The Republicans’ Hispanic problem

Discussion in 'Politics' started by OPTIONAL777, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. The Republicans’ Hispanic problem
    By Chris Cillizza, Sunday, March 27, 6:26 PM

    If demographics is destiny, then Republicans may have a major political problem on their hands.

    Why? Because numbers released by the Census Bureau late last week showed massive growth in the nation’s Hispanic population, a community that Republicans have struggled mightily to reach in recent years.

    The numbers are eye-opening. Hispanics now account for more than 16 percent of the total population, making them the largest minority group in the country. More than half of all population growth in the United States over the past decade came from Hispanics. Perhaps most amazing is that nearly a quarter — 23 percent — of all children age 17 or younger are Latino.

    That’s a major problem for Republicans, given that in the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) — far from the GOP’s most ardent advocate of stricter immigration laws — won just 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to exit polls.

    And if looking back is worrisome for GOP strategists, looking forward is downright frightening.

    Of the nine states where the Hispanic population grew by 100 percent or more between 2000 and 2010, McCain won seven of them: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee. That means that what had been reliably red states for decades are slowly — or not so slowly — seeing huge growth among what, for the moment, is a reliably Democratic constituency.

    Add to that the fact that the four states with the country’s largest Hispanic population — California, Florida, New York and Texas — will account for 143 electoral votes for the next 10 years. That’s more than half of the electoral votes a candidate needs to be elected president. California and New York already are reliably Democratic, while Texas remains, for now, reliably Republican. Florida has been pivotal in the past three presidential elections and is likely to be again in 2012.

    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush argued that there is no simple solution to reversing the GOP’s fortunes among Hispanics.

    “Republicans need to make a better effort at connecting with Hispanic voters,” he said. “The more connected Hispanics feel to the Republican community, the more likely they are to turn out in support of Republicans on Election Day.”

    Bush would know. He experienced one of the party’s rare success stories with Hispanics when he won a majority of their votes in his 2002 reelection bid.

    Two years later, President George W. Bush won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to national exit polling, by far the best showing in modern presidential history for a Republican.

    (There is considerable dispute among Democrats about those numbers, although no hard evidence has been offered to prove the data wrong; the cross-survey numbers, a compilation of all state-by-state exit polling in 2004, showed Republicans winning 40 percent of the Hispanic vote.)

    But those are isolated moments. And even in 2010, when voters elected three Hispanic Republicans to statewide office (Govs. Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida), the party won just 38 percent of the Hispanic vote nationwide.

    Mike Murphy, a senior Republican strategist who worked on former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman’s unsuccessful campaign for California governor in 2010, argues that the reason his side has struggled to make inroads with Hispanics is “mostly driven by the fact that too many Republicans have attempted to use illegal immigration as a wedge issue.”

    In the 2008 Republican presidential primary campaign, for example, McCain watched his candidacy falter amid a backlash from the party’s base for his support of comprehensive immigration reform. He ultimately stopped talking about the issue on the campaign trail.

    Murphy describes it as a “base-driven strategy that has injected red-hot rhetoric into our party’s message on immigration,” adding: “Primary politics have made the situation even worse.” (Murphy suggests that GOP opposition to some sort of path toward legalization is a “non-starter” for Hispanic voters.)

    A free-for-all in the 2012 presidential race could make matters worse as candidates try to out-conservative one another for the coveted primary voter. A race to the ideological right on immigration could further set back the party’s long-term prospects among Hispanics.

    Danny Diaz, who helped shepherd Martinez to victory in November, suggested that without a sustained effort among the party’s candidates and top strategists to find policy solutions — or at least a more respectful tone in the immigration debate — the party could be on the brink of writing its own political obituary with Hispanics.

    “As is always the case, the release of census numbers is accompanied by hand-wringing, yet what’s required is a commitment to a respectful and substantive dialogue based on sound, forward-looking policies,” Diaz said. “History proves that Hispanic voters can support Republican candidates, but it can’t take place without seriousness and dedication.”
  2. Crispy


    The hispanics in my community are Christian, hard working tax payers. I dont know how the right is managing to fuck that up.
  3. Most of what I hear and read says that Hispanics are very mixed in their political views and it just depends on the area. Republicans have done well with Hispanic voters in the past. I think this article is wrong.
  4. ===========
    Good points.
    Last elections[state, local, nationwide] suggest whatever ''problems'' may or may not exist with Hispanic voters,
    is no resaon to panic.

    Republicans had plenty of victorys.

    Dont know why that Hispanic organizer, so to speak,LOL,

    :D from CA wrote me to inform me he spoke Spanish @ home;
    but wanted his kids taught English @ school.

    Amen:cool: And i agree with that.
  5. Where is pspr , and scat and lu-crumb now ? when we need you.:D
  6. They are at a Klannish rally...

  7. Lucrum


    What exactly do you "need" from us?
    Most of the conservatives here despise the republicans almost as much as they do the democrats.

    Hey Dopey, did you sell many computers today?

  8. I need you to tell me, what are you going to do to get the Hispanic vote back.. :)
  9. The article in the OP contained so many logical fallacies, it's hard to deal with all of them.

    Start with the obvious. Most of the hispanics that have invaded our country are not citizens and, except for well-organized vote fraud efforts by democrats, cannot vote. So they don't really count.

    As for the "republican" consultant who thought the party should sell out on immigration and amnesty because hispanics object to it, what part of 70% democrat voting rate does he not understand? His idea is to make more of them citizens. Does he really think they will vote republican in gratitude?

    The most ardently pro amnesty politican in the republican party after Jeb Bush was John McCain. Fat lot of good it did him.

    The obvious alternative to selling out is to start enforcing our immigration laws. There should be no backsliding on amnesty or any form of path to citizenship. We should do everything possible to repeal birth citizenship and the whole anchor baby fraud. Stop making it so attrctive in terms of welfare, free medical care,e tc for illegals to come here.

    Of course, none of this will happen. The republicans, except for maybe Michelle Bachmann, are far too intimidated by the media to even talk about it.
  10. Lucrum


    From AAA:"Most of the hispanics that have invaded our country are not citizens and, except for well-organized vote fraud efforts by democrats, cannot vote. So they don't really count."

    Personally I don't want the Hispanic vote, I want them to pack up and go back home. Does that answer your question?
    #10     Mar 28, 2011