Fred Barnes thinks, despite all evidence to the contrary, that Republicans can turn their current misfortunes around. One suggestion he has is to quit being corrupt and nutty about immigration
(Republicans have) allowed their obsession with illegal immigrants to get out of hand. This drives away Hispanic voters and leaves the impression that Republicans are small-minded, ungenerous and nasty. The worst offenders are the presidential candidates, who would be wise to tone down their rhetoric on immigration.
Perhaps the candidates are actually just "small-minded, ungenerous and nasty," because, despite polls suggesting they're on the wrong side of the rest of the country on this issue
, they've decided instead to attempt to use a tragic murder to smear all illegal immigrants as murdering scum
. Never mind that "for every ethnic group, without exception
, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated and the least acculturated," Republicans think they've found a new chew toy for their base--call this the Very Southern Strategy
--and they're gonna stick with it.