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Former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, an advisor to Mitt Romney on Latino outreach, spoke of the need for the GOP to overcome the self-destructive "anti-immigrant" orientation and their focus on  "English as the official language of government," and support the Dream Act for those who serve in the military and gained advanced degrees on Face the Nation, this morning. Gutierrez also said that the GOP  scared the heck out of Hispanics, and suggested that the GOP primaries force Republican presidential candidates to have to move too far to the right to placate party extremists.

"The Hispanics I know were scared of the Republican party," he said on CNN's "State of the Union" in a blunt assessment of Romney's loss. "I think it has to do with our incredibly ridiculous primary process where we force people to say outrageous things, they get nominated, and they have to come back."

Gutierrez worked under former President George W. Bush, who won around 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004 -- over 10 points more than Romney won this year. The Latino vote was a pivotal part of the 2012 election, and it is widely acknowledged that the Republican Party could be forever damaged if it can't win over more Latinos in the future.

He said extremists in the party were fully to blame for Romney's loss, pointing to "the anti-immigration talk, the xenophobes." "It's almost as if we are living in the past," he added.

Almost as if they were living in the past? Bwa, ha, ha. How about "almost as if they are most certainly still living in the past?"  

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) responded by saying the GOP "needs to become more modern but not more moderate to win over more Latino, women and young voters."

Guitierrez kept to his guns insisting that "if we want to be the party of growth and prosperity, we have to be the party of immigration." He recommended that the GOP lead comprehensive immigration reform.

Gary Bauer was not at all pleased by this.  He and other panelist wanted to change only how the GOP talked about policy not their actual policies. Maybe he means the GOP should put happy faces on their "Latinos go back to Mexico brochures and postures?"  

It will be fun to watch how the Republican Party responds to their decisive defeat in the electoral college after a record setting Latino turnout. From seeing how they are starting off, we may not need to worry too much, for quite a while.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:22:44 PM PST

  •  what would "more modern" look like? (4+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Mathazar, Siri, Lujane
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) responded by saying the GOP "needs to become more modern but not more moderate to win over more Latino, women and young voters."

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:30:48 PM PST

    •  Maybe Gary Beuer will get himself a Jimi Hendrix (3+ / 0-)
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      Siri, Lujane, MartyM

      headband?   lol

      Or, in 2016 the GOP will hold its convention at the Future World area  at Disneyland where they still have those plastic 1950s molds of what people then thought spaceship would look like.

      Oh, yes, my understanding is that the second day of the convention is going to have a Taco Buffet for lunch with  happy Latin Americans dressed up in "native costumes."

      The GOP is tired of being left behind.  Hey that could be their new motto, "No Republican left behind!"  I might have hire myself out as a consultant, I'm developing skills!

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:37:07 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The fact that to this day (5+ / 0-)

    they still don't recognize the chilling effect the GOP clamor for "papers please" laws had on Hispanic communities across the country is reflective of the utter lack of self awareness that will do the GOP in.

    It's like they never realized that immigrants and citizens of Hispanic decent felt like targets for harassment that would have to always have proof of citizenship on them to produce on demand. It's like it never dawned on them that people would feel this way and honestly I still don't understand why none of their token Hispanics seemed capable of telling them so.

    "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama -7.88, -6.21

    by Siri on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:31:25 PM PST

  •  Actions speal louder than words ... (3+ / 0-)
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    I think it will be interesting to watch Rep. Governors do their job to see how these things play out.
    NC just elected a Republican Governor and Rep. Assembly (NC House and NC Senate). And they can't wait to implement:
    + Voter ID laws,
    + AZ/AL style immigration laws, ... etc.

    All these measures to slow down the flow of Immigrants in N. Carolina.

    NC will be in the National News in the next 2 years ...

    Don't forget to register to vote here:

    by bepanda on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:53:18 PM PST

  •  I thank the Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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    One thing this election provided was a view into the hateful machine called the GOP.

    Minorities all over this country, AAs, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans finally realized they were all minorities in this together and all targets of the GOP. Once they rallied around the cause, they were unbeatable.

    Not sure how getting Immigration reform helps GOP..when they still want to stop Planned Parenthood, destroy the educational system, deny healthcare and other opportunities for minorities.

    Oh well...have at it.

    GOP: Get on the train or get the hell out of our way. Forward! This is our moment...this is our time! President Barack Obama

    by ankae on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:11:03 PM PST

  •  It's not possible (1+ / 0-)
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    Not in time for 2014 or 2016 anyway.

    The problem is who is driving the candidate nomination bus. (Not to be confused with Mr. Bus)

    The local activists in most GOP enclaves are not interested in moderating in the manner that the GOP Villagers are thinking makes good political "horse sense." Most of those local chairs and activists DO NOT owe their positions to the largess of the mega-funders: they have worked in the trenches for decades with their neighbors and communities. They may be weeded out by continued electoral failure, but it will not be a "quick turnaround."

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:15:54 AM PST

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