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Dammit! Hispanics Still Aren’t Turning Out!

From a frustrated National Journal:

Should Democrats Worry About Hispanic Turnout?

If there was any doubt about the importance of the Hispanic vote this election year, President Obama laid it to rest with his recent, aggressive courtship of Latino voters. But this month also provided fresh warnings to the Obama campaign that Hispanic voters, despite their growing numbers, aren’t all that interested in turning out to vote.

The evidence can be drawn from the House primaries that took place in states with significant Hispanic populations over the last month, particularly California, New York, and Texas. In contests from Southern California to Spanish Harlem, Hispanic candidates suffered political disappointments because of low turnout from their own voters.

The biggest setback for Hispanic representation took place in Texas, where Latinos fueled the population growth in the state over the last decade. But it’s unlikely they will gain more seats in Congress even with four new congressional districts. While 38 percent of Texas voters are Hispanic, it’s likely that only six of the state’s 36 House districts (17 percent) will be represented by a Hispanic member of Congress in 2013.

Obviously we need some kind of affirmative action program for Congressmen. And quotas based on race and gender and ethnicity.

In the state’s primaries, several Hispanic candidates suffered several stinging defeats, largely because of low levels of Latino participation. Their most notable setback took place in a new Fort Worth-area seat specifically drawn to elect a minority member of Congress.

Did the National Journal mean to ‘say that out loud’? Is that even legal? — And, if it is, God help us.

But former state Rep. Domingo Garcia, a Democrat, wasn’t able to take advantage of the district’s sizable Hispanic population, which makes up nearly two-thirds of the district (and 39 percent of its voting-age population) and finished 12 points behind Democratic state Rep. Marc Veasey, who is African-American. Only about 18,000 registered Democrats showed up to vote, an anemic turnout level far below the rates in other districts featuring competitive Democratic primaries. Garcia is the heavy underdog in the July 31 runoff.

It is really tragic when you can’t gerrymander a district in order to select a candidate of the right ethnic persuasion.

At least Democrats could take solace that the seat will remain in their hands. But in California, the party took a major hit when its favored candidate in a 49.4 percent-Latino battleground district didn’t even qualify for the ballot…

In another cautionary note for the Obama campaign, immigration was a major dividing line in the election, but it didn’t push Hispanic voters to the polls. Aguilar campaigned on a comprehensive immigration reform that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants.

In other words, he is for amnesty.

Miller, meanwhile, is one of the leading immigration restrictionists [sic] in Congress, and recently sponsored legislation that would end birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S. Despite so much at stake for Hispanic voters, they didn’t show up.

So even when illegal aliens are promised amnesty Hispanics still don’t turn out to vote. Maybe not all Hispanics are illegals. Maybe some of them don’t even like illegals.

Democratic operatives were blindsided by the results, anticipating much better Hispanic turnout to comfortably push Aguilar to face off against a Republican in November. Now Republicans are guaranteed to hold the seat in November

And you can just hear the fury coming from the National Journal here.

The latest sign that Hispanic voters’ clout may not match their numbers took place Tuesday night in New York City, where Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., comfortably defeated Hispanic state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Espaillat entered the race against Rangel in hopes of capitalizing on the demographic change in the district — it’s 55 percent Hispanic after redistricting — and campaigned mainly in Hispanic areas. Espaillat looked like a formidable contender against the ethically-embattled congressman. But Rangel’s victory — he was leading by five points as of press-time — showed that a shared ethnic background isn’t enough to turn voters out to the polls…

In fact, Rangel ended up winning in a walkover. Which just shows that the Hispanics need a bigger and more corrupt political machine.

BTW, note the assumption in this National Journal Article that Hispanics will always vote for Hispanics. And blacks will always vote for blacks.

Whatever happened to the dream of judging a person by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin?

Anyway, we know why Obama’s former budget guru and other Democrat flacks have been floating the idea of mandatory voting.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Dammit! Hispanics Still Aren’t Turning Out!”

  1. River0 says:

    The Demonicrat Party needs to worry about everybody not turning out. He’s wrecking the economy and stripping us of liberty and freedom every day he’s in office. If you’re an illegal, the bad economy keeps you unemployed; if you’re in a union, the policy of amnesty threatens union members; if you’re a college graduate, you’re up a creek…. Nobody but tenured professors and federal employees gain from Obummer’s policies.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Curses. Everyone knows if your skin is brown, you vote Democrat. You know, Democrats, the Party that approved and defended slavery for 150 years? Brown people Must Vote Democrat. After all, they claim ownership of you, just like yesteryear.

  3. wirenut says:

    Well here’s what! My version of a dream act is, If you have time to dream, then you must be sleeping.
    Go out and get a damn job! All democrats will screw you for a vote. Create a vision and turn it into a reality. After all,
    it’s by your own hand. Not a handout.

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