But he might be forced to prove his conservatism to win over the party base eventually, and that would include pushing back against comprehensive immigration reform, which a majority of Latinos favor.
Bush has said he would run a campaign that was “hopeful” and “optimistic.” The Republican base seems more prepared to embrace hate and fear, and all of Bush’s platitudes aren’t likely to change that.
The best we can hope for from Bush, then, is the conservatism of the old status quo.
Jose Miguel Leyva is a writer for Progressive Media Project, a source of liberal commentary on domestic and international issues; it is affiliated with The Progressive magazine. Readers may write to the author at Progressive Media Project, 409 East Main Street, Madison, Wis. 53703; email: pmproj@progressive
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