Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I was at Fiesta del Sol...

...on Cermak over the weekend, which billed itself as "The Largest Latino Festival in the Midwest." I can attest to that; as one of only a handful of Anglos there I thought to myself, "There sure are a lot of Latinos here!" In the next breath I thought, "The Republican Party is going to have to get right with these people. How else do they expect to win elections going forward?"

Then I read today in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll that only 29 percent of Latinos view the Republican Party favorably while 65 percent view it unfavorably. Twenty-nine percent! (For the Democratic Party the numbers are flipped around at 61/33.) 

Meanwhile, from NBC News (my emphasis):

More and more U.S.-born Hispanics are entering adulthood, the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project reported Tuesday.

At this point some 800,000 U.S.-born Hispanics enter adulthood annually and in coming decades it will be more than a million annually, the center reported.

Latinos are the largest minority group, 17 percent of the U.S. population, and the population's numbers are expected to grow to 129 million by 2060, with Hispanics making up 31 percent of the population by then.

Again, how on earth do Republicans expect to win elections when they're so hostile toward Latinos?


Ed Crotty said...

Simple. They don't. Today's Republican Party is beholden to the racists that make up its' base. These bigoted simpletons are easily manipulated by the big-money folks. And the best part is that these folks ( I am related to a bunch of them ) truly believe that they are not racist.

A woman on the train last week told me that Obama was "fooling" people with his charisma - like Hitler(!). Also that it was Obama's fault that Russia invaded Ukraine and shot down that plane. Because the US under Obama is "weak". I reminded her that Russia shot down a plane when Reagan was President and we did nothing. She told me that Reagan went on "National TV" and "denounced it in very strong terms".

I decided to not talk politics on the train anymore.

Mike Tracy said...

Smart man.