That seems to be the prevailing analysis, but, I'm not convinced of it. I am of the opinion that we do not need to look that deeply. With the Pubs timidity is, more often than not, the answer.
They get demonized everytime they take a firm stand & have not the guts to defend and return fire. Consequently, they give up before the game starts.
In psycho-babble it is refered to as a self fulfilling prophecy.
Agreed. They're hyper-sensitive to the "racist" label, even though it's so over-used that it means nothing today.
The pubs are in a fish-or-cut-bait situation--their constituents, the blue-collar workers, are getting hammered in the workplace and are looking for relief. On the other side, the pubs don't want to get labeled "racist" by the dems when they so much as clear their throats to talk about immigration. Throw in the pubs' efforts to win over the latino vote and you've got a situation that requires strong leadership, vision and a stiff backbone--something the pubs are seriously lacking. It's just easier to point and yell, "Look, it's Superman!" and run the other way.