Rep. Lamar Smith notes in the Washington Post:
…Exit polls reported by CNN and updated this week reveal that a historically robust 38 percent of Hispanic voters cast ballots for House Republican candidates in 2010 – more than in 2006 (30 percent) and 2008 (29 percent). In fact, since 1984, Republican House candidates have only won a higher percentage of the Hispanic vote in one election: 2004. This level of Hispanic support for Republican candidates came despite widespread pre-election claims by advocates for illegal immigration that the Arizona law and a pro-rule-of-law stand would undercut Hispanic support for Republicans…
The fundamental flaw with both the liberal and the RINO narrative about the GOP and Hispanics (ie, that we GOPers have to become more pro-amnesty, etc, or we’ll lose the votes of Hispanics for ever, and thus become a permanent minority party) is that it is based upon a racist assumption that people of Hispanic ancestry all think alike – in this case, that all of them want illegal immigration and amnesty and all that rot. I’m sure a lot of Hispanics do, but I’m betting that the strong support Hispanics show for Democrats at election time isn’t based upon the possibility of amnesty (Hispanic voters don’t need that), but on the fact that Hispanics tend to be poor, and Democrats promise poor people a lot of stuff (and always fail to deliver, but that is another story).
As it turns out, of course, Hispanics don’t all think alike. Seems that some of them – and probably those who are second or third generation, or who came here legally, are not necessarily enthused about open borders. And, perhaps, not offended by the concept of the American government – or even a State government – enforcing American law. Who would have thought this?
Well, it turns out that we on the right did. People want laws to be enforced and obeyed. Its the only way a rational society can function. I’m de-facto for amnesty – but not until the border is secured. No sense in having laws if we’re just going to forever flout them…and then look at what happens when we do flout: the border region of Mexico is a war zone where thousands of people are murdered every year. You think some Hispanic man in El Paso wants to continue a policy where his cousins in Mexico remain prey to drug lords?
2010 was an eye-opener in a lot of ways, but not at all for our Ruling Class. They seem to have armored themselves from head to toe and ear to ear against any message getting through from the voters. Well, that is fine – it’ll make beating them in 2012 all the more fun.