The only major Trumpian issue not being championed, yet, by the Dems is restricting immigration — but then, neither is that being delivered by the Republicans, who control the entire government. Unlike the locked doors of the inward-looking GOP, the gates of the Democrat party have been left open and unattended — so just invade their territory and dig yourself in as the immigration restriction camp of the Dems.
Perspicacity or delusion?
The latter, I’ll argue. Agnostic again:
The GOP is not “going to learn” from the lessons where “Trump taught them how to win”. They are an ossified party at the terminal stage of hegemony. How long can they be given to learn how to win? Trump destroyed their vision back in 2016. If they’re still ignoring his winning platform, they will not be pursuing it anytime soon.
How long will restrictionists have to wait for Democrats to make even the most non-committal, mild gesture in the direction of immigration restriction?
Rhetorical, of course. The only plausible answer is “indefinitely”. There’s no talk of it whatsoever among any Democrats, anywhere. The Bernie Sanders of 2015 is a distant memory.
Sanders has been an entirely unfettered open borders zealot for years now. Among Democrats, it’s zero tolerance for any nuance on the National Question.
Chuck Schumer, concerned he might get Pelosi-ed for working on a budget deal that allows for a few bollards to be placed along thirty miles of the nearly 2,000-mile long southern border, increased the odds Trump will veto said bill by prematurely bragging about how good it is for Democrats [edit: doesn’t look like Trump will be vetoing anything, just whining on Twitter instead] before anyone has seen the thing. That’s how fanatical the contemporary Democrat party is.
Trump’s successful campaign, with immigration as its centerpiece, showed immigration’s electoral viability among Republicans. Jim Webb, in contrast, had something–anything–other than totally-open-borders entirely to himself in the Democrat primaries and he couldn’t even clear 1% support in a field of five people.
Agnostic downplays the importance of immigration to Trump’s success:
I’d be careful about putting too much emphasis on immigration — it’s not the #1 issue for any sub-group of Americans [AE: that is no longer the case], nor for Trump’s winning coalition.
It wasn’t just Trump’s campaign announcement that put immigration front and center. Channeling the bemusement of political commentators everywhere, Nate Silver noted that, after being operational for months, the only policy platform Trump’s campaign website offered was on immigration. Silver figured that since immigration hadn’t ever won before, it wouldn’t win this time, either–and he, like so many others (but not all!), got BTFO as a result.
It is difficult to overstate how bold a move centering a campaign around immigration was back in 2015. To the infinite frustration of those of us who have tried for decades to make the National Question the preeminent one, it has a pretty lousy electoral track record.
I supported Tom Tancredo in 2008. He was the first Republican since Pat Buchanan in 1992 to make immigration a major campaign issue. He went nowhere.
In 2012, Rick Santorum had a damascene conversion on immigration. He didn’t fare much better than Tancredo. In retrospect it looks like he did okay, but that’s because he was the Kasich of 2016–he simply stuck around longer than a lot of other candidates. Santorum never had a chance at the nomination.
In 2016 we finally saw the first successful immigration-oriented presidential campaign (in the history of the Republican party?) occur. And the second most successful immigration-oriented presidential campaign, too–that of Ted Cruz.
This is exactly the wrong time for immigration restrictionists to do an about-face and try to capture the party that NumbersUSA gives over 90% of current congressional members an “F” grade to.
The siege has been a long and grinding one, but we’ve finally captured a few supply lines and a few of our guys, like Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions, have even managed to scale the walls. In 2016, Trump avoided CPAC in fear of being run out of town on a rail. A couple years later, speakers favoring open borders were being booed and heckled by attendees, while Marion Le Pen spoke in the conference room next door. All the Republicans who ‘should’ be seeking re-election but have opted not to are almost all open borders cucks of the worst order. Let Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and others with less name recognition leave the party:
Cuban-American and the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress, [Illeana] Ros-Lehtinen announced back in April 2017 that she will retire at the end of her current term. Speaker Paul Ryan afterward called her “a force.” She has clashed with President Trump on transgender issues, deportations, and his travel ban.
To the extent that the answer is political, it is not to scour the country for the phantom Democrat restrictionist, it is to make immigration the only issue that matters and primary any Republican who waffles on it.