As civil-unions legislation hits the home stretch at the State Capitol, along with a bill granting in-state tuition to undocumented college students, let's take a moment to recall a jump-up-and-down-arms-waving op-ed that appeared in The Denver Post, just days after the election:
Republican thinkers Josh Penry and Rob Witwer, both former Colorado GOP lawmakers, wrote about the problem with Colorado Republicans:
We've forgotten that politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. And here's some more math: 50,000 Latino kids turn 18 every month in this country. These kids grow up in households where parents work hard and attend church on Sunday. These are American values. But yes, some of these kids -- through no fault of their own -- were not born American citizens.
We've seen the arc of the immigration debate, and through our own personal experiences, we've also seen that it must now be resolved at all costs. This is a human issue, with moral (and biblical) implications. It's time to bury the hatchet and forge bipartisan agreement on immigration reform.
Now, two short months later, most Republicans at the State Capitol are lining up against the ASSET bill, offering reduced tuition to undocumented college students.
Meanwhile, The Post's Lynn Bartels is calmly pointing out that even fewer Republican lawmakers appear to support a civil-unions bill this year than last year because the GOP moderates were booted out by voters.
Rep. Cory Gardner is proudly telling Fox 31's Eli Stokols how much he'd love to fill the GOP tent with women and Hispanics, without saying he's against all abortion, some forms of birth control, as well as comprehensive immigration reform. Ditto for the rest of the CO GOP delegation, at least with respect to a path to citizenship.
Republicans are NOT jumping-up-and-down-arms-waving to denounce bills, introduced by fellow Republicans at the State Capitol, including a bill banning all abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest. All you hear is silence from the GOP on these.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler may not see the irony that, on the day ASSET is debated in Colorado, he joins a panel at the Heritage Center with Kansas SOS Kris Kobach, who played a big part in creating the much-maligned anti-immigration law in Arizona. They'll be talking about how to get tough on voting, but tough talk about immigration may pop up given the venue and the audience.
I could go on here, but why make a blog post long when a short one makes your point -- and you have other stuff to do, like go on a walk with your 83-year-old mother in Commons Park, where you can relax and watch the GOP self-destruct on its own?