Why Won’t the GOP Make This Election a Referendum on Immigration?

Ann Coulter, VDARE, September 24, 2014

Everyone is on tenterhooks wondering what the Republicans’ national strategy for the November elections will be. {snip}

Let’s see, what would make a good national issue?

Democrats are far savvier than Republicans when it comes to winning elections, and I note that Obama has decided to put off his “executive amnesty” until after the elections. Does that ping any neurons in your tired “Diversity Is a Strength” synapses, Republicans?

Another obvious place to look for a good national issue is the polls. According to months of polling, the No. 1 most important issue to voters is immigration–by a landslide. In Gallup polls in July and then again in August, Republican and Republican-leaning Independent voters chose immigration as the “biggest problem” facing the nation.

Commenting on its July poll, Gallup noted that more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats called immigration the nation’s No. 1 problem, suggesting that by “problem” they mean illegal immigration, not the failure to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.”

In Gallup’s August poll, immigration was again voted a bigger problem among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents than either the economy or even Obamacare. It was the third “biggest problem” for Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents, after dysfunctional government and unemployment/the economy.

The magnificent Republican Tom Cotton, running for the Senateagainst amnesty-supporting Democrat Mark Pryor in Arkansas, says he’s gotten more questions about immigration than any other issue. He says voters keep asking: “What can we do to stop the border crisis. … What can we do to stop Obama issuing another unilateral amnesty?”

That sounds like a terrific opening for the GOP to shout: Vote Republican!

But while individual Republicans are talking like Tom Tancredo, the national GOP seems strangely reluctant to make this election a referendum on immigration. If there is a single Democrat running for office this year who isn’t forced to take a position on Obama’s coming amnesty, Republicans aren’t doing their job.

Which they aren’t. How about some national ads denouncing Obama’s executive amnesty?

Democrat Mickey Kaus suggests that Republicans’ insistence on keeping immigration an isolated issue raised only by individual candidates is a warm-up to the big GOP sell-out on amnesty.


Republicans might also wait to see if Marco Rubio gets re-elected before concluding his “screw-the-voters-on-amnesty” was a good strategy. {snip}


In Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota, the Republican Senate candidates are crushing their Democratic opponents in the polls. {snip}


Republicans can win a Senate majority, take back the presidency, repeal Obamacare, build the Keystone pipeline, slash oppressive government regulations, end special tax deals and government contracts for the Democrats’ big donors, restore an honest IRS and nominate serious people to the federal bench.

But they’ll never do any of those things if they can’t learn that mass immigration from the Third World is wildly unpopular with voters.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    GOP, as long as your boy is in office, I will not vote for you. I will vote for the democrat running against you. The Republican Party is a zit that needs to be popped.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I will vote for the democrat running against you.
      As a former democrat, who last voted Republican for Mark Sanford on the mistaken assumption he was at least harmless and hokey…

      I don’t know what to make of your strategy. I’d love a decent Pug to vote for.

      But yes, the business donor types of the GOP are every bit as into racial/ethnic displacement as any Dem.

      • You’re in South Carolina. I hope you’re going to take my advice and vote for the Democrat just to get Lindsey Grahamnesty out of office.

        There are a bunch of these Senate races where I’m offering that same advice. Vote for the Democrat just to keep the open borders or otherwise obnoxious RINO from winning. We have to quit acting like battered wives, otherwise we’re going to continue to be domestically abused.

        But if your Republican Senate candidate is at least campaigning openly on immigration, examples being Terri Lynn Land (Michigan), Scott Brown (New Hampshire), Tom Cotton (Arkansas), and several others, then definitely reward them.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Oh, strange Uncle Lindsey. Mom never let me spend the night there for some reason. Hmmm…

          Funny. I used to love voting against that guy. Brad Hutto, the Dem. Eagle scout. Must be White. Can’t be worse. Won’t comment on our very own Rob Ford, Thomas “Southern Charm” snort snort Ravenel.

          Regardless of her race, I’ve come to admire Mrs. Haley’s stance on immigration as well as other issues. But then she’s got a job.

        • Well said.

        • antiquesunlight

          David Perdue (GA) is now running against amnesty. I sure hope he can beat Michelle Nunn.

      • D.B. Cooper

        My strategy is like solving an algebraic equation. Put all of your like variables on one side of the “=” sign. In our case, we must first put 100% of all political liberals into the Democratic Party. This version of the Republican Party must hurry up and die out. Moderate republicans are a bigger threat than the liberal democrat.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I do respect that, but…

          If you’re equating “moderate republican” with “race denier” I’m with you.

          So what the heck is a Rand Paul? Is he moderate? Doesn’t he still want to destroy Social Security, except maybe for blacks or something?

          I’ll take a socialist race realist over a race blind cookie cutter conservative, and I’ll take a race realist, sensible libertarian over a santa claus race pandering liblefty.

          I don’t deny the legitimacy of political debate, race aside. I personally believe a bright, industrious folk can make any but the most extreme of economic systems work.

          But in terms of the current political morass, I firmly believe that “Race, the Invisible 800lb Gorilla” is the most brutal obstacle to real progress there is, and the only problem never really addressed.

          This unrecognized ceaseless dragdown infuriates folks on all sides of the political spectrum who invariably then get nasty and blame each other.

          • bilderbuster

            I’m willing to suffer under a John Engleman Administration than a Jeb Bush or another Clinton.

          • propagandaoftruth

            You know, if Lady Thunderthighs herself came out and said…

            “Yes, propagandaoftruth, you and all your Amren buddies are right. I’m sick of them too and promise to work tirelessly to fix this.”

            I’d have a new dark queen, beautiful, and treacherous as the sea…

          • LHathaway

            We have to vote for immigration and absolutely for no other issue. Ann Coulter has herself said this. But let’s get real, in this country the politics will all be about how soon and how much territory will be reserved for whites as a homeland. An israel of our own, as it were. The sooner it happens, the more territory our ancestors will likely be left with.

            The vote immigration, and no other issue (until every major platform promises 0 immigration), is really more advice for our brethren overseas living in Continental Europe.

        • JSS

          Both parties are already full of political liberals and criminal opportunist. The “vote our way out of this” train left long ago. Your strategy is the worst one I’ve ever heard of as far as ideas to help our race survive. How about we work on securing a homeland instead of pretending Amurikan democracy can still save us?

      • Puggg

        “Decent Pug to vote for”

        I will admit, I could seriously see me trying for something. I know I have a lot to learn first and some finishing school to go through.

        • propagandaoftruth

          And yer housebroken. Very important.

          • Well, he’s crate trained and that’s good enough for DC.

          • propagandaoftruth

            He never poops in the living room. Check one on the vetting list for potential candidate.

            Yeah, I think he’s qualified. The fact that he can lick his own posterior and enjoys the flavor of cat feces…depends on how he presents it, you know?

            Still think he’s got potential.

        • I could run for President. Since I am already a convicted felon, this would save everyone the trouble of prosecuting me later on, and I can probably drink as much as Nixon did.

          I’d have to insist on running the government from home. Having the White House fumigated would be a burden on the taxpayers, don’t ya know.

    • WR_the_realist

      You’ll vote for the Democrat who’ll vote exactly the same way as Boehner. So you’ll accomplish what, exactly?

      • connorhus

        Exactly what I was thinking. Even the worst RINOs at least follow the party line sometimes. A Democrat will just make sure you never have “Part of the time”.

    • I’ll vote for Hillary and let her spend eight years stacking the Supreme Court with folks like Eric Holder before I vote for a RINO backstabber. Go try me, GOP; I am a man of my word.

  • TruthBeTold

    Unfortunately too many Republicans want ‘immigration reform’ (aka, amnesty) and they are all to happy for Obama to ‘go it alone’ so they can keep their hands clean.

    But their silence on the issue is their approval.

  • Republicans have a lot of problems:

    > They are afraid of being called rayciss
    > They like cheap labor
    > Most of them are not patriots
    > They live in safe, clean areas immune to cultural enrichment

    • newscomments70

      “They live in safe, clean areas immune to cultural enrichment” Very few such places exist. Ten years ago, Orange and San Diego counties were mostly white and about 30% Mexican. The Mexicans tended to live inland and the whites lived closer to the coast. Now we have Muslims everywhere. It seems to have happened overnight. For some reason, they love malls. Every mall is wall to wall hijabs. They have hoardes of children, much more than the Mexicans who have about 2.9 children per family….and whites who are at a negative number.

    • Paleoconn

      They don’t want to lose their corporate donors.

  • Dave4088

    The Republicans insist on remaining the stupid party and are headed towards irrelevancy largely due to inaction on legal and illegal immigration, and they’ve done nothing to veer off that course nor will they ever as long as Sheldon Adelson is the party sugar daddy.

  • Bryce Armstrong

    The GOP never “sell out” on anything, they ALWAYS get what they want.

  • Mary

    The GOP will sell out? Most GOP politicians don’t even pretend to uphold their traditional positions anymore. It’s truly laughable to think that the GOP will “sell out.” Aside from personally enriching themselves, most are primarily concerned with distancing themselves from their oh-so-uncool White base.

  • If the question sounds like:

    “Why won’t/doesn’t/can’t the Republican Party/GOP (insert a sensible political act here)”

    The answer is almost always:

    The donors.

    • Hunter Morrow

      The jew donors who have basically bought the party policy, like Sheldon Adelson.

  • JohnEngelman

    Republicans want more immigrants, so that employers can lower wages. Ask something difficult next time.

    Republican politicians treat immigration the way they treat abortion. They make speeches against it. They do nothing to stop it.

    • WR_the_realist

      Every Democratic politician want more legal and illegal immigration. About half the Republicans are against it. So, just how are Democrats better than Republicans? I will vote against Republican Kelly Ayotte in the primary because of her vote for “immigration reform”. What good does it do to vote against a Democrat in his primary when his Democratic opponents all favor illegal immigration too?

  • LACountyRedneck

    Because they are scumbag traitors.

  • Does someone as savvy as Ann Coulter really believe that the US is a democracy, where majority opinion rules. Wasn’t there research on Amren a few months ago showing that it’s what the “one percent” want that gets made into policy. Ann is just a Republican shill.

    • bilderbuster

      Yeah she is.
      But she’s starting to mouth off to them and getting uppity about coddling the Blacks and the Brown invasion.

    • WR_the_realist

      Ann Coulter has long been a Republican (and neocon) shill, but I think she may be starting to realize that the Republican Party is not what she thinks it is.

  • dd121

    Thanks Ann, and the Republicans just sit there scratching their heads wondering why their natural base don’t bother to vote for them.

  • Related:


    My reaction:

    All the usual cliches and bromides are present and accounted for here.

    So what’s really going on here?

    I have two theories:

    1. The cheap labor lobby is figuring on Republicans taking the Senate, so they’re constructing a political myth that there will have to be a comprehensive immigration reform bill done in the next Congress so that the zomg great Hispanic voter tidal wave in 2016 doesn’t wash away the red team’s 2014 gains.

    2. The cheap labor lobby fears that Republicans will take the Senate, that the critical states and races that will make it happen will ultimately swing on the immigration issue and immigration patriotism, and that the political message will be that comprehensive immigration reform is a loser. Therefore, they’re going to sandbag the whole election season by associating the loser cause with Republican Senate candidates as a generality precisely so that Republicans don’t take the Senate, and precisely so that immigration patriotism doesn’t get the political credit and in fact may be said to get the political blame, so that open borders Democrats can keep control of the Senate.

  • Extropico

    Mass immigration is a panacea for servicing the debt and denying those pesky living wage demands.

    None of the 1% should be discommoded by crime and balkanization because the Section 8 Housing will never be forced into your neighborhood.

    Also, it is feral fearmongering to assert that slave-owners should be concerned about repercussions upon their progeny when the slaves are ineluctably manumitted.

  • Fr. John+

    “Some think it’s because the national GOP is preparing to sell-out on amnesty.”

    PREPARING TO? You have your tenses wrong. They became race traitors decades ago.

  • Attempting to secure a white homeland by voting is as pointless as it is unrealistic. And I’m truly sorry to say it, again. Something hard and cruel has to be implemented, something sweeping that overrides individualism, with a view toward seizing for ourselves — by any means necessary — positions of control and influence in our society. Then there’s the media….

  • freethought1950

    “Democrats are far savvier than Republicans when it comes to winning elections’ And their voting base is much dumber.