May 18, 2009

THEY HAVE TO DESTROY THE PARTY TO KEEP IT WHITE:

GOP sounds alarm on Latino voter gap (BEN SMITH, 5/18/09, Politico)

Driven by some Republicans’ sharp attacks on illegal immigration and — as many Hispanics perceived it, immigrants in general — Latino voters fled the GOP en masse in the midterm elections, then turned on John McCain, as well.

He got 31 percent of the Latino vote to the 44 percent that George W. Bush took in 2004, according to exit polls. And it was enough to put much of the West and Southwest out of reach for the Republican Party, to give Florida to the Democrats and to hand Barack Obama the presidency. [...]

“They’re making no overt efforts to appeal to Hispanics again,” said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, whose new book cites the defection of Hispanics from the Republicans as a central cause of Obama’s victory. “They all know it’s a problem. They aren’t talking about it, because they fear the anti-immigration wing of their party.”

“They’re afraid to even mention the word ‘Hispanic,’” he said.

The Republican Party’s difficulty in clawing back to parity with Hispanic voters is illustrated most clearly in Florida, the heartland of Hispanic Republicanism, where its core is an aging, dwindling Cuban émigré base.

There, the GOP’s brightest Hispanic star, Sen. Mel Martinez, is retiring after taking a beating from fellow Republicans during the bitter immigration battles of 2005 and 2006.


Will gay marriage cause blacks to divorce the Democratic Party? (Bill Myers, 5/17/09, Washington Examiner)
A local bishop wants to use black anger over gay marriage to reshape black politics in America.

“[Gay rights advocates] have used race as a litmus test — that if you’re black, you will follow liberal, predominately Democratic, rules of engagement,” Harry Jackson told The Examiner. “I’m saying, ‘Black people, be free.’ ”

Jackson is a District resident and the bishop of a mega-church in Lanham. He’s already inserted himself into the debate in California and Florida and is emerging as a national leader in the rearguard fight against gay marriage. He says the Democratic Party has taken black Americans for granted for too long and that the push for gay marriage is potential grounds for divorce. [...]

“I believe there is a counter-revolution for righteousness that is happening among religious African-Americans, which will spill over to commonsense-thinking African-Americans, who will ask themselves, ‘Why am I going to let any party determine what is best for my community?’ ” he said.


It's easy enough to understand why special interest groups in the Democratic Party are hostile to Latinos (cheap labor, fertility, and social conservative) and blacks, after all, it's the coalition party and has no unifying ideas. Your group and your agenda always threaten to take money and power from mine.

When portions of the Republican Party, the party of ideas, oppose groups that agree with those conservative ideas that are universal across all peoples, it's time to start looking at that portion as a Democrat-style special interest group. In this case, it's just white folk making special racial pleadings. And to the degree that the GOP is just a club for white men it ought to fail.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2009 7:12 AM
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