While 2016 is still a long way off, Republicans know that, if they tank immigration reform yet again, this will be an issue in the next presidential election that will cost them large portions of key demographics.
I knew President Romney was unlikely to champion civil liberties, but I never imagined he would claim the right to kill people he did not like. I woke up terrified. "President Romney is trying to kill me with drones," I screamed.
The image that Democrats and Republicans build for themselves will either help or be hung around the necks of their party-mates during midterm elections, and will set the tone for all things immigration related this political cycle.
The GOP must either wrangle it's more anti-immigrant forces who are worried about being "primaried," or admit that they won't be competitive on the national stage without rigging the vote more aggressively.
So, beyond merely acknowledging such statistics and their corresponding political implications, what concrete actions should the GOP take now to begin to foster relevance with key multicultural constituencies?
The re-election of Obama was far more than just another battle between Democrats and Republicans for the Oval Office. It was a war over how American history will be written and the legacy that would define the Obama presidency.
Why would members of a political party repeatedly antagonize potential voters? One reason: in their hearts they really do not believe that members of these groups are, or have any right to be, included as active participants in the political conversation of this country.
We like our presidents to be one of us, a regular person who drinks Bud Light and knows who Taylor Swift is. But the reality is, that's just the packaging. We really want a person who's NOTHING like a normal human.