Telling and Weak

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The American Conservative Union – a pretty important group on the right and the folks who put on CPAC – just released a conservative statement in support of immigration reform after a meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the list is actually telling by its weakness. Or to be more specific, weak in context: it includes a lot of people you’d definitely expect to support reform and basically no one about whom I would say, “Wow, really interesting that they got her to sign on. Didn’t expect that.”It mainly made of Hispanic Republicans and/or pro-immigration activists, Chamber of Commerce type Republicans, a few evangelical leaders and sundry randoms. Like, Fred Malek, glad he’s on board! There’s really no one on the list who I’d identify as part of the non-money, cultural right – the folks who’d represent a game-change if they signed on.

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