Cliff Owen, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Our Take: Evaluations of the election have been extensive and poignant, especially when referring to the slew of reasons why the Republican Party lost. Potential strategies for the future of the Party have been spewing from every national voice and political pundit across the nation, many of them centering on and around the Hispanic voter and immigration reform.
In the following editorial, Aaron Blake, contributor to the Washington Post, writes that when it comes to the future of the GOP, it is not a matter of should we pass immigration reform? its more a matter of we must pass immigration reform.
The Republican Party is beginning to succumb to the demographic reality that confronts it: Just as Latino voters are deserting the GOP in near-record numbers, the Latino vote is quickly becoming hugely important to winning elections.
So its no surprise that Republicans now sound keen on doing comprehensive immigration reform; they need a healthy share of Latino votes going forward, and theyre not getting it.
But when it comes to Republicans and immigration reform, it isnt so much that the GOP needs to do it, as much as that it cant afford not to be a part of it.