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  •  This is one of those cases where the reality (4+ / 0-)
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    of the power the Republicans have to totally kill any bill that includes our needs is  even more painful than usual.

    I think the Republicans would love to use LGBT people as a scapegoat to kill any immigration bill. I do not think their need to gain Latino support is stronger than bigotry over many.

    Do I like being tossed under the bus? Hell no. I had way too many painful airport goodbyes due to DOMA.

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

    by kimoconnor on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:33:29 PM PDT

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    •  But would they? (0+ / 0-)
      I think the Republicans would love to use LGBT people as a scapegoat to kill any immigration bill.
      They're going to risk offending the increasingly important Latino electorate just so they can please a few bigots in their party who will vote for them anyway?  I doubt it seriously.  The Republicans are the ones who need this bill to pass.  They have no credibility on this issue, and if the bill fails over the UAFA, the GOP will be blamed, not the Democrats.

      The Republicans aren't stupid.  They can see the demographic tidal wave they're facing.  That should give the Democrats a great deal of leverage.  As usual, though, the Democrats don't want to use it.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:55:41 PM PDT

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      •  GOP may have thought they could gain Latino votes (1+ / 0-)
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        by scapegoating LGBTs.  That is, Repubs kill the bill on account of Leahy's amendment (had it passed), and then campaign for Latino votes by blaming LGBTs for the death of the bill.  I doubt that strategy would have worked, but maybe that's what the GOP had planned.

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