Yeah, I know — putting “evolution” with “Republican” is odd, given how many Republicans reject that concept (52% in the latest poll).
But the post-election meme has been that the party needs to examine its positions.
And, less than a day after the election, one of the most influential Republican voices did just that.
That would be Sean Hannity, the second most popular talk radio host on the air, and a reliably absurd figure.
Yesterday, on his show, he had this to say:
“It’s simple to me to fix.. I think you control the border first. You create a pathway for those people that are here — you don’t say you’ve got to go home. And that is a position that I’ve evolved on. Because, you know what, it’s got to be resolved. The majority of people here, if some people have criminal records you can send them home, but if people are here, law-abiding, participating for years, their kids are born here, you know, first secure the border, pathway to citizenship, done.”
Talk about evolution! Hannity’s gone to the left of the President, who only suggests legal residency. Hannity wants to provide citizenship!
Of course, Hannity’s reasoning behind his abrupt change of heart is enlightening: ”We need to get rid of the issue.”
Get rid of the issue. Not that it’s right to do but it’s expedient to do.
Think that’ll play well in the Hispanic community, a guy who’s ranted and raved for years about the “illegals” now just wants to “get rid” of the problem?
Think Hannity’s self-proclaimed “evolution” came after he saw that 71% of Hispanics voted for Obama a day before his “evolution”?
Now, what will Hannity do to evolve on the Asian issue, the one based on the 66% of Asian voters who favored Obama? Or for the 90% of gays who voted for Obama?
Watch for further “evolution” in Hannity’s “rock solid” positions.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.