Saturday, June 09, 2007
Republican Netroots Help Democrats
Hernandez, R. 2007. Hispanic voters enjoy new clout with Democrats. New York Times. 10 June 2007. Available online: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/10/washington/10hispanics.html?hp.
When I started this blog, grassroot suicidal foolishness of this scale was typically reserved for the lunatics at Daily Kos.
Helped by the fight over immigration, Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination are moving to court Hispanic voters like never before, as a string of early primary states with sizable Hispanic voting blocs prompt candidates to hire outreach consultants, start Spanish-language Web sites and campaign vigorously before Hispanic audiences.
The battle for Hispanic voters is a result of the decision by several states with large Hispanic populations to move their presidential primaries to early 2008, including California, Florida and New York. Roughly two-thirds of the nation’s Hispanic residents live in nine of the states that will hold Democratic primaries or caucuses on or before Feb. 5.
Strategists say the influence of Hispanic voters is likely to be amplified next year because of an unusually intense response in many Hispanic communities to immigration policy. Conservative Republicans, with the help of some left-leaning Democrats, teamed up to derail an immigration bill in the Senate on Thursday that would have provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Contempt for latin Americans was once most visible on the left, too.
So, everyone against CAFTA is anti-latin? How's so?
Posted by: Jeffrey James | Sunday, June 10, 2007
No, but a significant portion of opposition was the zero-sum mentality that boiled down to this: "low-skilled jobs for us, not them."
Much of the opposition to the immigration bill comes from the same source.
The only real difference in the opposition is that CAFTA opponents didn't want the low-skilled jobs to go over there, while immigration opponents don't want the low-skilled labor to come here.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, June 10, 2007
On the American Left, a lot of the opposition against CAFTA was because American agricultural subsidies would ruin Latin American farmers. This was what Oxfam, etc. were saying on my undergrad campus at least.
Posted by: a517dogg | Tuesday, June 12, 2007