A new attack ad by the Karl Rove-founded group American Crossroads included a curious citation: a widely panned Heritage Foundation study on immigration reform which was co-written by a scholar who once argued against letting immigrants with low IQs into the country. The ad attacks Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, on Obamacare before pivoting to immigration reform. At 0:21 into the ad text reads "Bruce Braley: Giving Lawbreakers Food Stamps and Medicare"; at the bottom is a citation to "The Heritage Foundation, 5/6/13."
It's just a little jarring to see this message coming from American Crossroads. Karl Rove, who raises funds for the group, has spent more than a decade telling Republicans that they need to be careful about how they discuss immigration if they want to win Hispanic votes. "It is ... important that Republicans avoid calling a pathway to citizenship 'amnesty,' Rove wrote a year ago." And here's Crossroads, telling Iowans that any pathway to citizenship is amnesty. It's a long, long way from the Bush presidential campaigns. "Seems to me that, if there's a story here, it's that Rove and American Crossroads supported the same amnesty that they're hitting Braley for supporting in that ad," Richwine told me in an email.