Remember When The GOP Actually Courted Latinos?

By DrVMDS on September 4, 2015

This piece originally appeared on TPM.com

It was a surprise to no one that Mitt Romney received just 27 percent of the Latino vote in the 2012 election. The hallmark of Romney’s immigration solution was “self-deportation,” and Latinos were not too keen on that strategy.

Today Romney’s idea sounds downright quaint in comparison to Donald Trump’s proposed immigration reform. Under a Trump administration all undocumented persons would be deported, no exceptions. And Trump has not been shy about adding insult to policy injury. Most recently, a 2015 Latino version of the Willie Horton ad was released, portraying Latino immigrants as criminal dregs.

At the end of August Washington Post-ABC News poll found that more than 80 percent of Latinos have a negative view of Donald Trump. Trump has been anything if not consistent in his bashing of Mexican immigrants, and many of the other GOP candidates have fallen all over themselves trying to match him. So the 82 percent disapproval rate should be viewed as the ceiling—single-digit support for Trump or any other Republican candidate among Latinos will not be surprising.

But how did this happen? Not too long ago was the serious prospect of the GOP matching Democrats in Latino outreach. In the 2000 presidential election, the RNC outspent the DNC in Latino outreach by three to one and in 2004 Republican President George W. Bush received 44 percent of the Latino vote. Continue Reading

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Will Trump be 2016′s Prop 187 for Latino Voters

By DrVMDS on August 25, 2015

This piece originally appeared on NBCnews.com

Donald Trump has put forward a cocktail of anti-immigrant vitriol and policy that has mobilized conservative segments of the Republican Party.

What started with name-calling – Mexican immigrants as rapists, criminals, disease carriers, and most recently “anchor babies”- has evolved into an immigration plan that would deport all undocumented persons and rescind birthright citizenship.

Many Latinos have harshly criticized and even mobilized in one way or another against Trump. But will it mobilize Latinos on the ballot box?    Continue Reading

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Neither Hillary nor Jeb will be first Latino President

By DrVMDS on June 22, 2015

This post originally appeared on NBCnews.com

AUSTIN, TX — Bill Clinton was referred to as the first Black president – until President Barack Obama was elected.

Conventional wisdom has pretty much guaranteed us that we will see the first Latino President with Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush as the 2016 front-runners.

But as with many things, conventional wisdom is often wrong.

The idea of Hillary Clinton as the first Latina president arose in 2008 when she dominated the Latino vote in the primaries. In California and Texas – the states which account for half of the country’s Latinos – Clinton trounced Obama, receiving more than twice as many Latino votes.

Writer and Latino public intellectual Richard Rodriguez has made referenceto Hillary Clinton as the first Latina in chief pointing to her electoral heft in 2008. Add to that some polling numbers and it’s not hard to see why some see Clinton as one of the familia. In a 2013 poll Latino Decisions found that Hillary Clinton’s favorability among likely Hispanic voters was 73 percent. And in a head-to-head match up with Marco Rubio, Clinton would beat him 66 to 23 percent among Latinos.

Beyond the poll numbers, some could argue Hillary Clinton is Latina by association. Her political operation is Latina driven, with Amanda Renteria at the helm as her National Political Director. And while their parting was not so sweet, Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager was also Latina, Patti Solis Doyle.

On some economic and foreign policy issues, Hillary and the Democrats have the advantage among Latinos, as Pew Research shows. But most importantly, on immigration, which has become a political litmus test in showing solidarity with the Hispanic community, Hillary Clinton is as Latina as they come.

But then there’s Jeb. Continue Reading

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