The Han Solo of the US Senate (or) The Last Reagan Republican

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A few weekends ago The Pink Flamingo made the mistake of watching a Star Wars marathon on television.  Please accept my apologies for the analogy.

When Princess Leia remarked that Han Solo “certainly was brave”, Luke wanted to know what good it would do if he got himself killed.  When it comes to bravery, Lindsey is brave – because he knows how to be a statesman.  In the age of the Tea Party “patriots” who are basically little more than losertarian shills for the likes of the Pauls, and a few other losertarians, anyone who dares step out of line is doomed.

They’re doomed!

For those who actually know what Reagan was all about, it is rather obvious that the only REAL remaining Reagan Republican in Washington is Lindsey Graham!  Then again, for those conservative idiots who believe the far right revision or for you losertarians, don’t know much about history.

There is a WSJ piece about Reagan and immigration reform.  Sounds just like a certain senior Senator from SC!

“…What we know for certain, item one: Ronald Reagan was no kind of nativist. In a 1977 radio talk, for instance, Reagan dismissed “the illegal alien fuss,” arguing that we need immigrant labor. “One thing is certain in this hungry world,” he said. “No regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters.”

Reagan’s attitude toward the growing Hispanic influence in American life? When announcing his bid for the White House in 1979 he asserted plainly, “I favor statehood for Puerto Rico”—scarcely the position of an Anglo chauvinist. And Reagan again and again declared that a basic, even radical, openness to immigration represents a defining aspect of our national identity. Describing America as “a shining city” in his 1989 farewell address, for example, he said, “[a]nd if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”

What item one tells us, I believe, is that Reagan would have inclined toward reforms like those President George W. Bush proposed in 2006. Under these proposals, illegal immigrants who wished to remain in this country permanently would have received a long but explicit path to citizenship. Those who wished instead to return eventually to their countries of origin would have received the right to register as guest workers. Virtually all illegal immigrants would thus have been dealt with generously. Reagan would have found such a resolution satisfying…..Did Reagan regret these provisions? Did he indicate in any way that he signed them into law reluctantly? If so, the evidence has eluded me. “Future generations of Americans,” the president said at the signing ceremony, “will be thankful for our efforts to humanely regain control of our borders and thereby preserve the value of one of the most sacred possessions of our people: American citizenship.”…

Which leads us to one last item that we know for certain: All his political life, Ronald Reagan wooed voters outside his base. Who were Reagan Democrats who gave him landslide victories in 1980 and 1984? Voters of German, Irish, Italian, Polish and other ethnic backgrounds—in a word, the children and grandchildren of immigrants who entered the country at points such as Ellis Island….As for Sheriff Paul Babeu, Reagan would have kept him off camera. “Senator,” the sheriff says to Sen. McCain at the end of his advertisement, “you’re one of us.” One white man to another white man—speaking the very words most likely to alienate every Hispanic voter who hears them? Not in any advertisement in which Reagan would have appeared. He might have acquiesced, grudgingly, in completing the danged fence. But Ronald Reagan was no danged fool…”

This simply goes to show that the REAL REAGAN REPUBLICAN, the one last, lone holdout, who is most like Ronald Reagan is the one man the far right hates the most.

Let’s face the truth  – Lindsey Graham is the last real Reagan Republican.  The rest are just fakes.  The minions of the far right have managed to selectively forget who and what Reagan stood for.  And, the man who most resembles him (now that GWB is out of politics) is Lindsey Graham – the man they love to hate.

Then again – these same idiots were the ones who detested Reagan the most.

Do you know any other Republican leader who is looking toward the future of the party by trying to grow it by attracting young voters and Hispanics?

“…Those issues are of great importance to two groups Republicans badly need: young people and Hispanics, Graham told The Greenville News .

Graham said clean energy is a critical issue for young people, and “we have a problem with 30 and younger voters.” If GOP lawmakers continue to argue there is no downside to carbon pollution, the party is “going to lose young people forever as Republicans because they’ve grown up being very environmentally sensitive,” he said.

“So for the Republican Party, we’ve got to make a decision,” Graham said. “Are we going to be the party of carbon pollution forever? If so, then I think our ability as a party to grow in terms of young voters is going to be severely hurt.”

Similarly, immigration bickering in Washington is making it hard to reverse a trend of Hispanics joining the Democratic Party, he said.

“If we don’t get immigration behind us as a nation and if our party doesn’t change some of our rhetoric then we’re going to have a hard time regaining the favor of Hispanic voters,” he said….Graham is sending an even stronger message to Republicans, and they would be wise to listen to him, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center.  He’s just talking sense,” Sabato said. “He’s saying Republicans need to listen to the concerns of minorities, young people and others who are voting overwhelmingly for Democrats.”

Projections in the coming years show the numbers getting much worse for Republicans, Sabato said, and it isn’t only Hispanics. By mid-century, he said, a majority of Americans will belong to minority groups.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that minority groups had nearly half of the nation’s births in the 12 months that ended July 1, 2009, with Hispanics accounting for a quarter of them.

Both parties know Republicans are going to gain seats in November, Sabato said, so Democrats want to pass legislation quickly and Republicans want to slow things down. But Graham is looking beyond November, Sabato said, and “he’s speaking the truth.”

Republicans will do well in the November mid-term elections, Sabato said, but “we’re talking about presidential elections and we’re not talking about a particular year, we’re talking about…John Simpkins, director of diversity initiatives for the Charleston School of Law, said Republicans “need to think about building their party for the next 20 years instead of simply reacting against Democrats.”

“What Sen. Graham is talking about is for the Republican Party to develop a long-term strategy that’s built on growing the party in terms of the numbers of people who are attracted,” Simpkins said, “and appealing to what is now the second-largest demographic group in the country is smart politics.”

Although a significant number of Americans are upset about the direction of the country, they do not have a large enough coalition to form a governing majority, and Graham understands that, Simpkins said.

“He’s rarely one to mince words, to his credit,” Simpkins said. “He is not afraid to go out on a limb and at times buck party orthodoxy or what seem to be the prevailing winds in the Republican Party.”…”

DIGGING HIMSELF DEEPER INTO TROUBLE?

(or)

IS HE A STATESMAN?

He keeps digging himself deeper and deeper into the anti-immigration quagmire by behind honest,  honorable, and is NOT drinking the Numbers USA kool-aid.

“...GRAHAM: Well, it’s a good first step, but it gets back to this political aspects of this whole deal. Why wouldn’t you share that with the conference, Senator McCain in particular? But at the end of the day, 1,200 seems to be an inadequate number, given the size and the scope of the problem. And it’s more than boots on the ground. It’s unmanned aerial vehicles, it’s virtual fences that don’t work. There’s a lot to be done on the border, and the threats are greater now than they were in 2007, when we tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform before.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why is comprehensive immigration reform dead?

GRAHAM: Well, I think, right now, the problem most Americans have is that they want to see their borders secured. And they don’t hate illegal immigrants, but they don’t want 20 million more 20 years from now. So we’re not going to be able to legalize and allow people who are here illegally to stay on our terms, not theirs, until you convince the American people there won’t be a wave of 20 million coming in 20 years.

And that’s why, I think, if you tried a legalization program for the 12 million here, until you secured the border first, that the American people wouldn’t have confidence that the second wave wouldn’t come. So let’s restore confidence. Let’s secure the border. Then we’ll deal with the illegal employment, temporary worker program and the 12 million.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so what’s the problem with securing the border? Because I hear it from both sides of the aisle. I mean, it’s a little bit bizarre how everyone says it…

GRAHAM: Yes.

VAN SUSTEREN: … but it doesn’t seem to get done. In fact, it’s not done. I mean, it’s weird! What are you guys doing?

GRAHAM: Well, we’re spending some money, spending a lot of money. Let’s build the fence. The fence that we authorized to be built hasn’t been built. So having a fence in certain areas will work. Let’s put more surveillance capability down by the border. Let’s put…

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, why not done?

GRAHAM: … boots on the ground.

VAN SUSTEREN: I mean — I mean, I got the suggestions, but, like, why isn’t it being…

GRAHAM: Well…

VAN SUSTEREN: I mean, everyone (INAUDIBLE) and says, This is what we need to do, but why isn’t it being done?

GRAHAM: Well, this administration and the last administration didn’t robustly do it. But we have authorization to do more. We need to do more. And at the end of the day, 40 percent of the people here illegally never came through the southern border. They over overstayed their visas. So I don’t want people listening to your show to think if we just built the fence, our illegal immigration problems going away. We got a visa problem, and the 19 hijackers who attacked us on 9/11 all overstayed their visas from the Mideast. So we got to secure the border and fix our visa problem both….”

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