Unable to continue to deny the force of anti-amnesty arguments in this year’s mid-term elections, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is out hitting Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn for supporting “amnesty.”
“It’s a pretty interesting ad — especially given Republicans appear to be starting to use immigration as a wedge issue,” writes Aaron Blake at The Fix.
It’s most interesting, though, because the “amnesty” cited in the ad appears to be the Senate immigration bill — the very same Senate immigration bill spearheaded by potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and supported by 13 other GOP senators.
By following the logic and wording of the new NRSC ad, there’s no other conclusion to be drawn than that, in effect, the national GOP is now calling Rubio’s bill “amnesty.”
This isn’t entirely novel. National parties will often use votes on which some of their members voted with the other party in a negative light, in states where it works in their favor.
But if the national GOP insists on labeling the Senate immigration bill “amnesty” going forward, they’re going to make 14 Senate Republicans — and one potential GOP presidential candidate — pretty unhappy.