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  •  I have to disagree with part of this, (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Stratton
    Between Austin and San Antonio this area actually leans slightly Democrat.

    There is South Texas which, with the heavily hispanic population along the Rio Grande Valley, is solidly Democrat.


    The area between Austin and SA is quite Republic. Kyle, Buda, New Braunfels, Seguin, Blanco, etc., are rabidly R, even university town San Marcos gives R's a majority.

    As far as South Texas, the Rescummies are quietly and furiously proselytizing the culturally conservative Hispanics and winning.
    The defeat of US Rep. Solomon Ortiz by a teabagger in 2010 is a case in point (amongst many others) . That and the fact that usual Hispanic Democratic turnout is generally abysmal. The Democratic party is still taking them for granted down here and it ain't gonna play out too well.

    I witnessed many SoTx union member Hispanics (and anglos too) turning into Republican voters (against their own self interest) as far back as the late '70's. They were better off than average, take a relatively conservative view on social issues, and felt they could afford to be upscale Rescummies now (that's working out so well now...). One of the reasons that Bill Clements got in the guvs manse initially, after that the floodgates were opened.

    "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

    by Bluefin on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 03:13:34 PM PDT

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    •  The absorbtion of Hispanics into (0+ / 0-)

      the religious right is a concern. The hope is that future generations will be turned off by the anti-gay stuff and the racism. One big concern I have noticed is that, at least among white evangelicals, young people are rejecting the anti-gay stuff but stubbornly hanging to their parents desire to overturn Roe vs. Wade. If that dynamic plays out with hispanics, and demographic trends continue as projected, we could find ourselves back in the coathanger era. I certainly hope that's not the case.

      One thing white liberals have to remember about the black and hipanic base of the party. When you're getting 70-90% support from ANY group of people, they're not all going to be the most educated, forward thinking people that you want them to be. There's going to be at least a few ignorant, authoritarian, religious fundamentalist types in the bunch. It's my guess that this is why Obama isn't more high profile when it comes to things like gay marriage. If the GOP can pick off just a few of these folks we're in deep shit, something Karl Rove has long been aware of.

      Anyway, with crazy over-the-top racism the Teatards are displaying this cycle, I think we're good for 2012. Hispanics will support Dems across the country.

      You can do what you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.

      by Eric Stratton on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 06:52:15 PM PDT

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      •  They will, here's an example of one of their slick (0+ / 0-)

        local operatives, one Lionel Sosa, who's been working for them since the St. Ronny Reagan days.
        If you Bing/Google him you will note that he endorsed Newtie Gingrinch recently (urk, barf), but he'll switch to Herr Perry in a heartbeat when the time comes; and throw his considerable PR skills into the effort.

        If the GOP can pick off just a few of these folks we're in deep shit

        They've been working away for quite awhile, anybody who is thinking that Hispanics are the Democrats' aces-in-the-hole are seriously deluded (hint, hint Markos M.).

        "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

        by Bluefin on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 08:32:13 PM PDT

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        •  Disturbing. (0+ / 0-)

          It's totally anecdotal, but in the 2008 primary we had a bunch of dittoheads crash our party as part of Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos".

          I got to talking with a nice hispanic lady, not telling her I was an actual Democrat and it became clear to me she was there for Chaos. The last thing she said was that she wasn't really crazy about any of the candidates, but she had high hopes for Mike Huckabee in the future.

          That's just one person, but if there's anything like a trend toward that direction, we've got a problem.

          You can do what you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.

          by Eric Stratton on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 10:33:04 PM PDT

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