LatinaLista — In the old voting days, before the 2008 presidential election, Latino voters were hardly ever blamed for the defeat of a party -- but that's the old days.
We know that thanks in large part to Latino voters there is now an Obama Administration, and if a new poll is to be believed, there may be the demise of Democratic rule in Massachusetts also thanks to Latino voters.
According to an InsiderAdvantage poll, 77% of Latinos are projected to vote for the Republican contender. That is the highest percentage of all the groups polled.
Are Latinos that disenchanted with Democrats that they would vote against them?
Are Latinos that scared of change in healthcare that they want to see it defeated and know a vote for Brown would be a sure way to help defeat healthcare reform in Washington?
Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Scott Brown are in a tight race for Senate in Massachusetts. (AP/Reuters Photos)
No. The simple truth is that the pollsters got it wrong.
It doesn't make sense that in a state where Latino voters cut their teeth on politics by supporting Kennedy all these years that they would turn their back on his legacy.
While Latino voters are notorious for not being loyal to a party, Latinos are loyal to individuals. The phrase "we got your back" is not taken lightly in Latino communities. Until he died, Kennedy was seen as having the backs of Latinos with his attempts to reform immigration, support of the DREAM ACT and address poverty, illiteracy and immigrant needs.
Those are things that stay long in the psyche of Latino voters, especially new Latino voters, who are learning the power of their votes.
Besides, healthcare reform is the one issue that the majority of Latinos want. To knowingly vote someone in whose express first mission in DC is to derail something that can help thousands of Latino families just doesn't make sense.
Couple that with the fact that they would be voting for someone who would help to put roadblocks up to getting immigration policy reformed is another one of those things that doesn't make sense as to why 77% of Massachusetts' Latinos would vote for Brown.
From all reports, Coakley has run a horrible campaign. I can only surmise for that to mean she didn't outreach to the people. In the Latino community, that is still an important part of the process in getting the Latino vote.
If Brown wins, it won't be because Latinos voted for him enmasse, but it may be because they didn't vote at all.