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Republicans need more ideas to reclaim Latino voters

LatinaLista — In the aftermath of the 2008 presidential election, Republicans are beginning to regroup and strategize how to carry their party forward. Yet, though it’s recognized that Latino voters pushed Obama’s victory in several key states, Republicans have yet to figure out how to include Latinos in their future.
Since President Obama’s win, attention has been focused on the role of the Latino vote in his successful bid for the White House.
In fact, everyone has been so focused on this aspect of the vote that not nearly enough attention has been paid to the flipside of the election outcome — that the Latino vote was also instrumental in Republicans losing their bid for the White House.
It goes without saying that this sober consequence of the election wasn’t lost on Senator McCain. However, there are few signs that his party yet understands the ramifications of alienating the Hispanic vote or who today’s Hispanic voters are and how to do effective outreach that communicates a different message from the past eight years.
It was reported that when Senator McCain returned to the Senate in early January he was a man on a different kind of mission. He met behind closed doors with his party colleagues and told them in no uncertain terms that the anti-immigration rhetoric was going to have to be toned way down.
Also, he was spearheading the Republican effort of taking a chapter out of the Obama playbook to transform staid political action committees into grassroots organizing committees. His reasoning was that it will take a grassroots approach to strengthen the Republican Party. Not a bad idea. Of course, it’s his hope that through word-of-mouth, rather than canned rhetoric, the party can better define their ideals and message to everyone, especially Latino voters.
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  • Thomas
    January 27, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Its not hispanics that are the problem. Its illegals. They have burden california to point that its now bankrupt. Guess California is not enough. Lets bankrupt the enitire country. Forget demanding the illegals to learn English. We will all soon force to learn Mandarin the way the dems are spending and creating more debt. Funny, I once thought the country could last forever. I’ll never be naive again.

  • Sandra
    January 27, 2009 at 7:33 am

    “Especially Latino voters”? Love to hear an explanation about that statement.

  • Michaela
    January 28, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    “Especially Latino voters”? Love to hear an explanation about that statement.
    It’s reverse discrimination against us whites. What we really need is more white voters voting Republican. Now watch Marisa have a hissy about that statement.

  • Marisa Treviño
    January 29, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Michaela, If you’ve been following any of the statements regarding future Republican strategies coming from the RNC then you would know that some have proposed actively going after the Latino vote. Why would any political party go after a demographic they already have? What you call reverse discrimination is nothing more than what is practiced in businesses on a daily basis to grow their market.
    On another note, it’s clear from your recent comments, and the ones I had to delete because of what I determined to be extremely offensive, that you have serious issues with Hispanics and anything concerning them. You’re not adding to the discussion but merely stating your biasness against Latinos, this forum and me. So, in fairness, I’m putting you on notice. Latina Lista won’t be used anymore by you to spread your brand of racism. I’m not saying you have to agree with me but I’m tired of the lack of respect you show in constantly insulting and offending and offering nothing to the dialogue. If you want to continue to be a part of Latina Lista, it’s up to you but this is where I have a “hissy” fit.

  • Horace
    February 7, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I agree with Marisa, all ethnic groups and racial groups should only act strictly in their own special interests. If white people see their piece of the pie being eaten by minorities, they should react to assure that their portion is yanked back for their own use. It wouldn’t matter whether Latinos, black persons or Asians might need a brotherly helping hand, because that’s the ethnocentric, racial centric way. Every man for himself. Isn’t that the new American way? We’d even rename our country, “The Divided States of America”:)

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