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Thu Mar 15, 2012, 07:09 PM

Hispanics Hate the Republican Party

Glenn Thrush reports today that although Hispanics have been disappointed in Obama, the Republican presidential primary has sent them stampeding back into his arms:

Hispanics, a powerful bloc whose vote could decide the outcome in pivotal states such as Nevada, Florida, Colorado and Arizona, seem to have responded by abandoning Romney, with only 14 percent of Hispanic voters favoring him over Obama in a recent Fox Latino poll — one-third of the Hispanic support George W. Bush enjoyed in 2004.

“In 2008, John McCain paid the price with Latinos for what other Republicans ... had said and done,” said Ana Navarro, a Republican Party operative who worked for McCain in 2008 and is a longtime friend who advises Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who remains popular with that state’s large Latino population. “Romney could very well pay an even higher price with Latinos, but it will be for things he’s said and done. The tragic part about it is that he’s done it to win over the very conservatives, and they still .”

Yikes. But both Santorum and Gingrich poll at 14% too. In fact, in the Fox poll, Latinos actually prefer Romney over the other GOP candidates by a huge margin. The problem isn't so much that they hate Romney, it's that they hate pretty much everything about the Republican Party. On virtually every question they trust Democrats over Republicans by a huge margin. Nice work, tea partiers.

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/03/hispanics-hate-republican-party

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 07:20 PM

1. My Latino bos and sisters, if they can hold out for an Obama win, the nest four years will be

 

different, I believe. For sure, the GOP has nothing to offer.

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Response to nanabugg (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 07:23 PM

2. I got a question.

Long term over the next 50 years which party do you see most Latinoes supporting more even after the immigration issue is solved?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 07:28 PM

3. I live in a mostly Hispano neighborhood

and I can certainly confirm that but they've had reasons to hate Republicans in this state since the run up to the Great Depression.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 07:56 PM

4. R#9 & K for, they don't hate the Rethugs *enough*!1 n/t

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 15, 2012, 08:13 PM

5. Agreed. If Texas Hispanics hated the Texas Republican Party enough, they

Agreed. If Texas Hispanics hated the Texas Republican Party enough, they would not only have registered, they would have turned out in such numbers that would have not only cemented a Democratic majority in the Texas house, but also would have blown several Texas politicos out of the water in state-wide elections.

The problem with Texas Hispanics is that, despite their numbers, despite the fact that they're closing in on the number of caucasian "Anglo" voters, they don't vote. The older ones, the ones who remember what a struggle it was to get something close to genuine representative equality do, but the younger ones, particularly the twenty-somethings, stay home when early voting starts and stay inert all the way through Election Day. Their participation rate is MISERABLE--I believe that less than 25 percent of eligible Texas Hispanic voters under 30 go to the polls.

I'm sorry if I still sound bitter and resentful. I'd thought that the 2008 elections forcast a change for the better in Texas politics. But the non-voters stayed seated on their backsides and handed control of the Texas state government to the Republicans' Tea Party fringe.



They could shift the world but they gave it to the Teab@ggers instead. As they see public school funding slashed, as they see health clinics shuttered, as they see their children having even fewer opportunities for better lives than they had, I hope and pray that at least a few of them begin to have a political awakening--and don't roll over and go back to sleep again.



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Response to Vogon_Glory (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 16, 2012, 01:02 PM

6. Excellent analysis and fine outrage, thank you for that!1 Big difference: Blacks made voting the

CORE of the Civil Rights struggle and are light years ahead in ORGANIZATION.

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