David Brooks: CIR Defeat 'Political Suicide" for GOP

David Brooks: CIR Defeat 'Political Suicide" for GOP

"It’s beginning to look as though we’re not going to get an immigration reform law this year.  House Republicans are moving in a direction that will probably be unacceptable to the Senate majority and the White House. ... This could be a tragedy for the country and political suicide for Republicans, especially because the conservative arguments against the comprehensive approach are not compelling.  After all, the Senate bill fulfills the four biggest conservative objectives. ... Before Asians, Hispanics and all the other groups can be won with economic plans, they need to feel respected and understood by the G.O.P.  They need to feel that Republicans respect their ethnic and cultural identity.  If Republicans reject immigration reform, that will be a giant sign of disrespect, and nothing else Republicans say will even be heard.  Whether this bill passes or not, this country is heading toward a multiethnic future.  Republicans can either shape that future in a conservative direction or, as I’ve tried to argue, they can become the receding roar of a white America that is never coming back.  That’s what’s at stake." - David Brooks, July 12, 2013.