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Voter ID Laws Paint Republican Party Deeper Into a Corner: View

When President George W. Bush departed Washington in 2009, he left behind a world of trouble and a golden opportunity for his party. Bush arguably did more than any Republican in his lifetime to scrub the taint of racial politics from the party’s brand. What’s more, his efforts were gaining supporters.

Bush won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, a record for a Republican. He subsequently tried to push an overhaul of immigration laws through Congress, but was blocked by senators in his own party. His share of the black vote increased as well, from 9 percent in 2000 to 14 percent in 2004.