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  •  Of course I totally support and laud this (9+ / 0-)

    registration and gotv initiative, but we know that it's going to be a battle royale with Republicans and all their allies, not that far behind the money, propaganda, and intimidation for a presidential election.  I would hope that for once both the party leadership and at least the majority of big donors become actively involved as well as the rank and file and all important feet on the ground volunteers.

    While the electoral votes are the first and sufficiently pragmatic reason to launch a major assault on the neoconservative/neoliberal/fundamentalist/white supremacy alliances, the moral victory would have an enormous impact on the nation and I think both the survival and moral righteous need to be hit hard, hard, hard.

    I would think that as large a reason as any, if not the largest, for lack of hispanic voting is simply fear, sometimes specific, but perhaps even a more generalized one of not wanting to be noticed politically.  If that is a powerful mindset, then it has to be overcome first, imo, before significant increases occur.

    "It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May! Those dreary vows that ev'ryone makes, Ev'ryone breaks. Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May!" - Lerner and Lowe

    by blueoasis on Thu May 16, 2013 at 04:55:59 PM PDT

    •  I think you're spot on: (6+ / 0-)
      a more generalized one of not wanting to be noticed politically.
      This idea of trying to stay under the radar is very deeply ingrained in that community, IMO.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Thu May 16, 2013 at 04:59:14 PM PDT

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    •  Immigrants alas (2+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge, blueoasis

      Participation among Tejanos -- Spanish-speakers born in Texas -- is probably much better than among immigrants from Mexico.

      Until recent years all elections in Mexico were fixed. The ruling party ran a one-party state, more or less a dictatorship, for more than 50 years. Hard to develop a proud tradition of voting out of that situation.

      In my hometown, the Latinos involved in politics are almost always from families long in Texas, and they express despair about the lack of support they get from newbies.

      Always exception to a rule. Former Cong. Ciro Rodriguez, who some will remember, was born in a border town, on the other side of the border.

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