Being a RINO has its advantages. I can slam Republicans when they are doing something stupid and not care about being called a "traitor." Since I'm already a traitor, my critics have to come up with another epithet to sling at me.
But the Republicans don't need any help looking dumb. Glomming on to the notion that supporting Obama's immigration reform bill will win them scads of new Hispanic voters will win GOP lawmakers praise from people like Thomas Friedman but not much else - certainly not many new Hispanic voters, and will probably lose them support everywhere else in the country.
It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?
As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn't that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate -- not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.
The sleeping giant of the last election wasn't Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House.
Contrary to everyone's expectations, 10 percent more blacks voted in 2012 compared to 2008, even beating white voters, the usual turnout champions. Eligible black voters turned out at rate of 66.2 percent, compared to 64.1 percent of eligible white voters. Only 48 percent of all eligible Hispanic voters went to the polls.
No one saw this coming, which is probably why Gallup had Romney up by 5 points before Hurricane Sandy hit, and up by 1 point in its last pre-election poll after the hurricane.
Only two groups voted in larger numbers in 2012 compared to 2008: blacks aged 45-64, and blacks over the age of 65 -- mostly elderly black women.
In raw numbers, nearly twice as many blacks voted as Hispanics, and nine times as many whites voted as Hispanics. (Ninety-eight million whites, 18 million blacks and 11 million Hispanics.)
Besides the raw numbers, poll after poll has shown that Hispanics don't care about amnesty. What they care about are jobs, education, and other things the rest of us are concerned about. In fact, the influx of low wage workers will cause resentment in the Hispanic community:
Those Hispanics who said they cared about immigration might care about it the way I care about it -- by supporting a fence and E-Verify.
Who convinced Republicans that Hispanic wages aren't low enough and what they really need is an influx of low-wage workers competing for their jobs?
Maybe the greedy businessmen now running the Republican Party should talk with their Hispanic maids sometime. Ask Juanita if she'd like to have seven new immigrants competing with her for the opportunity to clean other people's houses, so that her wages can be dropped from $20 an hour to $10 an hour.
There are elements of immigration reform that Hispanics support, including visa reform and an expanded DREAM act. Both of these issues may come to the House floor as separate bills, if some Republicans have their way.
But this massive, 1,000 page crock of a bill needs to be deep sixed by GOP Senators before it even reaches the House. Otherwise, Republicans won't get credit for their pandering and will no doubt anger many Americans who disagree with the Democrat's "path to citizenship" for illegals.