Nov. 6 wasn't exactly a debacle for Republicans.
But from some of the reaction coming out of the GOP, you might make that assumption.
Many Republicans expected big gains from this year's general election, up to and including a recapturing of the White House. Instead, the results left both parties pretty much where they had been, with barely perceptible gains by Democrats in Washington.
So the GOP has formed one of those circular firing squads that often occur after disappointing elections, with various entities taking shots at each other for costing the party votes.
Much of that will work out over time. But one issue that now seems to be on the Republican agenda is new-found support for immigration reform.
This follows election results showing that Latino voters overwhelmingly went Democratic this election, helping Barack Obama and others in his party score wins. It's been noted that George W. Bush was able to capture 40 percent of the Latino vote, but Mitt Romney garnered just 27 percent.
The big reason? The view that Republican hostility to immigration reform had significant racial overtones to it.
After election results began to sink in, Republicans increasingly have called for rethinking the way the party handles immigration issues.
This could get interesting.
That's because immigration is one of those topics where the differences between Republicans and Democrats are fuzzy at best.
Many in both parties support more generous immigration rules, but there also is bipartisan opposition to such moves.
In fact, I think it's safe to say Republicans have picked up the support of traditionally Democratic working-class whites in recent elections with policies that oppose more liberal immigration rules. But that backing fails to offset growing Latino support for Democrats.
Historically, the business community has embraced liberal immigration policies. More immigrants mean more workers competing for jobs.
However, many conservatives view immigration (legal and illegal) as a means for outsiders to tap into America's entitlements, health care and other programs.
On the Democratic side, supporters of more open immigration tout this as part of the American dream. But some in the party object to expanded immigration because of the potential to lower labor costs and out of concern for the environment.
More people mean more consumption, more energy use, more sprawl and more degradation of nature.
So if both parties now say they want to reform immigration rules, does this take the issue off the political table? Not necessarily.
"Reform" comes in many shapes. The two parties may embrace immigration reform in theory, while continuing to squabble over it in practice.
You may have noticed that happens a lot in Washington.
-- Mitchel Olszak is a columnist for the New Castle (Pa.) News.
Nov. 6 wasn't exactly a debacle for Republicans.
To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Clean Vessel Act program for providing $200,000 to the state of Michigan for projects that help recreational boaters properly dispose on-board septic waste.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/28/2014
War machines troubling; Transfer of taxes; What cuts will result?Continued ...
- Poll: Has city done enough to find out what happened with Splash Pad?
Editorial: TC's Splash Pad report effort short of the mark
It reads like a bad whodunit with a lot of loose ends and too many holes to be acceptable - or credible.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/27/2014
Broadcast the parade; Our polar differences.Continued ...
Forum: Promote an equitable, safe environment for all
The Record-Eagle on July 14 published a misinformed, misguided opinion piece by syndicated columnist Mona Charen headlined “Culture of Sex.” The column suggested that victims are somehow responsible for sexual assaults.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: At 90, judge still learning
Nearly everyone in Michigan’s legal community knows U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn, one of the most colorful, fascinating, and occasionally temperamental justices on the federal bench. Brilliant and hard-working, he turned 90 last week.Continued ...
George Weeks: Financial filings raise campaign issues
Money — who has it in abundance and uses it most effectively — almost always is a major factor in political campaigns.Continued ...
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Fact Check: Michelle Obama said Declaration signers not 'born American'
Claim: Michelle Obama noted that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not “born American.”Continued ...
Another View: New Michigan law will keep moms out of jail
You wouldn’t take your sandwich into a restaurant’s restroom to have your lunch, would you? So why should a public restroom be a place for a young mother to feed her baby?Continued ...
Fact Check: Fact-checking immigration claims
The surge of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, primarily coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has overwhelmed border security officials and pushed the limits of the U.S. legal system.Continued ...
Another View: Libraries = summer learning
The sun is shining, the fish are biting and bicycles are more than ready to ride.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/26/2014
Are shoppers safer?; No info monopoly.Continued ...
Another View: Malaysian jet crash, aftermath expose Putin
There’s little that’s known about the shooting down of a Malaysian jetliner near the Ukraine-Russian border.Continued ...
No Headline Provided
Online PollToday’s question: Are sidewalk cafes in downtown Traverse City being properly controlled?To vote in today’s poll or to see results from previous polls, visit www.record-eagle.com and click on the opinion button.Online Poll Results Are sideContinued ...
- Thursday, July 24, 2014
Editorial: Exchange students offer a look at wider horizons
The issue: Traverse City schools still looking for families to host Chinese exchange students. Our view: While not for everyone, the exchange experience can be rewarding for students and families alike.Continued ...
Editorial: Division Street strikes again
By pure luck, the debate over what to do about Division Street doesn’t today include a double pedestrian fatality.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/25/2014
Vote for what matters; No benefit to residents.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Forum: Boat launch editorial overly simplistic
The July 17 editorial portraying the dispute over a proposed boat launch in Old Mission as being about open access is overly simplistic and inaccurate.Continued ...
Another View: Macomb Township wrong to target political signs
It’s election season, and races for the Aug. 5 primary and the November general election are heating up.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/24/2014
Teach the truth; Ethical and honest.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 22, 2014
- Poll: Are sidewalk cafes in TC being properly controlled?
Another View: Sex offender case will force policy change
Evidence emerging from a federal case is showing Minnesota’s policy on sex offenders must change.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/23/2014
Earned, not given; A license to talk?Continued ...
Editorial: Sidewalk dining changes should take effect now
You’re usually supposed to look before you leap, but in Traverse City this summer you also need to keep an eye out for tables, chairs, strollers and dog leashes as you walk along some stretches of downtown.Continued ...
- Cheers: 07/28/2014