The word is that some Republicans are finally catching on to the fact that they need to rebrand their image if they ever hope to win the White House any time soon. The Dr. Evil / Mr. Hyde persona they’ve been carrying around for the last few decades appears to be wearing thin on voters. And so we have Eric Cantor coming out yesterday in favor of proposals for immigration reform that sound suspiciously similar to what Democrats have been saying for years.
“It’s no secret that there are more than 11 million people here illegally, many of whom have become part of the fabric of our country,” he [Cantor] said. “They, like us, have families and dreams.”
“It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.”
If Cantor’s newly evolved position on immigration sounds exactly opposite to Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” position that was supported by Republicans during the election campaign, it’s because it is. It’s amazing what 70 percent support for Obama by Hispanics can do to Republicans’ long held beliefs.
But don’t bet the farm on Republicans evolving into rational fact-based 21st century beings just yet. It won’t happen any time soon as exemplified by Marco Rubio’s take on climate change at a BuzzFeed event yesterday.
The question is if man made activity is what’s contributing the most to it. I know people said there’s a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle.
Bullshit. Marco Rubio is a liar. There is no “reasonable debate” on the issue of whether human activity is the prime cause of global warming. When 97 percent of climatologists are in agreement on man’s role in climate change, it’s a fair assumption to say that there’s a scientific consensus out there – a consensus that the liars and deniers refuse to acknowledge.
You can take Rubio’s word on climate change…or you can listen to what the The National Academy of Sciences has to say on the issue:
“Some scientific conclusions or theories have been so thoroughly examined and tested, and supported by so many independent observations and results, that their likelihood of subsequently being found to be wrong is vanishingly small. Such conclusions and theories are then regarded as settled facts. This is the case for the conclusions that the Earth system is warming and that much of this warming is due to human activities.”
Is that not clear enough?
Throw in the right’s views on creationism, marriage equality, gun control, women’s reproductive rights and countless other issues and what you’re left with is a political party that refuses to alter its beliefs and join the rest of us in the 21st century. And as long as Republicans refuse to do so, the GOP will continue their downward slide into irrelevancy no matter how enlightened Eric Cantor appears to have become on the immigration issue.