Republicans Need Not Fear Puerto Rico

Time will tell if the Puerto Rican flag becomes the 51st state flag (Getty Images).

There was a time when Republicans supported Puerto Rican statehood. Reagan, Ford, and Bush Sr. all championed the right for Puerto Rico to gain statehood and Bob Dole even introduced a bill to let Puerto Ricans vote on whether a 51st star should be added to the U.S. flag for them. But as polarization has gnawed its way into every facet of our politics recently, the Democrats have become the party of Puerto Rican statehood…