A few months ago, there was very little for Republicans to be optimistic about. After the Presidential election, their focus was on how to revive and grow their party in order to make a better showing in 2016—or maybe even in the 2014 midterm elections.
The first solution they seemed agree upon was courting Hispanic voters with immigration reform. This was not a bad idea, and prominently featuring Marco Rubio as the face of GOP immigration reform (as well as the face of a new minority-friendlier party) was pretty good too. However, somewhere along the way, things on the immigration reform front started falling apart. Maybe it was the amnesty vs. no amnesty debate; maybe it was the realization that just about any proposal to create policies that were favorable to undocumented Hispanics would only create more Democratic voters. Continue reading