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Tea Party Defeats Could be Good News for Immigration Reform. By Roger Algase

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November 5 was not a good day at the polls for the Tea Party. Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party zealot whose battle against abortion rights would have taken America back at least 50 years, narrowly lost the governor's race in still conservative Virginia (except for the Washington suburbs.)

A November 5 Washington Post article, appearing while the voting was still taking place, indicated that at least part of Cuccinelli's problems were due to a perception among Latino voters that he was anti-immigrant, based on a comment of his which may in fact have been misinterpreted. See Latino voters say health care, controversial remark, spur them to turn out for McAuliffe.

Whether or not Latino voters actually made up the margin of defeat for Cuccinelli, it is clear that they are becoming more and more of a force to be reckoned with. The WP quotes one Virginia Latino voter as follows:

"'If you don't vote, you can't complain,' said Pedro Delcid, owner of a small remodeling company. 'Our people felt persecuted...We are tired that they blame us for everything. We have to make sure the politicians hear that.'"

With Cuccinelli's loss and the victories of relatively moderate, or at least establishment, Republicans in New Jersey and Alabama, despite Tea Party disfavor or outright opposition, the direction that the Republican party has to take for the future is clear.

That direction is not the one of continuing the endless shell game now being played by the House GOP leadership under the fraudulent name of "piecemeal" immigration reform. To the contrary, the eventual demise of the Tea Party, along with its predecessor intolerant groups such as the Know-Nothings and John Birch Society, could signal the real dawn for comprehensive immigration reform.

But this may have to wait for more Tea Party defeats in 2014 and the election of a more moderate, bipartisan, House of Representatives.

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