Excerpt Of The Day: A Very Small Mess Of Pottage

“According to the usual suspects, the benchmark in garnering Hispanic votes for Republicans is Bush’s 40 percent showing in 2004. So what would have happened if McCain had matched Bush’s performance, instead of the 31 percent he actually got? Based on CNN’s exit polls, McCain still would have lost Nevada, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, not to mention, say, California and New Jersey. Conversely, even if Obama had won 90 percent of the Hispanic vote in Texas, instead of 63 percent, he still would have lost the state. With the possible exception of North Carolina, where the results were close but the number of Hispanic voters is too small to register in the exit poll, there doesn’t seem to be a single state where the Hispanic vote was critical to the outcome.

Of course Republicans should reach out to all voters, and there are both political and policy reasons to combine a pro-immigrant element with the message of better enforcement and more moderate levels of future immigration. But it’s electoral madness for the GOP to sell its birthright for a very, very small mess of pottage.” — Mark Krikorian

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