August 28, 2015

Yay, I Get a Free Vote

I feel, suddenly, like I've got a much freer vote in '16 primaries than I otherwise would have since I don't have to sacrifice my vote on the altar of illegal immigration.

I was always of the impression that because the Republican party is pathetic at attracting minorities that the party would have to nominate someone with a Hispanic background or who otherwise is practically pro-amnesty, pro-open border.

This usually doesn't work that well anyway because voters tend to go for whom they perceive as the real deal rather than the johnny-come-lately. Republicans will never get to the left of Democrats on illegal immigration and so you're arguably never going to win many voters that way.  (African-Americans certainly don't love the Republican Party for nominating Clarence Thomas to the SCOTUS, to put it mildly.)

But when you're in a free fall, as the Republican party is now given demographics, it seems wise to push the panic button.

Or not!  For lo and behold, it seems even Marco Rubio might not win Hispanic votes.

And even more shockingly, Peggy Noonan writes about how Donald Trump may not be blowing smoke about attracting Latino votes:
Something is going on, some tectonic plates are moving in interesting ways. My friend Cesar works the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store. He is Dominican, an immigrant, early 50s, and listens most mornings to a local Hispanic radio station, La Mega, on 97.9 FM. Their morning show is the popular “El Vacilón de la Mañana,” and after the first GOP debate, Cesar told me, they opened the lines to call-ins, asking listeners (mostly Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican) for their impressions. More than half called in to say they were for Mr. Trump. Their praise, Cesar told me a few weeks ago, dumbfounded the hosts. I later spoke to one of them, who identified himself as D.J. New Era. He backed Cesar’s story. “We were very surprised,” at the Trump support, he said. Why? “It’s a Latin-based market!”

“He’s the man,” Cesar said of Mr. Trump. This week I went by and Cesar told me that after Mr. Trump threw Univision’s well-known anchor and immigration activist, Jorge Ramos, out of an Iowa news conference on Tuesday evening, the “El Vacilón” hosts again threw open the phone lines the following morning and were again surprised that the majority of callers backed not Mr. Ramos but Mr. Trump. Cesar, who I should probably note sees me, I sense, as a very nice establishment person who needs to get with the new reality, was delighted.

I said: Cesar, you’re supposed to be offended by Trump, he said Mexico is sending over criminals, he has been unfriendly, you’re an immigrant. Cesar shook his head: No, you have it wrong. Immigrants, he said, don’t like illegal immigration, and they’re with Mr. Trump on anchor babies. “They are coming in from other countries to give birth to take advantage of the system. We are saying that! When you come to this country, you pledge loyalty to the country that opened the doors to help you.”

He added, “We don’t bloc vote anymore.” The idea of a “Latin vote” is “disparate,” which he said generally translates as nonsense, but which he means as “bull----.”

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