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January 31, 2013

Hispanics' new clout is as good as gold

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Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, has had a fascinating evolution on immigration reform. In 2007, he announced his support for a path to citizenship for some illegal residents.

Then, running in a 2010 GOP primary for his Senate seat against a right-wing radio host, McCain abandoned his previous position and demanded in a commercial that the federal government “complete the damned fence” that he had once derided.

Now, he’s back supporting a path to citizenship. Why?

“Elections,” he said, honestly. “Elections.”

The lesson, stated so eloquently by Doc Long, is obvious. If you want to change something, particularly in the political world, you have to have the means to do it. In this case, the means are millions of Hispanic votes.

Obama has noticed, and so, thankfully on this issue, have many Republicans.

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