When the 2012 election is behind us, and the losing party starts picking up the pieces of its defeat, one Republican will stand ready with a prescription for the immigration debate ahead:
Along with a scholar and constitutional lawyer, Clint Bolick, Florida’s former governor and son of one president and brother of another president is working on a book about the “immigration wars.”
Bush has maintained that his own party has failed to speak more broadly and inclusively about the importance of immigration. The divisiveness of the debate over illegal immigration has saddled the party’s presidential nominee with a lot of mistrust in the Hispanic community, with polls showing President Barack Obama holding a two-to-one advantage over Republican Mitt Romney among Latinos.
Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, said today that it will publish “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” in the Spring of 2013. The book by Bush and Bolick is described as “an effort to bring coherence to a disastrous immigration policy that at once makes it difficult for newcomers to lawfully enter our country but on the other hand fails to consistently enforce the law. ” They are offering “a strategy to bridge the partisan divide and set our nation’s immigration policy on a just and rational course. ”
Bush, a former two-term governor, is president of Jeb Bush and Associates, a Miami consulting firm. Bolick is vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix and a research fellow with the Hoover Institution.
“Immigration is an important part of our country’s success and, if policies are reformed, can be part of restoring and sustaining our greatness as a nation,” Bush says in a statement released by the publisher.
“We hope our book will help point the way to resolving a vitally important issue that has suffered from a colossal failure of political leadership on both sides of the partisan divide,” Bolick adds in his publisher’s statement.
Threshold Editions acquired rights to the book through a consultant whose name will be familiar to followers of politics: Mary Matalin.
Should Romney lose the presidential election in November, there will be a lot of people within the party looking for a road map to renewal for the Republican Party.
Not to mention a new leader.