Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Republicans hand Democrats gigantic wedge issue for 2010

Not so very long ago it seemed as though Republicans had cornered the market on political power in America by using the divide-and-conquer method of using wedge issues. Things have changed, and it looks like Republicans in Arizona may have handed Democrats a wedge issue that will unify Democrats and divide Republicans as they head to the polls.

The issue? The new Arizona immigration law that compels Arizona's state and local law enforcement to engage in what amounts to racial profiling. While the racist fringe of the Republican Party has come out loudly in favor of the law, more thoughtful Republicans are recognizing this law's potential for alienating most independents (and all Latinos) from the Republican Party. Case in point? Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I give you "Turd Blossom" himself: Mr. Karl Rove:
“I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill,” he said to the standing-room-only crowd at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center. “I wished they hadn’t passed it, in a way.”[1]
Note to Republicans: when you've lost Karl Rove you are in trouble; you've definitely gone too far when Rove bolts.

Will this bill change the outcome of the 2010 elections? Hard to say. Perhaps, but the Democrats have a lot of hard work ahead of them.

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