Skip to main content

Behold the newest Twitter handle from the House Republican Conference:

Bienvenidos a la pá¡gina oficial de Twitter de la Conferencia Republicana de la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos.
@GOPespanol via web
That tweet announced the launch of the House Republican Conference's new Spanish-language Twitter feed. It was posted at around 10:48 AM ET on Monday morning and more than five hours later, at 4:30 PM ET, it had gathered a grand total of ... 31 followers. (Full disclosure: I am one of those 30 followers. Presumably, our numbers will grow, but yikes. 31 in five hours? C'mon!)

Also as of 4:30 PM ET, not a single elected House Republican was following the feed. Moreover, the GOP Conference itself which has more than 40,000 followers, hadn't sent out a single Tweet letting the world know about their new Spanish-language communications tool, nor had any other member of House Republican leadership.

Compare the near complete silence from Republicans about their new outreach effort to their all-hands-on-deck effort from last week to promote #Obamaquester on Twitter. You couldn't fire up Twitter on Friday without seeing someone say something about that—because, unlike Latino outreach, that was something House Republicans cared about.

If you figured that the explanation for the GOP going slowly on their new outreach effort had something to do with anti-Latino elected officials like Rep. Steve King (R-IA), then you're right. National Journal reports King has led the attack on the effort from within the House GOP conference, and while the Twitter account was nonetheless allowed to go forward, Republicans decided to delay promoting it to mollify their party's nativists.

Bottom line: If a party's idea of Latino outreach involves staying silent about the fact they are reaching out to Latinos, then the party in question is the Grand Old Party.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:34 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site