Remember all the talk about the GOP’s efforts to rebrand their party following the 2012 election? Well…is it safe to assume that their rebranding effort is now well & truly dead? Quoting Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D), who earlier this evening basically ripped the GOP a new one:
How did we get here? In the dark of night Republicans are voting to deport DREAMers, take away the DACA program, and make every undocumented immigrant deportable.
In 2012 the Republicans were shellacked and they spoke of turning over a new leaf with younger voters, with Asian voters, with women and Latinos.
A year ago I was working with Congressman Sam Johnson and Judge Carter of Texas. I did town halls and public appearances with Judge Carter and with Congressman Valadao. I worked with Mike Coffman of Denver and stood up with Aaron Schock and Adam Kinsinger in my own state of Illinois.
But now Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz are literally writing the immigration script for the Republican Party. A script filled with ugly and mean policies to demonize children and marginalize immigrants and destroy families.
In January you were saying that all of the DREAMers should get green cards and citizenship.
We always understood you wanted to deport their parents.
But now, late on a Friday night you are going after the DREAMers who have known no other country. Who risked their identities and their families to come forward and sign up with the Department of Homeland Security and passed FBI background checks.
The United States said come forward and get right with the law and now Republicans are saying they should go back in the shadows and back to a life of fear where opportunities are few and futures are uncertain.
The voters had a referendum on this program back in 2012 and the winner was President Obama, the DREAMers, and the American people.
But now you want to take that all away. Thank God the Senate is gone, the President has called this veto-bait, and this will never become law.(Crooks & Liars)
To paraphrase the words of that august Alaskan quitta, “How’s that rebranding effort going for ya’?”