What GOP Should Say To Hispanics: “Vote Like Americans!”

time for Republicans to address Hispanic voters on the
subject of illegal immigration in a new, more respectful
manner than the mutually degrading approach employed during
the Bush-McCain years.

understand why, consider the data from the latest Pew


of Latino voters—along with the amusingly Pavlovian response
of the Main Stream Media.


Republican Brain Trust

has long been petrified by the brand of logic relentlessly
propounded by career Hispanic activists, Democrats, and the

  • If

    Hispanic voters will make up a

    dominant fraction

    of the electorate Real Soon Now

  • And if

    Hispanic voters

    are fanatical backers of more illegal immigration…

  • Then, the GOP

    preemptively surrender

    and put illegal aliens on the road to citizenship and


    (or, at least, never mention opposition to illegal

Curiously, evidence for these two Big Ifs has never been
abundant. For example, while it has proven very difficult
for the GOP to

get Hispanics to vote
, it
has simultaneously proven fairly difficult

for the Democrats to get
them to vote at all.

The headline of the Washington Post`s October 5, 2010 article by Nia-Malika Henderson
and Krissah Thompson accurately sums up the Pew poll:

Latino voters support Democrats but may not vote for them,
poll reports

“There is good news and bad news for
Democrats in a new poll ahead of the 2010 elections –

Latinos support the party,

but about half of those questioned say they might

not show up at the polls

on Nov. 2.”

Actually, the Pew


were even worse for the Democrats than that summary
suggests. Of 1,375 Hispanic adults interviewed, only 44
percent claimed to be registered voters. And only about half
of those said they
were certain to vote.


Republican Latinos,

while rather thin on the ground, are more fired up to vote
in November than are Democratic Latinos. (Similarly,
five-eighths of registered Hispanic voters are
American-born, and native Hispanics are more in the mood to
vote in 2010.)

So the
distinction I`ve been

pointing out



remains valid: mass immigration is

bad for the Republicans in
the long run
there`s still plenty of time to do something about it
without being immediately demolished in reprisal.

Moreover, remember all that stuff you
read about how

Arizona`s SB1070

was going to

doom Republicans

in November by awakening the Sleeping Giant of Hispanic
Racial Wrath?

not for the first time, immigration turns out to be

a less than burning issue
for Hispanic voters
Out of the seven issues the Pew Hispanic Center asked
registered Latinos to rate in personal importance,
immigration came in only fifth, barely ahead of …


Hispanics tend toward apathy over voting and ambivalence
over illegal immigration shouldn`t surprise anybody who has
followed polling and election results in this millennium.
(For example, here`s my October 13, 2002 VDARE.COM


analyzing the Pew Hispanic Center


of eight years ago.)

Yet the
data always come as a shock to reporters because their
sources keep telling them the contrary.

For example, Henderson and Thompson`s Washington Post
article is a typical case of Rolodex Reporting on Autopilot.
They begin their article with the actual news from the Pew
poll about the 2010 decline in Hispanic electoral
significance. Then they transition blithely to

Hispanic leaders

repeating the same old unchallenged talking points about how
important they are:

“`We are getting to the point in
American politics where, in all 50 states, the Latino vote
is a determining factor, especially in close races,` said
Fernand Amandi,

a managing partner in Bendixen & Amandi, a

Miami-based strategy firm


“`There is a lot of enthusiasm, but
also anger over immigration that has carried over from


to California,` said

Arturo Vargas,

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executive director of

National Association of
Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
. `Voters are upset
that people are exploiting the issue of immigration without
resolving it.`”


“`Historically in Colorado the Latino
demographic has become a real powerhouse when it comes to

[voter] mobilization,` said
Maria Teresa Kumar, [
executive director of

Voto Latino

time around, the Pew Hispanic Center didn`t bother asking
Hispanic voters whether they were for or against mass
immigration. But when Pew inquired back in

the results were highly illuminating.

Of course, how questions are phrased
greatly affects the responses. The first chart on p. 38 of
the 2002 report showed the opinion of Latino registered
voters about the number of immigrants in the U.S. today. No
less than 48 percent felt there were too
many immigrants—versus only seven percent who said there were too

When you
think about it from the point of view of the typical
American-born or naturalized Latino, this reality—that
Hispanic voters generally lean toward immigration
restriction—is hardly surprising.

Is the
vast influx of recent immigrants making life better for the
average Latino and his family?

Definitely better—if he`s a Hispanic politician or activist.
Maybe— if he`s, say, a bilingual foreman managing a

crew of illegal aliens.

But absolutely not
if he`s a worker. Massive numbers of immigrants pounding
down his wages and driving up his cost of living aren`t
doing his or

his kids
standard of living much good.

The second chart, however, showed the
effect of reminding Hispanic voters that, in modern day
America, they, being a minority, are
supposed to be

about Latin American immigrants who come to

work in the United States, percent
who think that the U.S. should…”

When prodded to think about Latin Americans, the “Allow
figure jumped to 36 percent, while the “Reduce
the number”
share fell to 21 percent. (Of course, even
that was still not up to the level of extremism on
immigration that the MSM demands from Hispanic voters.

The MSM has assiduously attempted to cultivate ethnic anger
among Hispanics. Thus on October 6, 2010,

the Washington Post“s
Thompson was back in with a follow-up to her Pew summary,

Will Arizona`s immigration
law motivate Latino voters?

sympathetically pounded the drums for her contacts` attempts
to promote racial rage:

“Groups that have been working to
increase turnout among Hispanic voters are pondering this
question: Are they mad enough? Polls

predict low turnout

among Latinos in November, but Hispanic civil rights and
civic participation organizations are hoping outrage over
`anti-immigrant` rhetoric and the uptick in laws targeting
illegal immigrants will counter apathy in the electorate.”

how she implicitly condemns anger among immigration
restrictionists but approves of it among immigration
enthusiasts? That`s becoming the MSM template.

Another case: In the Senate race in Nevada, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid should have a cakewalk because he brings
home billions in

Yet having bet that rewarding illegal aliens with his failed


would pay off with support from legal Hispanics, Reid is
currently sweating.

Turnout of Hispanics at Issue:
Democrats hope level
of participation equals election two years ago

reported Laura Myers of the
Las Vegas
on October 7, 2010:

“Hispanics, who make
up 26 percent of the Nevada population and 12 percent of its
1 million registered voters, could make the difference
between the four-term senator`s victory or defeat on Nov. 2.
`We got our job cut out for us,` acknowledged Fernando
Romero, a Democrat and leader of Hispanics in Politics …”

contrast, Republican outsider Sharron Angle has driven
Washington wild with anger by running TV spots pointing out
Reid`s pandering to illegal aliens. Of course, it`s unwise
to count out Washington`s ultimate insider, but Angle seems
currently to be ahead by



4 points
Politico has just reported (October 8)

Sharron Angle surge
unnerving Nevada Democrats

—perhaps because, crazy as it may sound, it`s actually a
smarter political strategy to appeal to voters than to

Ask Cruz
wherever he is now.

This doesn`t mean that the MSM`s long campaign to elicit
Hispanic racial anger will never pay off. In

Latin America,

talented demagogues such

as Hugo Chavez

of Venezuela do periodically appear.

And, needless to say, it`s not clear that the MSM actually
would like what it
has tried so hard to conjure up. Judging from the hilarious
Rick Sanchez

in which the blowhard CNN anchorman

from Cuba

was instantly fired after scoffing at the suggestion that
Jews are an oppressed minority
“as much as you are”,
press elites haven`t fully thought through this whole
Hispanic victimism ideology.

conclusion: After a

Bush-blighted decade,

it`s time for Republican candidates to address Hispanic
voters directly over illegal immigration.

As a
general rule, human beings respond more constructively to
being challenged than to being pandered to. Hence, GOP
candidates should forthrightly ask for the support of
Hispanic voters in opposing illegal immigration.

“My Democrat opponent expects you to vote for him because he
assumes that on the issue of illegal immigration, you vote



or so forth. In contrast, I expect you to vote as patriotic
American citizens because more illegal immigration is bad
for American citizens. As President Kennedy said: `And so,
my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for
you—ask what you can do for your country.`”

this work? Would appealing to Hispanic voters as

patriotic Americans

rather than as entitled ethnics convert some to voting

Maybe—maybe not.

how could it be worse than the

Rove rout?

More importantly, a straightforward appeal
to Hispanic patriotism would subvert the MSM`s dominant
trope that being against illegal immigration is somehow

Instead, shame the

illegal immigration
daring the patriots among their putative followers to join
the overwhelming majority of their fellow Americans.

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