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Conservative leaders who support Marco Rubio's amnesty (Hannity, O'Reilly, Norquist, Cardenas, Krauthammer...) - 01/22/13

This post will maintain a list of those supposed conservative thought leaders (major pundits, media figures, organization heads, etc.) who support the form of comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty) proposed by Marco Rubio.

Dodge, Barron: The GOP and Tea Party need to split up - 03/03/12

The phrase "truer words were never spoke" came to my mind several times as I was reading "The tea party and the GOP: a marriage that isn't working" [1] by Andrew Dodge (former head of the Maine Tea Party Patriots) and Christopher Barron (GOProud). I suggest all of my fellow Tea Parties patriots read it and take its message to heart:

GOP debate February 22, 2012 (Arizona, CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 02/22/12

The worthless GOP debates move into a new month with yet another worthless debate tonight.

NETWORK: CNN

Occupiers shout down Rick Santorum (OWS, glitter, gay marriage) - 02/14/12

The video below shows Occupy Wall Street doing what they do best: help those they pretend to oppose. In this case, they do that by shouting down Rick Santorum at an event in Tacoma, Washington.

GOP debate January 26, 2012 (CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/26/12

Yet another worthless GOP debate happens tonight.

NETWORK: CNN

Republican debate January 19, 2012 (South Carolina, CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/19/12

Brace yourself for yet one more worthless GOP debate. It starts today, January 19 at 9pm Eastern.

NETWORK: CNN

MODERATOR: John King.

WHERE: South Carolina

GOP Presidential Debate January 16, 2012 (Fox News, WSJ, South Carolina, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Ron Paul) - 01/16/12

Yet still one more worthless GOP debate starts today, January 16 at 9pm Eastern.

NETWORK: Fox News

PARTNERS: Fox and the Wall Street Journal (see the link).

MODERATOR: Bret Baier.

Republican Presidential Debate January 8, 2012 (NBC News, Facebook, New Hampshire, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Ron Paul, Huntsman, David Gregory) - 01/08/12

The second worthless GOP debate of 2012 starts today, January 8 at 9am Eastern. This is apparently the first morning debate of this presidential campaign season, but don't expect it to be any different from all the others. You can watch the debate live on Facebook, but it will also be shown on NBC later in the day depending on your location (reportedly the same time slot as Meet the Press).

NETWORK: NBC News

Iowa Republican Presidential Debate December 10, 2011 (ABC News, GOP, Iowa Caucus, Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Drake U) - 12/10/11

Yet another worthless GOP debate takes place tonight with what will be sold as the most important debate so far. That's because it will take place in Iowa a few weeks before the Iowa Caucus.

MODERATORS: George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer

CBS Republican Presidential Debate November 12, 2011 (South Carolina, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Graham, DeMint) - 11/12/11

We just had yet another worthless GOP debate three days ago, but tonight there's yet another one. This time CBS News will be the one asking the weak questions at a debate at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It's set to kick off at 8pm Eastern.

CNBC Republican Presidential Debate November 9, 2011 (Detroit, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 11/09/11

Tonight CNBC is conducting yet another in a very long line of worthless debates, this time a GOP debate in Detroit in conjunction with Oakland University. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available.

CNN Republican Presidential Debate October 18, 2011 (Las Vegas, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 10/18/11

Tonight CNN will be conducting yet another of their worthless debates, this time a GOP debate in Las Vegas in conjunction with the Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC). Show time is at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available.

Bloomberg/WaPo GOP debate, October 11, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Cain, Bachmann...) - 10/11/11

Tonight Bloomberg and the Washington Post will be conducting yet another worthless GOP debate. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. This debate stands to be just as bad and as much of a public disservice as all the others.

Fox News/Youtube GOP debate, September 22, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Bachmann...) - 09/22/11

Tonight Fox News will be conducting a GOP debate in conjunction with Youtube, with some of the questions to be asked having been submitted via Youtube. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. This debate stands to be just as bad and as much of a public disservice as all the others, especially considering the involvement of Youtube.

CNN Teaparty GOP debate: September 12, 2011 (Rick Perry, Romney, Bachmann, Ron Paul) - 09/12/11

Tonight CNN will be conducting a GOP debate in conjunction with the Teaparty Express organization. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available.

GOP debate open thread: Monday, June 13, 2011 (CNN /WMUR /New Hampshire Union Leader) - 06/13/11

Tonight at 8pm Eastern, seven declared or possible GOP presidential candidates will debate at New Hampshire's St. Anselm College. Feel free to leave your comments about the debate below; some live coverage might also be provided. When a transcript is available I'll highlight the immigration-related parts in an update.

Those debating are (see each link for more):

Rick Santorum gives Democrats a pass on immigration - 05/06/11

At last night's GOP debate, Rick Santorum gave the Democrats a pass on immigration - the issue where they're most vulnerable. Not only that, but he might have exposed a weakness on the immigration issue that's worse than just giving the Democrats a pass.

Here's what Santorum said:

The president had a year where he had control of the legislature could have passed any bill he wanted. They didn't take a vote in the senate and never proposed a bill this is a political issue for the president. He's playing political games with a very important group of people in America. We need to stop the political games and get the solutions. That's not what they are doing in Washington.

So, what's wrong with that? Let's see:

1. Santorum is falsely assuming that we need some form of major legislation. He isn't going after the root of the problem: we don't need new major legislation so much as we need the current laws to be enforced. Santorum isn't concentrating on why the current laws aren't enforced and he isn't taking actions that would make it more likely that they're enforced.

2. Santorum isn't going after the Democrats where they're weakest. For instance, in their response to his comments [1], the Democrats point out how it was the Republicans who blocked the DREAM Act. That's a *good thing*, but Santorum is acting like it was a bad thing. The DREAM Act is an openly anti-American bill that would allow the illegal aliens covered by it to take college educations from U.S. citizens. Instead of pointing out that the Democrats want to take college educations away from U.S. citizens in order to give them to the illegal aliens covered by the bill, Santorum is (falsely) pretending that the Democrats were the roadblock to that bill.

3. Santorum is implicitly supporting Hispanic ethnic nationalism and he's assuming that all Hispanics are the same; not all Hispanics support illegal immigration. Instead of calling on Hispanics - Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, etc. - to support our laws and calling out the far-left ethnic nationalists among them (Luis Gutierrez, Bill Richardson, etc.) who support illegal activity, Santorum is assuming that all oppose our laws and do so out of ethnic solidarity.

The debate - as have all the other presidential debates - was a waste of time that did not do a public service. And, Santorum didn't rise above it.

[1] The Democrat's response is at democrats.org/news/may5debate/
fact_check_santorum_on_immigration, which includes among other "fact checks", this AP headling:

AP: Senate Republicans Doomed An Effort That Would Have Given Hundreds Of Thousands Of Young Immigrants A Path To Legal Status After They Voted To Block The DREAM Act. [AP, 12/20/10]