February 5, 2008


Issues start rush to citizenship by Hispanics (Julia Preston, February 5, 2008, IHT)

Last week's primary in Florida, the first state with a big Hispanic population to vote, gave a demonstration of their potential clout. Hispanic voters, who were 12 percent of those voting — a strong turnout for a primary — handed the decisive edge in the Republican contest to Senator John McCain of Arizona over Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, according to exit polls by Edison/Mitofsky.

The two candidates were essentially even among white voters, with 33 percent for McCain and 34 percent for Romney. But Latino voters, including Cuban-Americans and others, favored McCain by 54 percent to 14 percent for Romney. ( McCain is known among Latinos for backing an immigration bill offering legal status to illegal immigrants that was defeated last year by conservatives from his party.)

On the Democratic side, Hispanics also contributed to the 16-point victory in Florida of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York over Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, with 59 percent of Latinos voting for her and 30 percent voting for him.

Hispanics regard voting this year as a strategy of self-defense, said Sergio Bendixen, a pollster based in Miami. For many of them, Bendixen said, "the immigration debate has not been about immigration policy; it has been about whether Hispanics belong in America."

...they grabbed the narrow end of the wedge. The next president might even more in favor of open borders than Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were, though that's a pretty high bar to clear.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 5, 2008 9:14 AM

I like all the comments about "staying home" if McCain is the nominee, to "teach the GOP a lesson."

So lets think this out. If the Republicans nominate someone if favor of open borders, then conservatives should help that person lose in order to elect someone who favors open borders.

The lesson to be learned then is that favoring open borders is a losing issue? It is sure going to look like a winning one, since the winner will have supported it.

Posted by: Brandon at February 5, 2008 10:42 AM

Well, don't forget that these are the guys who handed Congress to the Democrats in order to "teach them a lesson."
Cutting off you nose to spite your face has never seemed more apt.

Posted by: Bryan at February 5, 2008 11:27 AM

Republicans, especially self-identified conservatives, turned out at a rate on par with other congressional elections in the 6th year of an incumbent President. The election was a referendum on Bush's handling of the Iraqi war and it was not conservatives of any stripe that abandoned him. Immigration turned out to be a non-issue, and was swamped by the Iraqi war.

Look to "liberal/moderate" Republicans as the true culprit.

Posted by: h-man at February 5, 2008 12:44 PM