The Nunn-Rubio-Graham Amnesty Axis

Perhaps because David Perdue won the Republican Senate nomination here in Georgia after heavily running an ad accusing runoff opponent Jack Kingston of taking money from the godless amnesty-lovers of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, I hadn’t really noticed Republicans were running “amnesty” ads against Democrat Michelle Nunn. But as Brother Benen points out, the entity running these ads is the official Senate Republican campaign committee, the NRSC.

If the National Republican Senatorial Committee wanted to condemn a Democratic bill, that would at least make sense in the abstract. But the immigration reform package the NRSC is now attacking was written by four senators the NRSC supports. Indeed, about a third of the Senate Republican caucus threw its support behind the legislation.

That would include Sens. Rubio, McCain, Graham and Flake, two of them representing states neighboring Georgia. Wonder if constituents of Rubio and Graham living in Georgia media markets realize their Republican senators are being targeted? Probably not.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.