Latino Alienation: Ditching Tancredo Won’t Save The GOP


An excellent story in today's Durango Herald from reporter Dale Rodebaugh, writing about a new report on the growing power of Latino voters nationally and in Colorado:

A fast-growing Hispanic population will have increasing importance in Colorado and national elections, statistics from a new report show.

The votes are there for either major party, but Republicans appear to be turning their back on Latinos, three commentators said during a call-in Wednesday regarding the survey prepared by America’s Voice and Latino Decisions.

The panelists were prominent Democrat Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado and secretary of the Interior; Gabriel Sanchez, director of research at Latino Decisions and professor of political science at the University of New Mexico; and Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota…

“Both Ways” Bob Beauprez (right).

​In the days since Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob "Mexican Time" Beauprez defeated primary challenger Tom Tancredo, local press and political pundits have been quick to declare that the GOP "dodged a bullet" by avoiding a candidate for governor who would have fundamentally repelled Latino voters. Unfortunately for Republicans, given Beauprez's record and the continued push rightward away from engagement with Latinos by the GOP as a whole–whether they like it or not, as Eric Cantor can tell you–we can't say the party's prospects for engaging this rapidly-growing segment of the electorate are really any better today.

Salazar said Republicans running for office this year are on the wrong side of issues. He cited immigration reform, health care and minimum wage.

In choosing a candidate to run against Gov. John Hickenlooper in November, Salazar said, the Republican choice of Bob Beauprez was a mistake.

“Beauprez is equal to Tom Tancredo,” Salazar said. “His views are too extreme.” [Pols emphasis]

Republicans are writing off the Latino vote, Salazar said.

Although immigration is an important natural focus for many Latino voters, it's silly to stereotype Latinos as voters who only care about that one issue. The GOP's dogmatic opposition to health care reform, opposition to raising the minimum wage, and overall perception as a party that doesn't care about the lives of working class citizens–all of these work against the GOP when trying to win over Latino voters. In addition to grandstanding against immigrants to attack Democratic opponent Bill Ritter in his last gubernatorial campaign, Beauprez's lurch rightward to pander to the Tea Party in recent years leaves him vulnerable on all of these issues and more.

Also, Latinos really hate the "birther" stuff, so Beauprez should probably have not gone there either.

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  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    I had forgotten all about the ICE database scandal and Beauprez's disgusting anti-immigrant ads from 2006.

    What a douche.

  2. ModeratusModeratus says:

    False propaganda. Latinos are natural conservatives.

  3. ModeratusModeratus says:

    The myth that Reid and Obama both seek consciously to perpetrate and perpetuate is of the poor, downtrodden Hispanic, his hands wrinkled with care and toil, his shoulders bent to the ground, awaiting the upward tug of a Democratic hand. In the end, Senator Reid procured 63 percent of the Nevada Hispanic vote — enough to dispose narrowly of an erratic Republican opponent, Sharron Angle. Yet, irony of ironies, Reid's son Rory, running for governor, lost to Brian Sandoval, who, with nearly two-thirds white support, became one of three conservative Republican Hispanics elected in high-profile races last year. The other two: Marco Rubio in Florida and Susana Martinez in New Mexico. Meantime, Idaho, Texas, Florida, and Washington sent to the U.S. House a total of five new Hispanics who also happen to be conservative.

    The outlook for Hispanic embrace of conservative ideas and candidates seems brighter than ever before — in part because relatively few Anglos have troubled to look behind the stereotype of the smoldering-eyed Latino labor agitator; partly because there once seemed better payoff in strategies to lure evangelical Christians than in plans for the political seduction of foreigners or first-generation Americans.

  4. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Another great resource for conservative Hispanics:

    Founded in 2011, The LIBRE Initiative is a 501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community so it can thrive and contribute to a more prosperous America. LIBRE is dedicated to informing the U.S. Hispanic community about the benefits of a constitutionally limited government, property rights, rule of law, sound money supply and free enterprise through a variety of community events, research and policy initiatives that protect our economic freedom. Our mission is to equip the Hispanic community with the tools they need to be prosperous. We are committed to developing a network of Hispanic pro-liberty activists across the United States so that our message reaches every corner of the country. 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Hey Moddy, you seem to know as much about "Latinos" as you do about Scott Gessler and his chances of being our next Governor . . . 

    • DavieDavie says:

      Gee, Moddy, looks like you landed on your feet with the Beauprez campaign despite disowning him as a crazy that you'd never voted for!

      How's the job of Chief Propaganda and Disinformation officer pay?

    • DawnPatrol says:

      Quit spamming the board, loser.

      If you want to attempt to recruit Latinos to your sick, twisted loser of a politcal party, start your own blog,

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      There are plenty of conservative Latinos, as well as moderate, liberal, and every other shade of political belief. All the stats I remember were that most Latinos like the Affordable Health Care Act, and are generally in favor of taking care of poor and disadvantaged people.

      More compassionate, in other words. That tends to land them on the Democrati ticket.

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      Hate to sound like a broken record but no matter how many posts you contribute about how conservative Hispanics/Latinos are, most of them vote Democratic.

  5. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    This was said to me by a tea party activist yesterday: "Elliot, it must be a full time job for you justifying an Illegal Alien wife and a couple of Anchor Babies"


    ftr, my wife is a permanent resident 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I hoped you responded:  "Gee, it must be a full-time job justifying your bigoted  ignorance — asshole!"

      • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

        I responded by screen grabbing the comment and posting it on key pages so people would know the guy is a dick

        • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

          Thing is that this isn't isolated.  On Friday night one person suggested my wife committed marriage fraud by marrying me (despite fact that we have been together for years and have multiple kids) Others have supported these comments.  Things are getting really ugly in general.

          Now none of this is going to make me vote Dem.  But that isn't the point: it will make many others, who are subjected to similar crap, vote that way.  And this is why the GOP's outreach has a LONG way to go

          • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

            (This was on Shawn Mitchell's wall although he was not involved in this)

            • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

              "Beth wrote: "Hey Elliott do something about that ginormous chip on your shoulder. You are an ugly, hateful person and I am betting your wife married you only to remain in the US. There is nothing redeeming about you.""


              Comment was either deleted, I was blocked, or both. 


              • DavieDavie says:

                Wow, Elliot.  I know I've taken a few shots at you, but at least from what I know of you on this site, you are surely none of the above. 

                Beth is not a nice person, nor a particularly good judge of character.

                • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                  Yeah – it isn't that people are taking shots at me.  Rather it is that the form of these shots (directed at my wife/kids) seem to prove the OP's point. 

                  • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                    Really sorry that this is happening to you but you do know that these people, like so many on the right, are bigots so what else do you expect from them? You may not agree with us silly libruls about much but you also must know you're not going to hear that kind of thing from us. When you get tired of hanging with schmucks you can always hang with us.

                    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                      I'm going to be on the right wing side for the long-term but that isn't going to stop me from being really good friends with a whole host of not prominent/very prominent libs/progressives. 

                      I think here the issue is that some on the right want to deny that there is a problem with our attitude towards immigrants, and that is just a localized problem.  I really disagree about that.  I think the problem is much more endemic, and much more severe, than people admit.  And until we get it addressed, the you all on the left will justifiably beat us over the head with it.  As again, you should. 

                    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                      Yes it is endemic. That's the point.  It's a lot more than "some" on the right. Republican pols wouldn't appeal to it if it was a matter of only a few of their base. They appeal to it because they know just how endemic it is. 

                      At some point, and this is not comparing the right to Nazis or anything in terms of degree, people have to decide what constitutes a deal breaker even if you agree with other policies, what's a step too far even if you want the trains to run on time, so to speak.

                      And it's not as if your choice is between those conservatives, an ever increasing percentage of which  are your family's enemies, and liberals. You can fit the true liberals among elected Democratic lawmakers and execs into a phone booth. The Democratic party is overwhelmingly centrist now, center right by the standards of Eisenhower's era on economic issues. Just sayin'. 

    • DawnPatrol says:

      Even as they continue to insist vigorously that they're "not racist."

      I think the GOP wil have gone the way of the Whigs in another 20 years, tops.

      Deeply sorry that you and your family were subjected to such callous, ignoorant ugliness, Elliot,

      • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

        FWIW, some prominent GOP officials have personally contacted me to say they are disgusted with this

        • Curmudgeon says:

          That is completely awful. That's an ignorant, hateful thing to say, and her statements about you as a person are completely untrue.

          I understand this still won't make you vote Democratic, and I also understand that those GOP officials will never say they're disgusted about those statements in public. They'll continue to cater to the hate-filled fringe. Do you really think they'll ever stop?

          I have no doubt you're a valuable resource for the GOP, Elliot, but I really wish you'd consider coming over from the Dark Side. You could do a lot more good for the people you care about, and encounter a lot less resistance to it.  But a fight in vain can still be a noble one, I suppose.

          • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

            Thanks.  Again though, I brought this up because it proves the OP's point. 

            • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

              (and by that I mean that ditching Tanc would not be enough for GOP on latino outreach – not that the the GOP needs to embrace Obamacare.  instead the GOP base needs to stop being absolute dicks to immigrants)

              • Curmudgeon says:

                Yes. But I'm afraid there's as much chance of that now as there is of you becoming a Democrat. 

                • JBJK16 says:

                  Both parties have racist dirt balls and racism is non partisan.


                  • Diogenesdemar says:

                    Yes, sadly that is true. It is also, sadly, true that for over the last fifty years one party has been particularly diligent and remarkably adept at zealously currying to racists and bigots with its official policies, platforms, and pronouncements. 

                  • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                    Most of the Dem racist dirt balls left the party a long time ago. While there are all kinds of dirt balls, including racists, everywhere, including in both major parties, all religious, racial, national and ethnic groups, etc, there is absolutely nothing like an equivalency between the percentage of flat out proud unapologetic racists and bigots on the right and on the left. That's just like saying saying that nothing gets done in Washington because extremists on both sides are equally to blame. Bull. 

                    There is a huge difference and that difference is the reason why Dem pols don't feel the political need to appeal to their base via bigotry, racism, xenophobia and homophobia. Republican pols quite routinely do and have done for decades. That's why liberal blogs aren't full of racial slurs. That's why Republican pols refuse to say a word about the racist garbage that spews forth from the mouth of Rush Limbaugh and friends. They know their base would be mad at them. There is no equivalency.

                  • Curmudgeon says:

                    That used to be true, JBJK16. But can you really say that about both parties now?   Perhaps you'd care to enlighten us about racist statements and actions (Voter ID laws) that the Democrats have engaged in over the last few decades? 'Cause boy oh boy, would I have a list for you about your friends the Republicans…….

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      A prominent Pueblo Latina activist, ,  well-educated, articulate, etc, happened to be in Douglas County awhile back.

      While shopping, this white woman came up to her and asked if she could help her to find a cleaning lady.

      In Pueblo, Latino canvassers were routinely yelled at and told that they should go back to Mexico. Thes canvassers are citizens, whose families have lived in SE Colorado way befoe the Mayflower, or at least before Pueblo's latest waves of Slavic, Irish, and Italian immigrants.

      It's going to take leaders of both parties, including extremist Tea Party people, busting stereotypes and advocating tolerance, before this gets any better.

    • Ralphie says:

      I hope you asked him if "patriots" believe in the Constitution, because the Constitution doesn't mention "anchor babies."  Just "citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

      • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

        Oh – about all of these people are strict constructionists until birthright citizenship comes up.  Then suddenly they go living constitutionalist on you. 

        • DavieDavie says:

          For a party that touts their "principles", too many members think they can simply bend and twist any concept until it suits their rage du jour.  Thus if science displeases, toss it out. Facts don't support you? Make up your own.

          Makes for neck-snapping turnabouts on inviolable principles or positions.

          Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present Both Ways Bob Beauprez!

        • Ralphie says:

          Families should always be off limits in political discourse. But watching some local races here in the hinterland (and the Mississippi senate race nationally), some of these baggers are not only dedicated to their flawed principles but  also quite ruthless as well.

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