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According to exit polls, the President won Latinos with a blockbuster 73% of the vote.  Every month, approximately 50,000 American-born Latinos turn 18, which means by 2016, there will be 2.4 million new potential Latino voters across the country.  George W. Bush saw the writing on the wall 8 years ago when he fought for a 40% share of the Latino vote during his reelection campaign.  Remarkably, however, Republicans decided to forget the lessons of 2004 this year, and returned to using Latinos as a punch line during their primary debates.

Indeed, after the election conservatives continue to refuse to acknowledge the Republican Party’s Latino problem.  Redstate’s Daniel Horowitz, in his post election analysis, evidences this refusal.  He scoffs at moderating the party to address the “demographics” i.e., the Latino problem.  This is a staggering assumption--to conclude that Latinos are only moderates and liberals and therefore a waste of time to an ideologically pure party.  This type of analysis is useful insofar as it frees the right-wing from introspection after a big defeat in lieu of asking what they can do to be competitive with Latinos.  This type of analysis, however, is also a recipe for continued Republican failure.

There are plenty of conservative, Catholic, Latinos who would be “low hanging fruit” for Republicans.  Many Latinos agree with low taxes, gun rights, “family values,” and are against abortion.  But instead of talking to these voters as W did, the 2012 batch of Republican misfits took turns talking about how they would keep out Mexicans, culminating with Herman Cain’s infamous claim that he would install an electrified border fence.  Romney, for his part, called for “self deportation,” routinely referred to Latinos as “illegals,” and made no meaningful attempt to attract Latino voters after he won the nomination.  

I have never seen a party so willing to insult, badger, and degrade potential voters as the 2012 Republican Party.  Republicans have forgotten the simple notion that you have to be nice to voters you want to win over. No matter how conservative some Latino voters may be, they will never vote for a party that routinely dehumanizes them, uses them as a punch line to solidify support amongst conservative whites, and refuses to make any effort to change that narrative.  

The problem for the Republican Party is not conservative ideology, the problem is instead that the Republicans have allowed a cadre of incendiary tea party candidates and pundits to control their message, and spread a message of hate and factionalism.  The election last night was a repudiation of these recalcitrant bullies who have spent the last several years attacking and stereotyping entire swaths of the electorate.  Allen West’s defeat and Michele Bachmann’s near defeat are only further evidence of the failure of the hate.  

In listening to Rush this morning and talking to some conservative friends, it appears the Republicans will refuse to change their path.  It is laughable that they do not see this relatively simple problem.  In a larger sense, the refusal of Republicans to address this issue is a sad robbery of meaningful choice for Latino voters in this country.  On the other hand, as a progressive, the continued refusal of Republicans to live in reality is just fine by me.

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Comment Preferences

  •  GOP base don't like brown people (1+ / 0-)
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    When they tried to shout down a Latina businesswoman asked to speak at their convention, they proved it.

  •  It is not just the Latino Population... (0+ / 0-)

    The Asian American and the Indian American population has also been on the rise. the Asian American population is the fastest growing segment in the last decade and has supported the Democratic party by a 67% margin. The same holds true for the Indian American population. I do not see the repugs ever courting this section of the population. We do have a bigger tent.

    I'd rather have liberty with NO security, than security with no liberty..

    by Denversk on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:53:29 AM PST

  •  Tea party fade in House? (0+ / 0-)

    With several Tea Party freshmen out this election, will that reduce their influence within the House Republican caucus? As you say, these incendiary legislators have been controlling the Republican message and policy in the House. Boehner has chosen to get behind things that even he must find ridiculous.

    How much will the "destroy government" part of the legislative agenda be tempered, allowing at least the most essential legislation to be passed to keep the country running?

    The number and seniority of Tea Partiers in the House was small for the influence they've had. I can see the loss of West, Hayworth, Walsh, Schilling etc as increasing the tempering influence of the plain conservatives in the party.

  •  The GOP big tent is filled with fundie preachers (0+ / 0-)
  •  Conservatives don't "change their path". (0+ / 0-)

    If they did, it wouldn't be conservative.  Conservatives remain where they are, while new paths are built that bypass them, and the noise from the traffic on that new path eventually drowns them out.

  •  I doubt they will change (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, just take a gander on over at the blaze or redstate, I see literally heads spinning and goo shooting out their mouths.

    Its Rove's meltdown in print form

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:23:38 AM PST

  •  "Demographics" is a bigger problem than just (0+ / 0-)

    the Latino vote.

    Look at the youth vote, the gender gap, the rising influence of Asian Americans and APIA's.  

    If this election proved anything it is that white males, while still a demographic force to be reckoned with in this country, are no longer enough to win a national election.

    Barack Obama for President

    by looty on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:37:02 AM PST

  •  They will not change they will fade away (0+ / 0-)

    more of the party will leave. the Democrats and the Independents out number them already. I don't really see one side throwing the other side out of the party, but what will happen another election will allow one side (Big Business) or the other side (Religious Right) to support someone outside the party. depending on that outcome the party will go on or the new one will.

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