MILWAUKEE - As if Jeb Bush's campaign were not already finished, the candidate drilled several additional screws into his own coffin during Tuesday night's debate.
"Even having this conversation sends a powerful signal," he whined as real estate mogul and presidential front-runner Donald Trump tangled with the Democratic wing of the Republican Party over the insanity of allowing 12 million illegal aliens to roam free in the United States without the slightest concern that our country's laws might just apply to them.
Outside the debate hall, protesters beat drums and screamed for amnesty. One man with a bullhorn kept repeating that justice is not possible in America. Every third time or so, he accused Mr. Trump of being a racist for vowing to enforce U.S. immigration laws. No word on whether he was a plant, paid for by the Bush campaign.
On stage inside the debate hall, Mr. Trump stuck to his guns and said immigration legislation passed by Democrats and Republicans in Congress and approved by presidents from both parties should simply be enforced. That is all he is saying.
Yet Mr. Bush not only thinks these laws should be summarily dismissed, but he also said during the debate that even having a discussion about enforcing our immigration laws is a terrible thing. We should dismiss these laws, and there should not even be a debate about it.
"They're doing high-fives in the Clinton campaign right now when they hear this," Mr. Bush said.
Wow. Truly astonishing. Not only does Mr. Bush not belong in the White House or the Republican Party, but he should also be deported. Perhaps to Mexico, where he might be happier and find greater success in politics.
Astonishingly, Mr. Bush was not alone on the Republican stage. "Think about the families," cried Ohio Gov. John Kasich. "C'mon, folks!"
These people really have no clue how desperately frustrated and estranged American voters in both parties are over this issue of rampant illegal immigration and Washington's absolute refusal to take simple, common-sense measures to fix the problem.
John Kasich should be deported right behind Jeb Bush.
Luckily, the remaining serious contenders on the stage - and even the less-serious contenders on the earlier debate stage - do not share Mr. Bush's and Mr. Kasich's reckless and lawless plot to eviscerate American sovereignty by granting amnesty to millions of illegals.
"If Republicans join Democrats as the party of amnesty, we will lose," Sen. Ted Cruz countered during the debate. "It is not compassionate to say we're not going to enforce the laws, and we're going to drive down the wages for millions of hardworking men and women."
Maybe think about THOSE families.
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