November 12, 2008

AND HERE'S WHAT DAVID BROOKS DOESN'T GET...:

GOP must tone down rhetoric to woo Latinos (GEBE MARTINEZ, 11/12/08, Politico)

As one who had worked for the 2000 and 2004 campaigns of George W. Bush, and the 2002 reelection of Bush’s brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, [Hispanic media consultant Frank] Guerra feared Republicans’ harsh rhetoric on immigration would cost them the Hispanic support that was critical to the Bush victories. Bush adviser Karl Rove and 2008 Republican nominee John McCain were at the forefront of that argument but were a minority inside the GOP.

Of course, Guerra — McCain’s Hispanic media adviser this year — was proved right on Election Day.

While the economy was the top concern of Latino voters, the immigration hardliners’ rhetoric motivated them to get involved in the election.

The nativist, anti-immigrant attitudes chilled even Latino citizens who support border enforcement, Guerra observed, and Hispanics voted against McCain, a longtime friend of Latinos.

Unless Republicans change their tone and help fix the immigration system before the next presidential election, their downhill slide with Latinos will “not even be for the foreseeable future but for good,” Guerra said.

The reality, he added, is that the Hispanic electorate is growing and changing the political battleground. “And I’ll tell you, there are a lot in the Republican Party who don’t want to hear that, and there are a lot in the Republican Party who don’t want to accept that,” he said.


...the "Traditionalists" don't want to accept it for ethnic reasons and the "Reformists" don't want to accept it for religious reasons.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 12, 2008 10:48 AM
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