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  •  They'll need more than "outreach" . . . (3+ / 0-)
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    kyril, quetzal, wasatch

    I don't think the Republicans are going to get very far with this half-hearted "outreach" to Latino voters. While every post-mortem that I've read from pundits on the right acknowledges the Republicans' Latino problem, scant few dare suggest that some policy change or reconsideration of ideological principles may be in order.

    No, the consensus seems to be that they can just shut up already about the border fence & "self-deportation", & maybe slap a Hispanic in the VP slot in 2016, & then this problem will be solved, or at least enough of a dent made in the numbers to get them to 50% + 1 on election day.

    But here's why I don't think it's going to work. The Republicans seem to think that they can base their appeal to Latino voters on their strident social conservatism. Also, now that they're trying to make nice, they've suddenly taken to viewing the immigrants they once scorned as Randian strivers who feel morally superior to all the "moochers" around them. Thus, the thinking goes, Latinos must share their scorn for health care reform, the social safety net & labor unions.

    On both counts I suspect they are quite mistaken. Even assuming for the sake of argument that a majority of Latinos are opposed to abortion, I've not seen much evidence to suggest that many of them are moved to be single-issue voters by it. And Latino support for Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, etc. & for unions is stronger than in the American public at large. So I don't see how very many Latinos would support a party that is ruthlessly, incessantly opposed to all those things.

    •  Maybe they feel they only need a portion of the (2+ / 0-)
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      kyril, wasatch

      Latino vote. Just not be so racist about, just attract 5% more or something like that.
      Maybe we are expecting too much from a group that really hates stuff like "diversity".  

      •  Absolutely. Whites will dominate in the (0+ / 0-)

        Republican party, however, courting the Latino vote will result in the "Browning" of the Republican Party.

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