Monday, April 24, 2006

GOP Wedge Issue

You guessed it, it's immigration:

The immigration reform debate has highlighted a long-standing fissure in the GOP between the elitist Rockefeller business wing and the party's conservative populist base. Whether the two groups can continue to coexist and preserve the Republican majority is increasingly doubtful as conservatives begin to consider -- and in some cases cheer -- the possibility that the GOP may lose control of Congress this fall.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't a wedge issue normally considered an issue that gets used to pry the traditional voters away from the other party? Like using gun control to pry blue collar union workers away from Democrats or abortion to pry Catholics away from Democrats?

It seems that in this case, immigration is being used to pry the GOPs voters away from their own party. The vast majority of the Republican base opposes the amnesty and lack of enforcement by the GOP elite.

It doesn't seem like a wedge issue but rather more like a political hari kari issue. I suspect that a lot of Republicans politicians are about to find themselves unemployed and the rest are going to find themselves demoted to the role of minority loyal opposition. President Bush is going to find himself in the role of defendent as he spends the next two years complying with subpoenas and congressional investigations.

That's what happens when you betray and shaft your base!

4/25/2006 9:20 AM  
Blogger HispaniCon said...

It seems to be that Republican voters who want better enforcement of immigration laws are not doing themselves a favor by staying home or voting for Democrats. The Democrats don't strike anyone as the party of law enforcement, Hillary's latest pandering notwithstanding.

4/25/2006 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are right. In general Republicans are slightly better than Democrats on enforcement.

Personally I have all but given up on caring about the parties in total and only care about the indivduals. Even though in general, I prefer Republicans I will never vote for any Republican who votes for anything that resembles a guestworker shamnesty. I'll do my best to see that particular Republican unemployed. If that means holding my nose and voting for a Democrat, I guess that is the way it will have to be. I'll even give money to a Democrat in another State if it looks like they could unseat an open borders scumbag like David Dreir or Chris Cannon. The Republicans need some purging.

4/25/2006 4:36 PM  

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