In yet another exercise in political suicide, the Republicans seem to be conceding the Hispanic vote to the Dems this election cycle. With the exception of John McCain, all of the Republican candidates are encountering “scheduling” conflicts on the date of the Spanish language Univision debate.
What’s obviously happening is that they don’t want to piss off the xenophobic nativist Right, where “speaking Spanish” equals the collapse of Western civilization. But as Rove has always known, the Latino vote growing in size and influence, and if it becomes a reliable Democratic constituency (like African American and Jewish voters), the GOP is screwed for generations.
So as a partisan Latino Democrat, I say to the GOP — thanks! Your actions speak louder to my community than my words ever would.
I get the strategy of appealing to the “nativist” vote but seriously where else are the “nativists” going to go?