Republicans Contemplate Life Without Texas

1 comment November 10th, 2008at 06:32pm Posted by Eli

Well, at least some Republicans remember that there’s an awful lot of Latino voters in Texas and the Southwest…

Earlier today on Meet the Press Tom Brokaw cited NDN in asking Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) whether the weak showing of the Republicans these last few years with Hispanics was endangering their Party’s ability to be a majority in the 21st century. The transcript:

MR. BROKAW: …. Jill Lawrence wrote in USA TODAY: “`If the Republicans don’t make their peace with Hispanic voters, they’re not going to win presidential elections anymore. The math just isn’t there.'” That’s according to Simon Rosenberg, head of the NDN, a Democratic group that studies Hispanic voters.” How do you get back to the Hispanics?

SEN. MARTINEZ: Governor Jeb Bush–former Governor Jeb Bush last week made a comment that if Republicans don’t figure it out and do the math that we’re going to be relegated to minority status. I’ve been preaching this for a long time to my colleagues within my party. I think that the very divisive rhetoric of the immigration debate set a very bad tone for our brand as Republicans. The fact of the matter is I think in Florida there was not a great ideological shift, but I think there was plenty of room for improvement in how that state was looked upon.

The fact of the matter is that Hispanics are going to be a more and more vibrant part of the electorate, and the Republican Party had better figure out how to talk to them. We had a very dramatic shift between what President Bush was able to do with Hispanic voters, where he won 44 percent of them, and what happened to Senator McCain. Senator McCain did not deserve what he got. He was one of those that valiantly fought, fought for immigration reform, but there were voices within our party, frankly, which if they continue with that kind of rhetoric, anti-Hispanic rhetoric, that so much of it was heard, we’re going to be relegated to minority status. (bold added).

For three years now NDN has argued that the way the Republicans had handled the immigration issue – by demonizing Hispanics – was one of the biggest political mistakes made by a political party in the last 50 years of American politics.  As Peter Wallsten writes in the LA Times today, this failure with Hispanics may have cost them 4 prominent states in this election, but may cost them Arizona and Texas in the coming years.  If that comes about it is game over, lights out for the GOP in the Electoral College for a very long time.

If the Republicans lose Texas, they might as well go home.  Game over.  But I don’t think they can let go of their hate, not even to save their own pasty white skins.

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Racism,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. elmo  |  November 10th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Baby steps bro, just give us a little time…


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