Immigration Switch a Leap of Faith for GOP
David Weigel on the 'demographic dare' that could save or ruin Republicans
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 30, 2013 1:44 PM CST
In this May 4, 2007, file photo, Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity speaks in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

(Newser) – In his book 10 years ago, Sean Hannity raged against illegal immigration. But just days after Barack Obama's reelection, Hannity, ever a "weather vane of popular Republican Party opinion," said he'd "evolved" on the issue, David Weigel of Slate observes, adding that "evolved is conservative media code for sold out in the hopes of a brunch invite from Arianna Huffington." It's not hard to see why Hannity panicked: "He wanted Republicans to win elections, and immigration made it harder."

Now congressional Republicans are making the same calculation. But it's a gamble, Weigel points out: They're adding millions of potential Hispanic voters to the pool. "Can they win these people over?" Many, including Marco Rubio, believe they can, given that Hispanics lean conservative on social issues. But others believe Hispanics are natural Democrats. "There is a theory of 'makers' and 'takers,'" explains Weigel, "and no matter how many calluses they get picking lettuce, the new arrivals go into column two." Read Weigel's full column on the "demographic dare" here.

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Jan 31, 2013 9:55 AM CST
Hardly a leap of faith, more like a last ditch effort for survival.
Jan 31, 2013 8:45 AM CST
My Dad was a Democrat all his life.. Because his dad was.. But both of them championed Republican ideas.. Maybe it was because Lincoln was a republican and a damn Yankee. Or because it was because the rows of Democrat and Republicans has completely reversed in their life time.. And no one told them??? Spanish/Mexican might have the same issue. Their Catholicism and hard work for pay ethic makes them conservative.. But they dream of USA Democracy.. so they may think they are democrats.. Especially is the democratic parts reinforces their confusion by appearing to care for them for something other than their votes...
Jan 31, 2013 12:47 AM CST
This college drop-out has "evolved" only because the stupid intransigent Republican stance on immigration is costing them votes. Sean Hannity is an opportunistic, uninformed partison hypocrite who passes himself as an expert on politics. Why anybody buys this guy's books is a mystery to me. He's no better than Glen Beck, another college drop-out who thinks he knows everything.