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June 20, 2013 - 7:12 am

From Wednesday’s Rush Limbaugh Show:

RUSH: Senator, you’ve been, obviously, observing and commenting on political life in America for a long time. You’ve been in the Senate now for six months. Could you explain to me and people in this audience, why do the Democrats want this, and why do the Republicans who support this want it?

CRUZ: Well, the Democrats want this for pure politics. Chuck Schumer was very candid in the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said, “If there is no citizenship, there can be no reform.” This is all about their endeavor. They want to grant amnesty, and they hope to get a lot more Democratic voters, or they want this to be voted down and use it as a political issue in 2014 and 2016.

On the Republican side, sadly, a lot of the support of it is political as well. You know, after 2012, all of the Washington political consultants and all the mainstream media came to Republicans and said, “You’ve got to do better with Hispanics, and the way to do better with Hispanics is to embrace amnesty.” And, look, a lot of Republicans in Washington were scared. I gotta tell you, I think that political argument is complete nonsense. If you look at the last time we enacted amnesty in 1986, the next election was 1988, the Republican share of the Hispanic vote went down. It is not the case — Hispanics are not the single-issue, monolithic voters.

My dad was an immigrant from Cuba with nothing. And many Hispanics believe in rule of law, and you’ve got a bunch of Republican longtime officeholders in Washington who are scared and listening to the consultants. Let me tell you an interesting poll number. In Texas, Rush, we polled Hispanic voters in Texas and asked them, “Number one, do you support more border security?” Sixty-eight percent of Hispanic voters in Texas support more border security. But the second question is even more revealing. Hispanic voters we asked, “Do you support a pathway to citizenship or work permits that do not allow citizenship?” And a plurality, 46% of Hispanic voters in Texas supported a work permit without citizenship and only 35% supported a pathway to citizenship. This is a crock that is being sold to Republican politicians that they can just buy off Hispanics, and frankly it’s offensive, but it’s being sold as pure politics.

Audio at the link.

Exit question: Why isn’t Marco Rubio sharp enough to see what Ted Cruz sees? Especially when it comes to what Chuck Schumer is up to?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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How about we make the headlines about our $16.87 trillion debt before we start going on about amnesty?
43 weeks ago
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Obamacrock, Obamacare,...
43 weeks ago
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If a solid majority of republican politicians believed and behaved as this man and LTC. West they would never lose another election....but, they are still listening to Rove, Grover, Prince-Rince-Sissy whatever his name is elitist, establishment goobers et al. Rubio suffers from a lack of conviction; he is not willing to stand firmly on his principles and is being "advised" by the aforementioned establishment "experts". C'mon Marco...snap out of it and stand for what you believe!

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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Why isn’t Marco Rubio sharp enough to see what Ted Cruz sees?

Maybe he is sharp enough, but isn't principled enough.
43 weeks ago
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Because Rubio doesn't look up his own facts. He's willing to believe the liars whispering in his ear. He is not sure of himself and is therefore prone to letting people guide him while they lead him to their own agendas.

Cruz wouldn't have the seat he holds if he did that.
43 weeks ago
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The answer to your Exit Question is:

Because it's not about what Hispanic voters want, it's about what deep-pocketed "Hispanic" donors want.
43 weeks ago
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I think it is about what deep pocket donors generally, not just Hispanic, want. The only people who want a "path to citizenship" are Democrats and their race activist front groups and people who want cheap unskilled or semi-skilled labor, mainly those in the hospitality, residential construction and maintenance, and, especially, agriculture businesses.

I grew up in the still predominantly agricultural South of the '50s and '60s. It was an article of absolute faith that cultivation and harvesting of the two money crops, cotton and tobacco, could not be mechanized. Cotton had to be cultivated, "chopped," with a hoe and only the richest farmers with very large and regularly shaped fields could afford and use mechanical cotton pickers, and even they had to be cleaned up after by hand. Tobacco had to be planted, cultivated, and harvested totally by hand. We kept a mule or two for ten years after we'd gone to tractor planting and cultivation of most other crops solely for tobacco. By the late '60s you were beginning to see some mechanization of harvesting tobacco but it consisted solely of a frame for seats that could be attached to a tractor to move a crew of hand "croppers" through the fields.

Funny thing, when the Civil Rights Act and the Great Society's welfare programs took away the Black peon labor, within ten years both cotton and tobacco were totally mechanized and there was no such thing as a "field hand" in The South. I suspect the same thing would happen in California and the other Western states relying on "migrant" workers should the supply of "migrants" be strictly curtailed. What we don't want to do is curtail that supply the way it was curtailed in The South. That Black agricultural labor largely moved to the "project," went on welfare, and hasn't worked much in now two generations. It was kinda funny in a cynical way for Southern politicians to accept "civil rights" if it meant the Yankees were going to have to support Southern Blacks. It isn't so funny now that there are two or more generations of welfare Blacks and much of The South is under political control of Black politicians for whom more and better welfare is a sacrament.
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Most likely correct...sadly.
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