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1 researchok  Mon, May 9, 2011 1:58:02pm

Every election is followed with buyers remorse for some.

All part of living in a free society.

2 palomino  Mon, May 9, 2011 3:04:45pm

Hispanics are unlikely to switch their allegiance to Republicans in 2012. The party of Steve King, Tom Tancredo, et al. isn't going to make much headway with non-white voters.

Obama's got another year to further emphasize his already clear positions on immigration reform, something that had no chance of passing due to Congress. During this time the gop's far less Hispanic friendly positions will also be on display.

Obama may lose, as you hope, but it's doubtful that the Hispanic vote will be the deciding factor. More likely his loss would be the result of independent whites upset over the economy.

3 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Mon, May 9, 2011 3:20:14pm

re: #2 palomino

Hispanics are unlikely to switch their allegiance to Republicans in 2012.

That sentiment is expressed somewhat in the rest of the article.

Obama's got another year to further emphasize his already clear positions on immigration reform, something that had no chance of passing due to Congress.

I think that's the problem here. A case of mistaking the office of POTUS as some kind of magical emperor of the US, rather than one of three branches meant as checks and balances.

Obama may lose, as you hope

You shouldn't jump to conclusions. I made no implications, one way or another, as to what I hoped this article meant.

4 palomino  Mon, May 9, 2011 6:49:36pm

re: #3 Slumbering Behemoth

That sentiment is expressed somewhat in the rest of the article.

I think that's the problem here. A case of mistaking the office of POTUS as some kind of magical emperor of the US, rather than one of three branches meant as checks and balances.

You shouldn't jump to conclusions. I made no implications, one way or another, as to what I hoped this article meant.

Good point. The sentiment expressed by the person quoted in the article is unrealistic. Presidents can't do it alone, it's hard enough when Congress is controlled by the prez's own party. Remember Bush proposed immig. reform back in 2005 or 2006, and suddenly his own party (which had rubber stamped much of what he wanted prior to that) pretty much turned their back on him. Obama's got virtually no chance of moving the ball any further than Bush did.

Other than Marco Rubio, I don't see much of a Hispanic outreach by the gop. It may not be as extreme as the black vote, but the gop is on the verge of losing the Hispanic vote for the next couple of decades if they can't put a lid on their nativist, sometimes xenophobic, tendencies.


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