s ridiculous to think that there shouldn’t be some accelerated path to citizenship.”

— Jeb Bush, in an April 2013 appearance
before the Hispanic Leadership Network

And there you have it — words that will dog Jeb Bush from now until he drops out of the race for president. They will appear in attack ads against him. He will be reminded of them repeatedly in GOP debates:

It’s ridiculous to think that there shouldn’t be some accelerated path to citizenship.”

In those same remarks, Bush also noted that “it’s not possible in a free country to completely control the border without us losing our freedoms and liberties,” which is another common-sense statement bound to horrify. The fact that Bush is correct, that any application of basic human decency should lead someone to the same conclusion about the dreamers, won’t help him much. The fact that in polls, some two-thirds to four-fifths of Americans agree with him also won’t help him. Amazingly, the fact that a majority of fellow Republicans say they support the policy expressed by Bush also won’t help him.

Here’s how the question broke down in a Fox News poll taken last year:

FoxImmig

Sixty percent of REPUBLICANS in the Fox poll said they support allowing illegal immigrants to qualify for citizenship. Just 19 percent of Republicans say they support a policy of deportation. But because Bush dared to say something that a majority in his own party would support, he has seriously damaged himself as its potential nominee.

After Bush’s statements recently reached mainstream attention, CNN asked GOP activists and grassroot leaders what they thought:

“…. the universal reaction from conservative operatives was “Wow.”

That’s the word Hogan Gidley, a South Carolina Republican operative who’s advised both Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum’s presidential campaigns, used when confronted with the comments….

“Wow” is also what conservative strategist Daniel Horowitz, who edits the site ConservativeReview.com, said when he saw them.

“I’m just reading this stuff — wow,” he said. “This is insane. Honestly, I don’t take him seriously, because of [comments like] these and because of the Bush name it’s very hard to see him getting anywhere in a primary.”

And it was the response to the comments from Brent Bozell, chairman of the conservative group ForAmerica.

“That thinking is utterly contrary to what grassroots Republicans believe. He is reflecting the viewpoint of the Chamber of Commerce and big business,” he said….

“Watch for his opponents to smack him in the mouth all primary season long with his own words,” he said.

DrudgeBushThat shouldn’t be a surprise, not when congressional Republicans in Washington are willing to shut down the Department of Homeland Security to try to force President Obama to resume deporting dreamers. Not when Bush’s comments are featured prominently on Drudge. Not when Ann Coulter writes that “I wouldn’t be putting a lot of money on another President Bush, unless we’re talking about the next president of Mexico.”

But it goes well beyond immigration, and in fact illustrates perfectly why the GOP is so dysfunctional. They have allowed the creation of a very narrow definition of conservatism, and anybody in the party who dares to express an opinion outside that box risks  excommunication as a traitor, even when, as in this case, that opinion is in fact held by a majority of Republicans.

It’s crazy.

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Joel Edge
Joel Edge

"that opinion is in fact held by a majority of Republicans."

Then his statements shouldn't be a problem, should it? Your arguing points are becoming adversarial. 

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

"...he has seriously damaged himself as its potential nominee."

Which might actually be a good thing. I don't believe many Murkins want a continuation of the Bush dynasty. Even Barbara said so.

fedup52
fedup52

JohnBuck2

I'm not sure you'd call a party that controls 31 governors seats, the majority of the U.S. House and Senate dysfunctional.

+++++++

Every time somebody writes this crap I have to respond.


Winning with 20% of all eligible voters is not a mandate.


td you must grown tired of seeing me repeat this figure.  Yet you don't learn.  Learning disability I guess.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@fedup52


Winning with 20% of all eligible voters is not a mandate.

Also, it's not like a majority of the country is in a state under complete GOP control. For all the gains they made in 2014, that number is 47.8%, at least according to this.

http://wapo.st/1EoIgzK

Smokeyone
Smokeyone

I know I am stupid for reading this and hoping to see anything beyond binary arguments such as libs and cons, Dems and Repubs, red and blue. I hope most of you are really more thoughtful than that.  Maybe one day we all can actually join the conversation.

Penses
Penses

@DebbieDoRight 


"Are you deliberately a moron or do you just play one on television?"


LOL. Doesn't look like "Debbie" is doing "right". FYI, from the AJC User Agreement:


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JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

Cuddling up to Iran and Cuba, releasing terrorists, failing to help allies face serious threats:  I never liked Obama but I really thought he'd have more testicular fortitude than he does.

JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

@HeadleyLamar @JohnBuck2 For Conservatives, it's possible not to like an elected official and still support him,, or have hopes they'll do well.


I know...I know... That's a foreign concept to you libs who want to sabotage at every turn.

idigalot
idigalot

Speaking of cuddling up to Iran, who was that president back in the 80s that secretly sold missles to Iran, in violation of the law?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

In a statement on Jordan state TV, the armed forces said the airstrikes included ISIS training centers, arms and ammunition depots and were "just the beginning and you shall know who the Jordanians are."


Go Jordan military !!!

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Obama not out backing up Jordan.......??????.......or very quietly?.......secret stuff again I guess

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@LeftisnotRight 

What help has Jordan requested?  I was not aware that they had asked for our help.

Or are you advocating invading Jordan?  Ala Nixon with Cambodia, perhaps?

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@LeftisnotRight Nope, just like Israel, ME country leaders are bypassing Obama and going directly to the congress for support.  Guess that happens when you're a LAME-DUCK President.

SeriouslyFolks
SeriouslyFolks

@Bulls_3y3 @LeftisnotRight And here I thought the Republican Congress was all about "rule of law" and "separation of powers".....guess you are now siding on the argument to "uphold the Constitution when convenient" is bunk??

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Bulls_3y3 @LeftisnotRight 

Really?  What support did King Abdullah request from Congress?  (This is my ever-so polite method of exposing your lie, without being rude).

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LilBarryBailout @LeftisnotRight

People who are super honest know where the "leading from behind" business came from and don't mock the man who apparently originated the phrase.

(I suspect you still think that guy was a dirty commie who needed a few more years in stir.)

JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

I'm not sure you'd call a party that controls 31 governors seats, the majority of the U.S. House and Senate dysfunctional.  You see this is what happens when liberal news papers read their own print.  They forget the reporting was biased to begin with.  Yes there are some conservative odd balls.  We know this because we are guaranteed to read everyone of their statements in the press while the liberal odd balls and main stream conservatives are ignored.

td1234
td1234

@JohnBuck2 You are confusing the progs with facts now. They have no answer. 

JohnBuck2
JohnBuck2

@HeadleyLamar @Visual_Cortex @JohnBuck2 Oh..you arrogant libs...Really, I think you blue states should just succeed already so you can all be superior together...you know and sniff your own farts.  Leave us po white trash to languish in our misery 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Jordan is so inconsequential that highly informed people don't know who their leader is.

And they are still putting Obozo's cowardice to shame by taking on ISIS.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

O'Bozo hasn't even helped them with ammo. No wonder our allies no longer trust us.

SeriouslyFolks
SeriouslyFolks

@HeadleyLamar @LilBarryBailout Not until they come streaming over the border carrying Ebola!!!......okay, maybe not "streaming"....and not Ebola.....WAIT...MEASLES!!!  ISIS is bringing MEASLES!!!!!  So no one get vaccinated....wait....thats confusing......

Oh....back to the first flash card..."MIDDLE EAST LEADERS are doing more than OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!"....there.....

whew...that IS exhausting!  Dont know how our Cons do that EVERY single day!!!!

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@LilBarryBailout 

"Jordan is so inconsequential that highly informed people don't know who their leader is..."

What?  They why are you "going on" about their king (I bet you didn't even know it was a king  LOL!)?

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@Normd To be fair, the Reagan/GHWBush admin helped arm and train Saddam Hussein, including giving him the chemical weapons he used on his own people...