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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

Michael1445 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 8:00 AM
Hey, let's slow down immigration too. You know recent immigrants rarely vote Republican no matter what the Repubs do. Even Sen Amnesty McCain couldn't change that basic fact. Immigration these days is largely about cheap labor anyway. It would truly help the entire country except employers and Democrats to reduce BOTH legal and illegal immigration. Don't believe ANY labor shortage claim. Why do H-1B, J-1 etc come overwhelmingly from low wage countries such as India (forget Japan and West Europe)? The obvious answer: cheap labor!!
These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

For years, white Southerners voted Republican or for a third-party candidate in presidential elections and...