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  • al.gore22 al.gore22 Dec 8, 2012 6:09 PM Flag

    Finally Texas might do something right

    Less than a week after he was elected to the U.S. Senate, Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was candid about the GOP's troubles courting Latino voters.

    In an interview with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, Cruz opened up about concerns in some of the nation's largest states, headed by Texas.

    “If Republicans do not do better in the Hispanic community, in a few short years Republicans will no longer be the majority party in our state," he said.

    Cruz added that losing a state like Texas, which carried 38 electoral votes in 2012, would hold national implications.

    “If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House," he said. "New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to 270 electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party."

    Will the Contards figure out how to stop insulting Latinos? Probably not:

    Contard screecher Ann Coulter penned a column Wednesday in which she lashed out at the “deluge of unskilled immigrants pouring into the country” and portrayed Latinos as a lazy “underclass” looking for a government handout. Coulter titles the piece “America Nears El Tipping Pointo,” presumably to make a virtue of her ignorance of the Spanish language.

    In fact, Latinos use less than their fair share of government benefits. According to a study released this year by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

    Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 64 percent of the population in 2010 and received 69 percent of the entitlement benefits. In contrast, Hispanics made up 16 percent of the population but received 12 percent of the benefits, less than their proportionate share -- likely because they are a younger population and also because immigrants, including many legal immigrants, are ineligible for various benefits.

    Coulter implies in her piece that non-whites are “nitwits who deserve lives of misery and joblessness.” She singles out immigrants from Latin America as particularly “nitwitty,” saying they have too many babies out of wedlock, without citing a published source for the assertion. Nearly half of undocumented-immigrant households -- 45 percent -- consisted of a spouse or cohabiting couple with one or more children, compared to 34 percent of legal immigrants and 21 percent of the U.S. born, according to a 2010 Pew Hispanic Study.

    Apparently unaware that Latinos do not depend disproportionately on government benefits, Coulter writes:

    That's a lot of government dependents coming down the pike. No amount of "reaching out" to the Hispanic community, effective "messaging" or Reagan's "optimism" is going to turn Mexico's underclass into Republicans … Rather than being more hardworking than American, Hispanics actually work about the same as others, or, in the case of Hispanic women, less.

    In fact, Latinos -- especially immigrants -- are more entrepreneurial than the general population. As Cristina Costantini points out in a piece for ABC/Univision, Hispanics created twice as many businesses as the general public since 2000, according to census data.

    Mitt Romney won just 27 percent of the Latino vote, the lowest number of a presidential candidate since Bob Dole in 1996.

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    • Hilarious!

      Shorter Ann Coulter: hispanics who don't vote Republican are lazy, especially the women.

      "As Cristina Costantini [a latino woman btw] points out in a piece for ABC/Univision, Hispanics created twice as many businesses as the general public since 2000, according to census data."

      I seriously doubt that's even remotely true...but to be safe, I just emailed her.

      Also worth noting: Coulter's 'analysis' implies Republicans have written off the black vote (she doesn't actually say that, but she's probably right).

    • Texas can stay red. PA, OH, MI, WI, MN, CO, and VA are all going darker blue. The GOP will never win another national election as it stands today, and the state GOP knows ti and they are terriified. Ohio and PA are trying to dilute the electoral vote package, and WI is trying to eliminate same day registration.

      The only way the GOP can get beyond a regional party is to cheat. And disenfranchise voters based on skin color. Now that is a terrible example of democracy.

      Sentiment: Hold

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