Sean Hannity, a reliable bellwether on the right, has been on a similar journey since the fall. He announced the day after President Obama’s re-election that he had “evolved” on immigration reform and now supported a “path to citizenship” in order to improve relations with Hispanic voters. Hannity has now flipped hard against the Senate’s bill.
“Not only do I doubt the current legislation will solve the immigration problem,” he wrote in a June column, “but it also won’t help the GOP in future elections.”
Hannity and Hume didn’t arrive at their latest destination by accident. They’re just the latest figures on the right to embrace the compelling new message that’s whipping Republicans against immigration reform while still promising a better tomorrow for the GOP’s presidential candidates.
I suspect Chuck Schumer is right that there will be big pro-immigration reform demonstrations this summer. During those demonstrations, some protesters will undoubtedly do something to an American flag, perhaps accidentally, and Rush will spend a few weeks talking about brown people peeing on the American flag (or burning it or whatever).
It’s all ballot box poison for Republicans, most likely, but you’ve got to feed the monkey.
Update. Apparently, I’m getting senile, I thought that Rush Limbaugh’s first name was “Russ” when I first wrote this post.