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Saturday, August 23, 2014

 
Rand Paul's care campaign


by digby

So Rand Paul went to Guatamala to make a campaign commercial showing himself as someone who cares and then gave an interview to Breitbart news saying that he's all for restarting deportations of the DREAM kids as soon as possible. Huffington Post reports:
As Boyle’s email suggests, support for repealing DACA has been building in Senate GOP circles recently, with the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

Paul is the latest in a string of likely Republican presidential candidates in the Senate to call for an end to the program. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- who in the past have supported principles similar to DACA -- beat Paul to the punch.

The movement poses potential hurdles for that Senate triumvirate of presidential aspirants. More than 550,000 undocumented immigrants (so-called Dreamers) have taken advantage of DACA. The program is popular in immigrant communities, and its repeal would effectively restart deportations of young people who have lived in the United States for years. For a Republican Party eager to court Hispanic votes, running against one of the biggest bright-spot actions of the Obama era carries obvious risks.
Clearly, they don't see that and think they can leverage every last white person to vote for them on the basis of shared bigotry and xenophobia. But never let it be said that Rand is oblivious to the potential problems with that strategy. He went to Iowa and explained that Republicans need to try to hide their loathing for Latinos by pretending to "do something about them":
In addition to softer policy edges, Paul has argued that the Republican Party needs to have a more inclusive message. He has barnstormed the country in an attempt to woo minority voters.

"Until you show that you care about them and that you want to do something about them, you're not going to win," he told an audience in Iowa two weeks ago. "So if we want to win, we're going to have to change."
I'm going to guess that even though right wing neanderthals inexplicably believe they are intellectually superior to Hispanics the latter are fully capable of figuring out when they're being patronized and pandered to by a bunch of bigots who not only don't care about them but actively hate them. And the deportation of half a million American kids whose parents happen to not be citizens is one big honking clue as well.


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