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This may not be fodder for an entire diary, but the question gnaws at me this morning. Let's start with this graphic from Hispanicvoters2012.com:
The growth of the Hispanic population has been the catalyst for countless articles written to lay claim the mass shift in electoral demographics works in favor of Democrats. Conventional DKos wisdom says this turns even Texas blue as soon potentially as 2020.
Now look at these images over the bump from the Guardian today:
Sure President Morales is smiling and waving, but he's doing it in the shadow of Austrian security vehicles.
Imagine being Hispanic in America and reading the caption under the above image. In fact, we don't have to imagine, here's a comment from social liberal today:
At a time when we desperately need every single Hispanic vote, actions like the one taken today that put a Hispanic president's life at risk -- and plays into the decades old U.S. imperialist disrespect of Latin America meme -- surely reflects very poor political calculus. What are your thoughts?