The problem with all this talk that amnesty is a question of timing, that it will be more acceptable next year than it is now, misses two big things.
First, amnesty is unacceptable as a matter of policy and principle. Timing is irrelevant.
Second, imagine the GOP holds it together long enough to win big by focusing on ObamaCare and punting on immigration. Are they really then going to pivot away from ObamaCare and onto amnesty?
Sadly all we’re really debating is when the GOP will do something incredibly stupid and not if they will.
Remember all of this the next time someone from Team GOP says conservatives are helping Democrats. If the GOP would stop doing dumb things, we’d be happy to fight the Democrats but we’re not there yet.
Basically, the Gentry GOP position is that conservatives are “helping Democrats” by trying to stop the Gentry from doing something incredibly destructive to their own principles and party.
We don’t need a new party or principles. We need a new Gentry. Or better yet, no Gentry and a party responsive to its membership and principles.