Thursday, August 9

GOP doing a better job of reaching out to Hispanics

This is great news published today by the Associated Press. But it also shows that there is still a lot of work to be done by conservatives in spreading the conservative message.

Democrats hold an edge with Hispanics in national elections, but Latinos' growing tendency to register as independents and split their vote between parties is buoying Republican prospects for 2008.

Younger and college-educated Hispanics in particular offer fertile ground for the GOP, new data show. And while no one suggests Republicans have become the party of choice for the nation's fastest-growing minority, Democrats have been gradually losing ground.

I can still remember the nice older lady in my church in Miami who kept going around telling everyone that Bush was going to take away retiree's benefits, and that they all needed to vote for Gore. Somebody had to give her a little reality check and a scolding for believing everything she heard on TV!

        Economic and generational forces are influencing Hispanic politics.

I wonder if this has to do with Latin America's political heritage. Frankly, many recent Hispanic immigrant may not really know what a good effective capitalist government works like, and so I could see how they would be drawn to socialist and liberal arguments (just speculation by my part). As the following generations assimilate, and experience our democratic process, it would make sense they would start seeing the truth about big government and false liberal promises.

Democratic pollster Andre Pineda, who is advising New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's presidential campaign, conducted research after the November 2006 elections that identified a generational shift in Hispanic voter patterns.

Pineda said Hispanic immigrants who become citizens and register to vote become Democrats in nearly 70 percent of the cases, with Republican registration at 18 percent. In the next generation, Democratic registration drops to 56 percent and GOP registration increases to 25 percent. By the third U.S.-born generation, Democratic and Republican registration among Hispanics is nearly equal.

You have to consider how amazing these results are when you consider the concerted efforts of the extreme liberal left in academia. Despite the 4 years of indoctrination-U, with each passing generation, Hispanics are shifting more and more to the conservative camp.

This is a good moment to remember Reagan and his thoughts on Latino's and the GOP:

In 1980, as he was preparing to run for president, Ronald Reagan asked Lionel Sosa, an advertising executive from San Antonio, to lead his outreach to the Hispanic community. Reagan told Sosa his job would be easy: "Latinos are Republican. They just don't know it yet."


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