[Marxism] Hispanic Voters Shift Allegiance to Democrats

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 8 09:15:39 MST 2006

The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Who knows what evil lurks in the
minds of the politicians? The Shadow knows. Yes, The Shadow knows! 

Latino voters, for the most part, with the exception of the Miami Cubans,
have always been primarily oriented toward the Democrats. And those
rightist Cubans have been somewhat bi-partisan. Menendez secured a
full term in the U.S. Senate, and one Cuban-American Democrat was
elected to the Florida state legislature (I forget which house or what
type of Cuban-American. I'll guess probably not a good type...)

The GOP's efforts to win support among Latinos hasn't worked this
time. Several of the most strident and extremist of the rightists were
defeated, like Santorum and others. I wouldn't say there was a mass
trouncing, but there was a notable shift away from the Republicans in 
this round of elections. That is a good thing. While we all wish that it
was directed toward a new political formation, that didn't happen as
those who participate in such politics as exist in the United States still
aren't ready to make a mass break with the existing political set-up.

With racism at the core of U.S. political culture as it is, and used in the
shameless manner. How many undocumented immigrants are living in
the United States at this time? Ten or twelve million? These are people
who are affected profoundly by decisions made by the two dominant
parties. Those who are registered to vote are a relatively conservative
layer of the population. When you add the millions of undocumented
immigrants, you see registered voters are an even smaller percentage
of the population. And so the efforts, promoted by both parties, but in a
more strident way by the rightist wing of the GOP, Latinos, and perhaps
in this matter Cubans, too (I'm not sure on this) reacted sharply with a
strong vote for the Democrats. There was no other political party which
arose to speak out for the immigrants in this election, and we don't as
yet see evidence of any. Latinos seem to be understanding that saying 
about when they came for the undocumented, I said nothing because
I wasn't undocumented...

Here in California, the Latinos have long been opposed to the U.S.
blockade of Cuba, and the California state legislature has taken formal 
stands atainst the embargo, the Governator, who in the past has visited 
the island at least once, and is a known smoker of Cuban cigars, there
may be some way to make some connection between these two. Cuba
is a star-struck a place as any other, to tell you the truth. Arnold's films
are very popular on the island. When Arnold won his first election, Fidel
responded in a quite open, astute and diplomatic manner. 

"To judge from the photographs, he has a lot of muscle, but they have 
not tested him to see how much muscle he has in the brain."
     --- Fidel Castro, 2003

Clearly California's governor has demonstrated now that he DOES have
muscle in the brain. Who's to say what else he's now capable of doing?

Those who underestimated Schwarzenegger and mistook him for some
dumb jock, they have plenty of wounds to lick nowadays. And whereas
to most people in the United States, Cuba isn't very important, but to a
politician on the rise, one who wants to get a higher profile, who's to
say might strike his fancy, and what the possibilities might be?

Check out my 2003 commentary on Arnold and the blockade of Cuba:

Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles, California

November 8, 2006

Hispanic Voters Shift Allegiance to Democrats
Republicans Lose Ground
With Minorities After Call
For Immigrant Crackdown
November 8, 2006; Page A6

WASHINGTON -- Yesterday's voting showed a nation in which the white
vote was nearly divided down the middle between Democrats and
Republicans -- and a Democratic party that found its edge among
minorities, especially in newfound strength with Hispanics.

In fact, just months after House Republicans used a crackdown on
illegal immigrants to energize their party's conservative base,
Hispanic voters responded yesterday at the voting booth, shifting
decisively toward Democrats.

Exit polls showed more than seven in 10 Hispanics voted Democratic in
races for House seats. Meanwhile, some 27% voted Republican -- an
11-percentage-point drop from the prior midterm election in 2002.

The shift among Hispanics accentuated a growing gulf between the
Republican Party and minority communities. White voters made up
almost 80% of the electorate, and they divided their votes more or
less evenly between Democratic and Republican House candidates, the
exit polls showed. Minorities including Hispanics, Asians and blacks
each favored Democrats; blacks gave nearly 90% of their votes to the
party's candidates.

Republicans also appeared to lose some ground with religious groups.
While they were backed by a majority of Protestants, the percentage
was smaller than in 2002. Among white Protestants, they beat
Democrats by a 20-percentage-point margin. Republicans had their best
showing among evangelicals, who made up about one-quarter of the
electorate. Republicans took about 70% of these votes, compared with
78% in 2004 for President Bush.

The shift among Hispanics is a serious setback for the long-term
strategy of President Bush and political adviser Karl Rove to move
the nation's fastest-growing minority voting bloc into the Republican
column to help solidify the party's dominance for years to come.

Mr. Bush, sometimes in broken Spanish, used a close alliance with the
Catholic Church and socially conservative values themes to connect
with those voters. According to 2004 exit polls, Mr. Bush received
the backing of 44% of Hispanic voters, up from 31% in 2000.

Mr. Bush had hoped to seal the deal this year by pushing a
comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws that boosted border
patrols but also offered a guest-worker program and a pathway to
citizenship for illegal immigrants already here. But House
Republicans rebelled; they declined to move the president's proposal,
and instead passed legislation that focused strictly on guarding the
border, building a fence along part of it and imposing criminal
penalties on many who aid illegal immigrants currently here.

In exit polls, 37% of Hispanic voters ranked illegal immigration as
an issue that was "extremely important" to them, compared with 29% of
all racial demographic groups. In addition, 78% of Hispanic voters
said most illegal immigrants should be given a chance to apply for
legal status, compared with 57% from all demographic groups.

The issue of immigration is unresolved on Capitol Hill. The Senate
rejected the House's legislation, and the two chambers settled on a
bill that called for building a wall and installing other new
security protections along the Mexican border. Mr. Bush signed that
measure into law in a White House ceremony that was specifically
designed to appease the party's anti-immigration wing.

With the 2008 presidential contest in mind, Republicans now may move
more cautiously on legislation aimed at the millions of people in the
U.S. illegally.

Mr. Bush fought hard to hold onto such states as New Mexico, Colorado
and Nevada, all with high Hispanic populations. Democrats have
already signaled they plan to fight for those electoral votes in two

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