July 13, 2010

THE CRACKERS COME A'COURTIN':

Meg Whitman’s successful courtship of Latino voters (Aaron Guerrero, 07/13/2010, Daily Caller)

When president Bush captured 40 percent of the their vote en route to his reelection in 2004, GOP strategists salivated over the prospect of having a legitimate chance to compete for an up-and-coming voting bloc for years to come, proving that the Republican Party and its agenda could attract minority voters in significant numbers and percentages.

But the tumultuous debate over immigration the past few years has left the once promising relationship between the GOP and the emerging constituency in tatters. [...]

[I]f Republicans are looking for a long-term blueprint for how they can woo Latino voters again, they may have to look no further than the California gubernatorial campaign of Meg Whitman.

Since the conclusion of a contentious Republican primary in June, where she reluctantly had to tack to the right on immigration, the former eBay CEO has engaged in a full-court press of Latino voters.

Her efforts are paying dividends and she may well prove to be a future case study for how the GOP can navigate the rough terrain of the immigration debate.

According to a July Field poll, Whitman now trails Democrat and former two-term governor Jerry Brown by 11 points among Latinos, cutting what was once a nearly a 30 point deficit back in March; the overall race is essentially tied.


The proper strategy is to loudly denounce amnesty but embrace amnistia.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2010 11:35 AM
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