Hillary Pokes GOP’s Hornet’s Nest on Immigration
Greg with an important observation: Support for Immigration Reform is much broader within the Democratic party than just the progressive wing. It’s basically recognition that the Democrats lost the Reagan and blue dog Democrats that they were going to lose to the GOP permanently long ago and that catering to that former coalition serves no purpose to the future of the party.
A number of observers are pointing out that this aligns Clinton with the “left” side of the Democratic Party. This is not really right. In fact, the Democratic Party is more unified in favor of immigration reform than it has ever been, due in part to the increasing importance of Latinos to the party, and in keeping with the party’s broader shift on the priorities that matter to the emerging coalition that has driven Dem victories in recent national elections — nonwhites, millennials, and socially liberal college educated whites.
Clinton’s speech today suggests she sees holding that coalition as crucial, as does her recent rhetoric on police reform, on gay rights, and on climate change, perhaps at the expense of the culturally conservative blue collar whites who used to matter more to Dem electoral chances.