Yep, those adorable anti-immigration lovelies have destroyed the Hispanic vote for the GOP. We all knew it was coming. The Pink Flamingo hates to do an “I Told You So” but, I TOLD YOU SO.
Let’s be honest about one thing. The GOP Hispanic vote has never been large. Only GWB has been able to capture a sector of the Hispanic vote for the GOP. Perhaps we should be studying what he did right. If we do not, the GOP is going to be doomed to become a minority party.
“...The poll numbers make it clear that Hispanic voters really dislike the Republican Party. Fortunately for Republicans, Hispanic voters also seem remarkably apathetic about showing up at the ballot box in order to make their voices heard. Only 51% of registered Latino voters responded that they are “absolutely certain” that they will cast a ballot come November.
There can be little doubt that Republicans nationwide are cognizant of the Latino voter’s propensity to stay home on Election Day. If more Latinos voted, we would hear less praise of Arizona’s laws and less talk of rounding up illegals and less talk of the need to restrict education and basic social services to those that cannot prove their citizenship. But at the moment, the Latino community doesn’t show up and thus many Republicans feel free to score political points on the issue of immigration.
In the short run, this may help the Republican party win elections, but the Latino community is growing fast. It may be good politics for many Republicans to ignore Latino voters today, but there will come a day when Hispanic voters do make themselves heard. What is good politics today will haunt the GOP tomorrow. Win or lose, a large group of people does not like us and Republicans had better set about addressing this problem sooner rather than later. Otherwise, there will be far fewer election cycles in which Republicans beam with the sort of optimism that pervades the party leadership today….”
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