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Lunchtime Must-Read: Brian Buetler: Watch Rand Paul Run for His Life Before Steve King Insults an Immigrant in Iowa

Brian Buetler: Watch Rand Paul Run for His Life Before Steve King Insults an Immigrant in Iowa: "It’s a cruel coincidence for GOP presidential aspirants...

...that the Republican Party’s most uncensored, most influential, anti-immigrant member (Representative Steve King) hails from a state (Iowa) where, for arbitrary reasons, presidential primary candidates face their first real electoral test... Republicans like Senator Rand Paul have to break bread in public... with someone they must be prepared to flee mid-meal, while still chewing. That's what happened Monday at a Paul fundraiser in Okoboji, Iowa.... Sticking up for the DREAMer in the video would plausibly doom Paul’s primary campaign. Standing with King would pose an equal but opposite threat in the general, as would playing dumb. So, he did what he had to do. And it was a wise move.... To many Republicans, feigning surprise at an immigrant’s command of English and calling her a lawbreaker is unremarkable. As is the suggestion that children should refuse to travel with their parents absent proper authorization, or that they should self-deport once they grow up.... But most people don’t find these kinds of things particularly commendable."

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