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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:58 PM
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Sotomayor, Hispanics and the Martinez Resignation

Sotomayor, Hispanics and the Martinez Resignation
Submitted by Simon Rosenberg on 8/7/09

Perhaps no figure in the country has been more on the frontlines of the rising anti-Hispanic rhetoric in the Republican Party than Senator Mel Martinez. His political ascendency was engineered by Bush and Rove as part of their early - and successful - effort to increase Republican market share with Latinos. He was placed in the Bush Cabinet, and then backed by the Bush machine heavily in both the GOP primary and the Senate general election in Florida in 2004, as a way of helping create a national Republican Hispanic leader and to help Bush in a state they no doubt considered essential - given what happened in 2000 - in their 2004 re-election.

After the disasterous 2006 elections, the Bush White House made clear what worried them most by their defeat by appointing Senator Martinez the Chair of the RNC. The Hispanic vote which had gone from 21% in 1996 to 35% in 2000 to 40% in 2004 had - because of the anti Hispanic rhetoric of the immigration debate in 2005-2006 - dropped all the way down to 30% for the GOP in 2006. Martinez, who was the sharp edge of the Rovian Hispanic spear, was deployed to help reverse what was clearly a dangerous development for the GOP - the profound alientation of the fastest-growing, and perhaps most strategically placed, part of the American electorate.

When he was picked to be RNC Chair I predicted Senator Martinez would not last, that the national GOP so long so reactionary on matters of race, would simply not accept a bi-lingual Hispanic immigrant as their Chair. He lasted till the fall of 2007, overseeing among other things the sight of John McCain going from champion of immigration reform and Hispanics to opponent - all in order to appease the unappeasable anti-immigrant fringe of the Republican Party. To be clear after leading the GOP for less than a year Senator Martinez felt he could no longer do the job and walked away.

Earlier this year Senator Martinez, clearly now an outlier in his own Party, announced that he would not seek re-election for a 2nd term. And today, just one day after a Supreme Court vote where he witnessed first hand the reactionary attitudes toward race and Hispanics of his own Senate conference, Mel Martinez choose to not just not run for re-election but leave the Senate and his Republican colleagues altogether.

more:
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:03 PM
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1. I wondered if the Sotomayor vote was the last straw for him.. what a shame.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:25 PM
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9. I posted this on a thread yesterday the way the GOP treated Sotomayor was the last straw
I have no sympathy for him though because when you hang out with dogs you catch fleas.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:04 PM
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2. Adios, pendejo! n/t
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:06 PM
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3. I checked the fake increase in 2004 and it didn't happen.
It was one of the lies put out by Rove et al to cover their theft. I posted a link here to a study done by a Latino group in TX that showed the number was wrong, about 50 times. I don't have that link any more.

But it looks like the lie has been codified into gospel because here it is AGAIN. Geeze.
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:26 PM
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11. I remember it well, and the documentation on that theft was overwhelming.
Plus, everywhere there were touch screen voting machines, the votes were flipping. It wasn't just the central tabulators whose programming was rigged, they were flipping votes right before people's eyes, as well.

Hispanics know better, as a group, than to support republicans. Republicans are the party of racism and slave wages.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:37 PM
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12. Word. n/t
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:07 PM
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4. the republicans lost a very loyal voting block
it`s going to be hard for the republicans to claim they are friends of the latino voters.

mel must be going to run for govenor as a democrat?
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:09 PM
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5. Bite Your Tounge!
I wouldn't have that sell out, no matter what false flag he sails under.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:14 PM
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6. The majority of Latinos have always voted with Democrats.
I think under Reagan, the Republicans gained a small share but right wing nutcase Latinos have never been the majority of our voters. They're just loud. lol
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:19 PM
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7. Another GOP quitter! n/t
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:21 PM
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8. I listened carefully to his nominating speech for Judge Sotomayor. I remember thinking to myself...
"This guy is disgusted with his party"; therefore, I DO BELIEVE this was the straw that broke the camel's back.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:46 PM
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10. This is VERY interesting. Thanks so much for this. nt
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deep1 Donating Member (252 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:44 PM
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13. Any self respecting minority......
should not ally with the Republican party.
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