Reeling from President Barack Obama's re-election last week, those Republicans not still stuck in Stage 1 have been rapidly evolving on the issue of immigration and how to treat the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.
Today, TNReport reports that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey appears to be among them. In fact, the proud new owner of a supermajority in the state Senate says (after the jump) the party needs to "reassess" the difficult, if not non-existent, path to citizenship that lies ahead of new immigrants.
Ramsey told a northeast Tennessee news station, WJHL-TV, that the time has come for Republicans to confront the reality that there’s a perception the GOP is hostile to new immigrants — and the party’s Washington-level electoral fortunes have suffered because of it. (Watch video)
“Now, I am not for amnesty, and we need to make sure we police the borders,” said the Blountville Republican, who serves as Speaker of the Tennessee Senate, where the GOP controls 26 seats to the Democrats’ six. “But let’s face the facts: They’re here, they’re hard-working people, they are Christian Roman Catholics, they think like we as Republicans do, they are conservative, and so we need to figure out a way for them to become citizens.
Leaving aside for now the assumption that "they're hard-working ... Christian Roman Catholics" ipso facto "they think like we as Republicans do," the sentiment seems like progress. No doubt, however, there are those within the conservative ranks who might disagree that the results of this election should provoke Republicans to re-evaluate their stance on some things.
Uh yes, Lt. Gov.? We have an Andy Miller on line one.