It seems that the Republicans are eating themselves over immigration related to remarks made by South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and the responses by Donald Trump and Ann Coulter that Nikki Haley is too soft on immigration. Typing out the name “Ann Coulter” made me wonder – do people actually still take her seriously or does she get media time in a similar vein that a court jester was allowed a presence before a monarch? At any rate, we are talking about legal immigration, mind you, so it seems that the nativists have kicked their xenophobia into high gear as a litmus test of “conservative” purity as of late.
I enjoyed the parting remarks in a WSJ editorial – “The attacks on Ms. Haley show that many on the right these days oppose any immigrants, even those who arrive legally. They also want to make opposition to immigration a GOP litmus test. A party that rejects Nikki Haley as a spokeswoman is one that doesn’t really want to build a governing majority.”
Nikki Haley should represent precisely the type of leader the conservative base is proud of: the daughter of successful immigrants, female, and Indian American.
A party that rejects Nikki Haley as a spokeswoman is one that doesn’t really want to build a governing majority. – Wall Street Journal
Thank you Donald Trump, Ann Coulter, and Ted Cruz (yes, I might as well rope him into this too given past blog posts) for doing your best to turn this race away from serious substance into a fear-mongering gong show.