“While white voters in California still lean conservative and will support Republican candidates, ethnic voters are overwhelmingly Democrats or independents who sympathize with that party. If Republicans can no longer count on large numbers of those voters to stay home on election day, the party is going to have to appeal to them — or risk permanent irrelevance,” according to Daniel Weintraub in a column published today.
Weintraub makes some great points – including the fact that the GOP’s continued lame strategy of trying to appeal to Latino voters with a socially conservative message is a complete failure. Here’s what the Republicans missed while they were spending the last few years hating immigrants and accusing them of being here to use welfare – their kids are assimilating, quickly. And the bad news for the GOP is that the younger Latino voters are not remotely conservative, in any way.
Sure, you will find a few exceptions to that rule but here in Santa Ana I saw this firsthand this year as Santa Ana Council Member David Benavides tried to unseat Mayor Miguel Pulido. Both Benavides and Pulido are Democrats but Benavides focused on younger voters while Pulido went on to victory by appealing to older voters. It worked this time for Pulido but I saw the groundswell, at many campaign and community events. The youngsters are liberals, period.
The Republicans appear to be crafting a strategy to appeal to Latinos now via immigration reform but that ship has sailed too. Latino voters know that the GOP has spent the last decade hating them. And the Minutemen and Tea Party activists are mostly Republicans.
But the Republicans didn’t just ignore Latino voters – they scorned and mocked them and now that bill is coming due as they have lost younger Latinos for several generations.
Is there hope for the GOP? Only if they stop being knuckle dragging immigrant-bashing social conservatives. They need to go Libertarian and stop opposing homosexuals and all minorities. I don’t know that the Republicans are capable of this. Too many of them are just crazed haters, period.
Just look at the GOP nuts who ran for office in Santa Ana this year – Thomas Gordon, George Collins, Lupe Moreno, and Charles Hart. All of them have made comments that could be construed as being anti immigrant and against the poor. They all lost of course. The only Republicans who won in our city were Ceci Iglesias and Rob Richardson and they ran for the SAUSD School Board against union backed Democrats whose tax increase message didn’t sell to the older voters who still dominate Santa Ana’s elections.
I speak with some authority here as I was a Republican most of my life. I was the first Hispanic Outreach Director for the Republican Party of Orange County. I was there Volunteer of the Year in 1997. And I will never again be a Republican. I found a party that reflects my ideals – the Libertarian Party.
I agree with the Democrats on most social issues but cannot stomach their tax-increasing money-wasting ways. And at least here in Orange County they are still dominated by white leaders that in many cases hate Latinos just as much as their red counterparts too.
Latino voters would be better off registering as third party members or as Decline to State voters than to believe the Democrats or the Republicans. President Obama doubled deportations and he certainly did not deserve our votes in 2012.
The national trends indicate that 51% of Latino voters are indeed registered as independent voters, according to CNN. You see – we know better! And if Obama doesn’t solve the immigration crisis than in 2014 the Democrats are going to have a hard time fooling our voters again.
As for the GOP, I don’t hold out much hope for them. They feathered their bed and now they have to lie in it. And they didn’t just lose Latinos in 2012. They lost women voters and Asian voters too. The Republican Party is on life support and they have only themselves to blame.