Alberto Gonzales offers his party a harsh truth

“I think that members of our party have spoken about this in a way that’s not only anti-immigration but anti-Hispanic, and I think that’s harmful to the long term future of the party. That’s been disappointing.”

“I believe in a secure border, I’m a law-and-order kind of guy, but it seems to me we can talk about achieving a secure border in a way that reflects the reality of why people come here and has a more compassionate tone.”

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales

– Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in an interview with Yahoo news.

You have to applaud Gonzales for his frankness in discussing what motivates some in his party, although I’m doubtful that his words will have much impact on those in question. He understands all too well the message that is sent by Republican officials when, for example, they nominate a bigot like Phil Kent to a state immigration board.

In a similar interview with the Daily Caller, Gonzales was asked about allegations that the GOP is trying to minimize its problem with minorities by limiting their access to the polls through voter purges and changes in the law.

“The answer is not to suppress the Hispanic vote,” Gonzales answered. “The answer is to improve the Republican brand.”

And given changing demographics, “there is no long-term future for the Republican Party” unless the party somehow changes its approach, he warned.

I hope the Republican Party takes that advice, but I’m doubtful because it has caught itself in a trap of its own making. It cannot operate as a source of reassurance to white Americans worried about their status in a rapidly changing nation and also be seen as welcoming to the very groups perceived to be threatening that status. It is impossible to play both roles at the same time.

Some figures in the party — Gonzales, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio,, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez — understand that conundrum, even if they have no idea yet how to resolve it.

– Jay Bookman

383 comments Add your comment

gm

June 8th, 2012
11:13 am

I think all hispanics understand the conservatives whites especially in the south, dont respect or give a dam about them, look at the tea party its less then 1% minorities, the whites are being out numbered in population in the US so they have no need to reach out to hispanics.
Hispanics are going to come out in large numbers against Willard right racist party, these polls never ask hispancis, blacks and other minorites who they are voting for.

Joe Hussein Mama

June 8th, 2012
11:14 am

SfD — “J-Reb watches his TeeVee so we don’t have to! Thanks!”

Would saying “get a job, hippie” be out of place? :D

JohnnyReb

June 8th, 2012
11:15 am

stands – I’m happy to provide these updates to you and others here since most of the time you Moonbats are three or four steps behind.

larry – Kyle had a really good piece a week or so back that detailed how Europe really has not had austerity. Their main problem is the one currency that limits individual government’s ability to specifically respond to their country’s needs, and also their citizens pretty much want something for nothing – you know, like the Dems want here.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:16 am

Adam
June 8th, 2012
11:01 am

“Why is profiling considered wrong?”

If some have their way the word “profiling” will soon be refered to as “the P-word”. I have a family member in law enforcement and he says profiling is often used to solve a crime, but not openly addressed that way. Too much potential political fallout. But, for instance, if you have a serial murderer then they start trying to establish a “profile” of an individual who might commit that type of crime. Once they’ve established that profile they start looking to see who fits that profile. This may not satisfy the type of “profiling” you mentioned, but there is definitely some good use in that practice.

Fred ™

June 8th, 2012
11:16 am

Well my help is here, time to go unload a truck. Later.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

June 8th, 2012
11:17 am

Paul: He said “well of course! The basis for the list was a suspected noncitizen database (he gave the name of a specific register, altho I have since read a DMV citizenship roll (outdated) was used because the Dept of Homeland Security would not forward their database to the state) and a huge part of their illegals are from Cuba or Haiti, so of course they’re black or hispanic.

Hi Paul!!
That he would use the DMV rolls and NOT the DOH rolls is very telling. For one, when you have in the Miami area at least 40K, Jorge Rodriguez’s, who live in Dade County, how are you to differentiate one from the other? If you have 10K Jean-Claude Baptiste who live in Dade County and another 10K who live in Broward, how can you distinguish that you are purging the correct one?

Also, DMV rolls are not always accurate. Not everyone runs down to the DMV and updates their driver’s license the second they move from one jurisdiction to another. So when the State of Florida sends out a “You’re out!” list to the address listed on the DMV rolls, there is a good chance that a person can be stripped of his right to vote and never even know it until he stands in line for 10 hours on voting day and is denied.

He also said, in response to a question about Justice Dept threatening legal action, that he really wondered about that, as federal law prevents noncitizens from registering to vote, so the feds appear to want to block their action to remove those from the rolls who’ve registered illegally..

He knows that ALL Southern states have to provide the DOJ a copy of all actions that they plan to take towards voting mandates. If the state of Florida was so gun ho on doing this thing, then why didn’t they clear it with the DOJ months ago? There have been at least 25 elections in the past 4 years in the state – why NOW is there such a big push to get their voter rolls “purged of supposedly illegal voters?”

He gave a number of those removed from the rolls and the number he gave was smaller than I expected.

That’s because a Dade and Broward have stopped purging their rolls – and they’re the two biggest counties in Florida.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/two-florida-counties-stop-purging-voter-rolls

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:17 am

gm
June 8th, 2012
11:13 am

Um…….wow. And you don’t have to wear an ankle bracelet?

JohnnyReb

June 8th, 2012
11:18 am

JohnnyReb has been fully, gainfully employed since he was 16 years old. Thanks to my entrepreneurial wife, I’m in the hated 1% group. I do work that’s why I’m not constantly on here like some. Instead, I choose to drop in and out, occasionally kicking the ant hill and waking some up to reality.

USMC

June 8th, 2012
11:19 am

“Oh the jokes we could get aboutthat one. Especially from the Tech grads/fans……… or from Leglamp…….”–Fred

Darn it! There go my Friday nights thrills! LOL :-)

josef

June 8th, 2012
11:19 am

gm

Oh, dear, the South canard…yaawnn…

As for those of y’all talking about how less white America is becoming…the same argument was being used against Italian, Greek and Levantine immigrants back in the 1890s…now you don’t get any whiter! Afforded the apertures, believe me, the Latinos will overwhelmingly assimilate into the white population. The South Asians already are.

stands for decibels

June 8th, 2012
11:20 am

Would saying “get a job, hippie” be out of place?

I hadda TeeVee but Those People ridin’ MARTA done stoled it.

kimmer

June 8th, 2012
11:21 am

It is shameful and disgusting the way liberals label any effort to enforce the laws of this country as ‘hate’ in a brazen attempt to win votes. The republicans want to protect our borders “They HATE hispanics, vote for us”. The republicans want to implement very reasonable means to protect against voter fraud, “The republicans HATE black people, vote for us”.

josef

June 8th, 2012
11:22 am

JOHNNY REB

“Thanks to my entrepreneurial wife,”

So, you’re a toy boy? Nice work if you can get it… :-)

Seriously, though, thanks for giving credit where credit is due…

JohnnyReb

June 8th, 2012
11:24 am

josef – she’s a looker too!!

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:24 am

Fred ™
June 8th, 2012
11:11 am

No, Fred, I haven’t been posting under another name. I mentioned yesterday I’ve been traveling extensively and basically got out of the loop.

I see you’ve moved up in life. I don’t remember the TM designation in your name. Congrats. :smile:

USMC

June 8th, 2012
11:24 am

“USMC: You didn’t answer the question. You deflected instead.”–ADAM

As usual, Adam is trying to IGNORE reality to fit in with the “Party line”.

Soothsayer

June 8th, 2012
11:27 am

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

June 8th, 2012
11:27 am

The real enemy of this country is the GOP….

Adam

June 8th, 2012
11:27 am

USMC: “USMC: You didn’t answer the question. You deflected instead.”–ADAM

As usual, Adam is trying to IGNORE reality to fit in with the “Party line”.

Sometimes I think you’re saying such obviously ironic things on purpose

Mighty Righty

June 8th, 2012
11:27 am

Just finished watching our leader’s speech. It was billed as a speech on the economy. Now one would think that meant OUR economy but it was about the european economy. He sounded like a substitute middle schoold teacher having to teach a subject with which he wasn’t familiar. So sad. The man just doesn’t know the first thing about economics.

midtownguy

June 8th, 2012
11:28 am

Joseph: I just hope with the brown skinned folks are in the majority, they treat us white folks better than we treated them when we were in the majority.

josef

June 8th, 2012
11:28 am

JOHNNY REB

Icing on the cake, eh?

HDB

June 8th, 2012
11:29 am

“All the Arizona law required is that a police officer had the right to check the immigration status of someone AFTER that person had already committed or was in the process of committing a crime. It didn’t say that officers could just walk up and down the streets asking people for identification (which it probably should).”

Thats NOT what the law states! THIS is directly from SB1070:

FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL…..

That means the POLICE are the only arbiters as to what “lawful contact” means. This allows the cops to walk up to you for NO reason and ask to see identification!! I could be sitting on my porch and the cops come knocking to ask for papers!! No presumption of innocence!!

BTW…if the former Chairman of the GOP, Michael Steele, publically called out the GOP for its negligence…..

“Republican Michael Steele is speaking out again and dealing with his party’s negligence toward minority communities. Steele appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews on Tuesday, and made it clear that he feels that Republicans aren’t doing enough for black and brown people.

“That’s the one area where I do have a lot of concern,” he said.

Matthews asked Steele if Republicans were going out to middle class black neighborhoods in Germantown, Philadelphia, etc. Steele simply said “no.”

Steele has been vocal in speaking out against racial alienation within the Republican ranks. Speaking in 2010 at DePaul University, Steele actually conceded that African Americans have almost no reason to support the Republican party.

“For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South.”"

http://www.blackbluedog.com/2012/06/news/michael-steele-republicans-dont-do-enough-for-minorities/#

Jm-pass TSPLOST unless you looove congestion

June 8th, 2012
11:29 am

Usinuk

Zombie gnomes are super creepy

Please don’t do that again :)

Paul

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

DDR

“That he would use the DMV rolls and NOT the DOH rolls is very telling.”

Let me clarify: he did not say they used DMV rolls. He said they used a report – don’t remember the name, but it was like “noncitizen list.”

The part about DMV came from a wireservice news article. It also said Florida made repeated requests to Homeland Security for their database and Homeland Security refused to send it.

“He knows that ALL Southern states have to provide the DOJ a copy of all actions that they plan to take towards voting mandates. If the state of Florida was so gun ho on doing this thing, then why didn’t they clear it with the DOJ months ago?”

I was not aware states had to get DOJ permission before doing such actions. My understanding was that when DOJ got the information on what they were doing (removing noncitizens from the voter rolls) that DOJ said they might take action to block it. It’s still interesting: was DOJ objecting to removing noncitizens, or to the methodology? It wasn’t clear.

If you do a scan thru the other posts I posted a study I think you’ll enjoy.

stands for decibels

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

liberals label any effort to enforce the laws of this country as ‘hate’

any effort? of course not.

Those that are unconstitutional and based on pandering, election-year garbage like Jan Brewer’s? Can’t speak for other “liberals”, but I’ll call that out ’til the cows come home. ‘Til “JohnnyReb” changes his screen name to “UnionBlueThrough-and-Through” and sings “Hang Jeff Davis” to his grandbabies.

Latino Voter

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

First let us be clear – “Illegal” or “Out of Status” Immigrants come in all races. They come from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Many people in this state think that people are illegal simply because they are Hispanic – sad but true. Unless your family is Native American, your ancestors were immigrants at one time. Most Legal Immigrants, such as myself, are not asking for amnesty but for civility in how people are treated.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

Jm – :lol: … zombie gnome clowns would be the triple-threat of creepy

midtownguy

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

And on a serious note. At the base of all this hysteria is fear of loss of control. Truth is that heterosexual, white, christian, males have been in charge of this country since we stole it from the Native Americans. And the thought of losing that control, makes them crazy. You see it in attitudes toward gay citizens, non-christians, racial minorities and women. Fear, plain and simple.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:30 am

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT
June 8th, 2012
11:27 am

Thank you for joining us today, President Obama.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

June 8th, 2012
11:31 am

I second dB – 11:30

josef

June 8th, 2012
11:31 am

midtownguy

Oh, they’ll be just as “white” as any of us ever were and will do the same thing to whoever is the next wave of immigrants. When I listen to a lot of my “black” friends talking about the Messicans and Pakis, they’re just as “white” as any Bubba from anywhere sea to shining sea…

stands for decibels

June 8th, 2012
11:33 am

I second dB – 11:30

well, I might’ve been a tad hyperbolic re: the conditions. Maybe “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” would suffice.

josef

June 8th, 2012
11:34 am

LATINO VOTER

And this corner says “Amen!”

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

June 8th, 2012
11:34 am

Remember Leg ….ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT……loser..

East Cobb RINO

June 8th, 2012
11:34 am

Soothsayer, the red party probably thinks Wis is in play after Tuesday. But clearly the path to the oval office has lees roadblocks for Obama than Romney. It must be disheartening for the Republicans to know they can win Ohio & Florida but still loose the White House.

That is why I laugh every time I see these polls suggesting a dead heat. Seems like after all this time there is still a large number of people who do not understand how the electoral system works.

JohnnyReb

June 8th, 2012
11:34 am

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

June 8th, 2012
11:27 am

The real enemy of this country is the GOP….
________________

No it’s not. It’s not even Moonbats altough some of those beloved creatures may be in the group.

The real enemy of the our country is rabbid environmentalists.

Note the word “rabbid.” Certainly some attention has to be given the environment, but like most things taken to an extreme it can be dangerous. In the current state, its also stupid.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:34 am

josef
June 8th, 2012
11:31 am

“When I listen to a lot of my “black” friends talking about the Messicans and Pakis, they’re just as “white” as any Bubba from anywhere sea to shining sea…”

Very true. My experience as well.

JohnnyReb

June 8th, 2012
11:36 am

Bye for now. I have to go iron my sheets.

Williebkind

June 8th, 2012
11:36 am

“Also, if this is so true, why are the majority of these purges disenfranchising black and hispanic voters?”

Could it be they are the guilty ones?

Paul

June 8th, 2012
11:36 am

Adam

Deflecting instead of answering the question?

Then saying your original question isn’t the real question, it’s what was contained in the deflection?

Has that ever happened on this blog before?

Does it all sound eerily familiar?

Ironic that our biggest deflectors are the same guys who are so quick to jump on subjects like “did you see Holder in front of Issa’s committee? He wouldn’t answer the questions! He deflected! What’s he trying to hide? Typical liberal!!”

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

June 8th, 2012
11:37 am

Paul – good back up articles at 10:51 and 10:30.

UsinUK – Girl, a moth eating away at our liberties!!??!! Girlfriend, You need Jesus!!! :lol:

GT: The Hispanic voter is like our parent’s generation. It has been very hard on them, they have sacrificed a huge amount to be here. They are as religious as any group ever in America and they are smart, both common sense wise and innate intelligence. They will not forget nor be allowed to forget in their community how hard the right made it for them. A man on a televised debate insisting their parents and grandparents need to be deported, they need to be harassed by law enforcement, and the southern white would let crops rot in the field wasted to go against them. If love never has to say you are sorry, hate never gets the chance.

So true. Although the debate is aimed at the “Spanish” voter, there are a lot more races who have a dog in this fight too. Although my family background (and my church), is Brazilian, (which since Portugese is not spoken much outside of a few countries, therefore it is imperative that people who speak Portugese learn English as quickly as possible in America); there is always a need for an interpreter sometimes to help them to understand certain American events/sayings/procedures/etc. that are foreign to them; everyone can interpret and understand inclusion or the lack thereof.

Paul: One would think that if that was real, in ten years the state would have fixed it.
ESPECIALLY since Jeb Bush was governor then.
IF it was a problem, don’t you think he’d have jumped right on it so there wasn’t a repeat in 2004?
See, this is an example of applying “The Common Sense Test.”

Word.

Erwin's cat

June 8th, 2012
11:37 am

Jay – “… members of our party have spoken about this in a way that’s not only anti-immigration but anti-Hispanic.”

so you are saying that anti-immigration and anti-Hispanic is the motivation?..I don’t follow you
There are actions, words, etc and then there is motivation for said actions, words etc..

I understand the motivation to want to improve the brand because what you cited…guess I’m getting tied up on semantics

GT

June 8th, 2012
11:38 am

Did anyone catch one of Donald Rumsfeld’s interviews last week? Never has there ever been a more perfect man in his own mind to ever serve in office, unless it was Chaney. This guys, and Newt is one of them, make a living scaring hell out of the population and offering themselves as the only answer. They cannot win a statewide election but find a way to invade our space by riding the weak character of a president too much into leisure like Bush who need a mule to do his work. Somewhere in the bargain you have these mean babysitters abusing the American public while the parent is away playing. I can only see the same with rich boy Romney who is very poorly prepared for a debate very much like Bush and lets the big money do his talking for him. Hell if they lie it is not his lie, they can say anything they want and it is ok with him.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

June 8th, 2012
11:38 am

How is that my comemnt that I just made at 11:38 a.m. Eastern time; jumped to 11:17 a.m.? The gnomes are out making truouble again?

Erwin's cat

June 8th, 2012
11:40 am

midtown guy @ 11:30
a hammer sees a world of nails…

getalife

June 8th, 2012
11:41 am

willard is Mexican cons.

East Cobb RINO

June 8th, 2012
11:41 am

Jay must have a time machine

carlosgvv

June 8th, 2012
11:42 am

stands for decibels – 8:59

Nowhere in my posts have I ever come close to using the words “uppity ethnic types”. Looks like I need to warn all the noobs here you see bigots behind every tree.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
11:43 am

GT

“I can only see the same with rich boy Romney ”

You may want to avoid adjectives for Romney that can also be applied to Pres Obama……

stands for decibels

June 8th, 2012
11:45 am

Looks like I need to warn all the noobs here you see bigots behind every tree.

Noted scholar and essayist ty webb already performed this public service @ 9.02.

EJ Moosa

June 8th, 2012
11:46 am

Was that President Obama that said growing the economy would give us more time to deal with the budget deficit?

Now why didn’t I say that?

Banned by Kyle Wingfield and proud of it...

June 8th, 2012
11:46 am

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”…..

June 8th, 2012
10:44 am
Banned by Kyle Wingfield and proud of it…
June 8th, 2012
10:30 am

Your post name says it all. I’m sure that incredible accomplishment is proudly displayed on your facebook page.

Not much of an accomplishment… You know chickenhawk RepubliCONS like Kyle Wingfield talk a strong game about ‘freedom and liberty’, but they don’t adhere to the tenets of free speech when people disagree with their idiotic views.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
11:46 am

DDR

Naw, you’re just so electrifying that you overwhelm the server -

carlosgvv

June 8th, 2012
11:46 am

Mighty Righty – “the man just doesn’t know the first thing about economics”

Unfortunately, Romney and Republicans in the House and Senate know with 100% certainty the economics of serving Big Business and letting the American people get what crumbs are left on the table.

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

June 8th, 2012
11:46 am

Enter your comments here

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

June 8th, 2012
11:47 am

DDR – 11:37 – chalk it up to the post-jubilee letdown ;-)

josef

June 8th, 2012
11:47 am

PAUL

You still ain’t readin yo memos, Boy…

Republican rich…bad
Democrat rich…good

getalife

June 8th, 2012
11:47 am

The con sc court still has decent approval ratings after citizen united.

The people have no clue what is coming after the worst decision in American history.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
11:48 am

Thank you teacher josef.

Can I go out and play now?

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

June 8th, 2012
11:49 am

VOTE REP = VOTE AGAINST YOUR OWN BEST INTERESTS..

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:50 am

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT
June 8th, 2012
11:46 am

Your most sensical post of the day. Well done.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

June 8th, 2012
11:50 am

josef – RE: your “bubba” comment I don’t have any friends like that. I’ve decided, when I finally grew up, that I didn’t want to associate with people who were small minded, irrational, hateful, bigoted, and plain stooopid.

If living in the south has taught me anything, it’s that you can become so broiled down in “race” that you can’t see the big picture. The big picture is that my best friend is a white lesbian. The big picture is that this same best friend would walk into hell with gas drawers on to save me if I needed her help. The big picture is NO ONE is going to denigrate her in my presence; and if they do and happen to think or call themselves my “friend” then it is my duty to inform them that they are NOT any friend of mine.

josef

June 8th, 2012
11:50 am

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:51 am

getalife
June 8th, 2012
11:47 am

“The people have no clue what is coming after the worst decision in American history.”

And which Supreme Court decision was that? Or are you predicting an upcoming decision?

The Leg Lamp is a "major award".....

June 8th, 2012
11:55 am

DebbieDoRight – A Do Right Woman
June 8th, 2012
11:50 am

“If living in the south has taught me anything…”

I always hate to read that when the subject is race. Right, racism only lives in the south. I remember going to integrated schools beginning in 1968. The principal was black. No problems. But while I was in college in 1976 I watched in amazement at the race riots taking place in Boston as they tried to integrate their public schools. But, of course, the New England area is free from racism like the evil south. :roll:

Joe Hussein Mama

June 8th, 2012
11:55 am

JohnnyReb — “JohnnyReb has been fully, gainfully employed since he was 16 years old.”

And JohnnyReb began to use the Royal We at age 18. :D

“Thanks to my entrepreneurial wife, I’m in the hated 1% group.”

Parasite! Why should others have to pay to support your lifestyle! :D

“I do work that’s why I’m not constantly on here like some.”

Quick, dial Whine-One-One for the Whaaaaaambulance. :D

“Instead, I choose to drop in and out, occasionally kicking the ant hill and waking some up to reality.”

You certainly woke us up to some reality a week or two ago. It’s good to know what kind of person we’re dealing with.

Soothsayer

June 8th, 2012
11:56 am

Matti

June 8th, 2012
11:56 am

I hope the Republican Party takes that advice…..

I lean the other way on this. I’m glad the Republicans are showing themselves for who and what they really are. Recent wins at the congressional and state levels, and the support of corporate media empires, have emboldened them to fly their true colors. They long ago cut away the voices of reason in their party. These are not my Grandfather’s Republicans. They do not honor the conservative voices of yesteryear that were respected by all sides. (Ike rolled over in his grave so many times he’s now on a perpetual spin cycle!)

As they have sown, let them reap.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

June 8th, 2012
11:58 am

Jay must have a time machine

Jay can say what you type before you post it.

josef

June 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

DDR

I’m not being snarky when I say this, but I’m eclectic in my friends…partly from personal worldview and partly from my various professions having put me in contact with all kinds. I agree with you on the big picture thing, though…You say you learned it living in the South. I learned it living in the Northwest. Same song, different dance. It seems to be encoded in our DNA and you’ll find it wherever you go. What is it the old song says, “everybody needs somebody they can look down on.”

My question any time I hear a “those people” thing is to ask the person why they would say that. We’ll make progress only when we can apply our own judgments of “those people” talking about the other “those people” to our own judgments…it was what I was saying earlier about navel contemplation.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

June 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

Global warming sheets

Joe Hussein Mama

June 8th, 2012
12:01 pm

Soothsayer — “Ol’ King Dumbass the First”

“Ol’ Dumbney”

I don’t particularly care for either man, but IMO, you weaken your argument greatly by stooping to rhetoric of this sort.

godless heathen

June 8th, 2012
12:03 pm

Fred: I never vote early. Something scandalous might come out the day before the election and I’d have to live with knowing I voted for the jerk.

Michael

June 8th, 2012
12:03 pm

Last year Georgia lost $75 million in agricultural production due to labor shortages. The response of the Georgia legislature was to pass legislation encouraging the use of prisoners to pick fruits and vegetables. The problem is that naive-grown prisoners are only 20% as productive as hispanics.
However, we may have the seeds of an idea here. We can lure illegals into the state and then arrest them for being illegal. We can then offer them the opportunity to earn a few bucks picking fruits and vegetables. It’s a new play on the guest worker program that our farmers need.
We can then expand that, when the housing market comes back. We all remember the panel trucks filled with hispanics that made up 25-30% of the labor during our last housing boom. I’m sure we can find some painters and carpenters at the ICE detention facilities. The legislation can be broadened to include construction labor, and another problem will be solved.
We can then rename our prisons guest worker housing to ease the minds of the namby-pamby human rights groups.

josef

June 8th, 2012
12:09 pm

gone upstairs…

chris

June 8th, 2012
12:12 pm

Hell, if they could, the GOP would ‘deport’ every non-white person in this country, even the citizens.

Trolls Bane

June 8th, 2012
12:19 pm

Whoever said the GOPers were the brightest apples in the barrel? They are busy alienating a demographic ( family oriented, socially conservative, uneducated, hardworking) that could be very solidly in the republican camp, and GOP could use in the same way as the lower-class whites.

There are a couple of problems …. one is skin color and two is the GOP is using immigration as an issue to drive the “base” ie lower middle class whites, to the polls.

Banned by Kyle Wingfield and proud of it...

June 8th, 2012
12:26 pm

Thomas

June 8th, 2012
10:45 am
Banned by Kyle….

Maybe, based on your displayed intellect, he is suggesting you return to kindergarten

Based upon your idiotic comment, it sounds like you need to return to nursery school.

New kid on the blog

June 8th, 2012
2:52 pm

The voter reform/suppression efforts being undertaken by the Republicans are just like a lot of their legislation – solutions in search of problems.

New kid on the blog

June 8th, 2012
2:54 pm

And I use the word “solutions” lightly.

Zaytaysha

June 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

Wow, Alberto Gonzales, a name I haven’t heard or thought of in a while. He still has the same smug look on his kisser. Gonzales was the Bush crony and shill who was on board in those final, darkest days of the administration when millions of us turned our backs on the Republican Party forever. Thanks for the memory Jay.

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