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  •  One good way to do this (1+ / 0-)
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    is to push the immigration reform issue.  It is an issue that does several things:

    1) It divides the GOPTP base and makes the hard right and its many most racists elements stand in stark contrast to the rest of the party, thereby further alienating the moderates from the radicals.  In particular it pits moderate agricultural and business interests against the racists within the GOPTP.  It also pits the isolationists against more moderate globalists within the GOP giving Dems further opportunity to attract more reasonable elements of the dwindling group of "moderate" elements of the GOP, who increasingly feel the TP elements do not represent their interests, but who they are too afraid to challenge for fear of being primaried.  This weakens the "moderates" who really only serve to enable the radical TP elements within the party, by keeping blue states purple.

    2) It energies the Latino and Hispanic elements of the electorate, which can, given the GOPTP record only help to swell the electorate with more potential democratic voters.  Remember latino and hispanic voters are the single most rapidly growing demographic, particularly in a number of states, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, and elsewhere, which may provide an additional 5-10% if the Dems can turn them out.  In particular, it provides an opportunity for other elements of the Democratic coalition, such as the Labor community and other minority communities to embrace a swelling of their ranks and comobilization on issues of common interest.

    3) it draws a stark contrast between Dems and the GOPTP.  Dems, who champion what has always made America great, that it is a country where people of all backgrounds can share a piece of our democracy and eventually flourish.  Historically, this has always come from immigration.  In contrast, the GOPTP comes off looking like isolationists, racists, and reactionaries unable to come to grips with the inevitable demographic changes in our society.  Once again out of touch with the majority of Americans.  This last element shouldn't be underestimated, since it makes the Democratic message one of hope, as opposed to the scorched earth politics of the modern GOPTP, where they have nothing to offer but fear and dysfunction.

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