The idea has been around for dcades in the GOP as they reached out to blacks and women to expand their base. It was common talk by local Republican leaders desperate to win an election here and there. And now I am reading that party's gurus (if here are any authentic ones left) are trying to cope with the towering problem of appealing to Latino immigrants while telling them all to go home - and take their undocumented kids with them. .
The conflict is so rigidly locked in the party's history that even some GOP dandies are saying that the assault on immigrants ought to be toned down. An AP report described the concern of New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez, who wants her peers to "'watch their tongues" if they have any hope on luring Latino voters. At this stage of the harsh attacks on undocumented workers by these presidential candidates, she might just as well have suggested that they replace their genes.
Case in point: On the day the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King was being honored, Mitt Romney was hyperventilating on the campaign trail with his latest supporter, a guy named Kris Kobach. And why is that important to note? Kobach is known for his authorship of the Draconian anti-immigrant laws in Alabama and Arizona. Rising to his podium on Fox News, Kobach credited Romney for being much farther to the right on illegal immigrants than the other candidates.
As ThinkProgress notes, Kobach has a history of dumping on immigrants and was accused by his opponents in his losing campaign for congress in 2004 of "having ties with white supremacists."
It may be one more issue that Romney would prefer to discuss in a quiet room somewhere down the rabbit hole.