It’s a week after the election and Arizona still has 300,000+ votes to count, some of which are provisional ballots (i.e., cast by possible Mexicans because they are brown) that might expire tomorrow. In other words, everything went according to Republican plan.
That’s why I had to laugh when I heard people like Sean Hannity say that they’re ready to do immigration reform, as if that will fix the problem Republicans have with Latinos. If you’re one of the 500,000 or so mostly Latino mostly new/early/provisional voters who’s wondering if the Republicans will let your ballot be counted, I’m thinking that there’s fuck-all the Republicans can do right now to win your vote the next time, or the time after that. It’s not that disenfranchisement trumps immigration reform, though it might. Latinos know that Republican obstruction is the reason we don’t have immigration reform. A few House Republicans grudgingly voting for immigration reform isn’t going to change a 70/30 or 80/20 split in Latino voting preference that took years to create, and the House isn’t going to overturn SB 1070 or push Jan Brewer out of office.