From an absurd fluff piece in the Durango Herald Saturday, we must conclude...not this planet:
Social issues won't be winning elections this year, and Colorado's Republican Party chairman knows that...
The Hispanic vote will play a major role in the election this year, especially in swing states such as Colorado and Nevada where that demographic is booming, according to national news reports...[b]eyond grass-roots engagement, the party will push more Spanish language radio and television, he said.
The Republicans are also broaching the subject of immigration reform, Call said. The president has "failed to deliver" on his promises in that realm, creating an opportunity for Republicans to step in, Call said. [Pols emphasis]
President Obama's executive action to hold off on deportations of illegal immigrants who came to the country as children takes a "piecemeal approach," the state chairman said.
Instead, Republicans are advocating permanent guest worker permits and the use of higher education and military service as pathways to citizenship. [Pols emphasis]
Folks, we don't know any other way to say this: Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call has entered into a state of clinical denial. This is the same Ryan Call who denounced his fellow Republicans for their failure to pass the ASSET bill this year, which would have allowed undocumented students to pursue higher education in Colorado at affordable rates:
"I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed in the vote," Call told FOX31 Denver. "I am. It does make it more difficult for Republicans to talk about issues that are important to the Hispanic community when a bill like that can't get through the legislature." [Pols emphasis]
Are you aware of anything that has happened since the end of April, when Call said this, to make his point less valid? If not, can you explain to us why Call is acting like the legislative battle over ASSET, and its defeat at the hands of Colorado House Republicans, never happened?
Furthermore, President Barack Obama's recent immigration policy changes do use "military service as a pathway to citizenship," just like Ryan Call says he wants. The idea that anything resembling comprehensive immigration reform palatable to Hispanic voters could pass the current Republican Congress is nonsensical. Does Call really think Hispanics don't know this?
Because the polls say they do.
With apologies to the Herald's Emery Cowan, the author of this story, the only way Mr. Call gets away with misrepresenting his party's agenda to this laughable extent is when the interviewer is as ignorant about what the GOP actually stands for as their state chairman pretends to be.