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  •  The analysis is shallow and not particularly... (3+ / 0-)
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    guinea, naus, brn2bwild

    indicative of anything but a growing portion of the population being "Latino" a Republican  classification  started by the Reagan White House political shop. There is no such thing as a "Latino", there are people of various cultural and national identities from all of the nations brutally colonized by Europeans in the Americas and the Caribbean.

    People from the "Latino" cultures vote just like everyone else and to suppose this demographic portends a Democratic renaissance is wishful thinking. The Cuban vote is almost solidly Republican in Florida to this day, as the Haitian vote is almost solidly Democratic. They are both considered "Latino" but are as far apart on the political scale as could be...

    People vote for many reasons and making generalizations on a racial demographic that is neither homogenous nor particularly self-identifying as "Democratic" is dangerous.

    What might help Democrats is to recognize and understand the needs and aspirations of the different peoples within this "Latino" demographic, which by the way aren 't that different than any other demographic's, and tailor some effective policies to deal with employment, housing, education, economic fairness and peace, then implement those policies. Then the Democratic Party might not have to pin its hopes on one group rising to prominence demographically because it would have broad based support throughout the voting population. Just a thought...

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 06:55:39 PM PDT

    •  That was largely the Castro Generation. Things (0+ / 0-)

      are  changing:

      The drop in the Cuban vote matched the predictions of several pre-election polls, which suggested that Cubans arriving after 1980 are distinctly more liberal than those who arrived before. This means that as first-generation exiles die off, the relative trend among Cuban-American voters could head away from the GOP.
      this article is from 2005, so the change will be more pronounced now.
      “Cubans are Republicans because Democrats dropped the ball,” says Rafael Bejar, a Cuban-American Republican political consultant in Miami. “With President Kennedy there was an opportunity to take out Castro and they dropped the ball–and it wasn’t just dropping the ball, it was a betrayal.” If things had gone differently, Bejar says, Cubans would be split more evenly between the two parties. “Cubans on social policy are actually pretty progressive,” he says. “Where they are hard-liners is on foreign policy, and their foreign policy is completely dictated by their personal experience with what happened in Cuba.”

      The Cuban population wasn't ideologically conservative by choice necessarily, so as time passes the prospects of higher numbers Cuban Democrats is more than likely it seems.

      •  I understand that they have dropped from... (2+ / 0-)
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        90% to 70% in registration and preference-still a strong majority for Republicans, it was mainly the Cuban community that forced out the "Latino" mayor of Miami last week. This is not my main point though, my main point is that you have to give people something other than lip service to get their vote, immigration reform is only one issue of concern to the "Latino" community and they are not a monolithic community. The analysis is faulty in its underlying assumption, which is that all "Latino" voters will overwhelmongly vote for Democratic Party candidates because we don't dismiss or victimize them, that's just an unwarranted assumption based on dualistic thinking that's not reflected in the "Latino" community.

        The decision is not immigration reform or Republicans, that's a very simplistic and dangerous way to think about the "Latino" vote. Give them good reasons to vote for Democrats and they will, play games and they may not...

        "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

        by KJG52 on Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 09:34:01 PM PDT

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        •  I don't disagree.The Latino community is much (0+ / 0-)

          more diverse than just a monolithic voting block to be handled with single issues, although I wouldn't down play the importance of immigration reforms. I've worked with cash only workman & women and this is one issue that never leaves their awareness. Not that you are down playing it.

          my main point is that you have to give people something other than lip service to get their vote, immigration reform is only one issue of concern to the "Latino" community and they are not a monolithic community.
          - Yes

          Although: 70% Republican voting within the Cuban community sounds high.

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