Proving that the GOP learned nothing from the McCain/Palin debacle of 2008. conservative strategists are pushing the idea that,
“A Republican ticket needs to be as historic as the ticket it’s running against, and that argues for a Hispanic, a Rubio or Martinez or someone else who transforms the Republican Party…”
That statement just proves how ignorant the Republican Party thinks Hispanic voters are; as if they wouldn’t see right through that bit of pandering, just as women did in 2008. As the Washington Times reports:
“Immigration is perhaps the one issue where the former Massachusetts governor has staked out the most conservative position in the Republican presidential field.”
And that’s saying a lot.
“In the grind-it-out battle for the Republican nomination, Mr. Romney has vowed to veto the so-called Dream Act that would give citizenship to many children of illegal immigrants, called Arizona’s strict immigration law a “model” for other states and welcomed endorsements from hard-liners against illegal immigration.”
Marco Rubio is attempting to come up with a compromise on the “Dream Act”, one that would grant legal status, but not citizenship; but that kind of pandering to the party makes Rubio no better than Romney. According to the Wall Street Journal:
Last week, Republican pollster Whit Ayres spoke to Senate Republicans about the GOP’s image problems with Hispanics. “Clearly, the tone has to be one of welcoming new people into the party,” he said in an interview. “But the substance has got to be right as well. We need to be sure any positions we take are not perceived in the community as anti-Hispanic.”
A bit too late for that don’t you think? Speaking of the GOP trying to win over large voting blocks they’ve alienated, some people seem to think that Ann Romney will be the answer to their “women problem”. According to Politico:
She has, in fact, recently begun targeting women – a demographic Republicans desperately need – talking about the economy and jobs. “I wish Ann, my wife were here,” Mitt Romney told a crowd in Wisconsin Sunday, flagging her efforts. “She’s going across the country and talking with women. We have work to do, to make sure we take our message to the women of America.”
Believe me, women have gotten the Republican “message” already.
According to Fox:
“Whereas the gender gap played a major role in 2008 with women voting for Democrats 56 percent of the time compared to Republicans 42 percent of the time, in 2010 the split was 49-48 percent for Democrats to Republicans.”
That’s because women were concerned about the economy, and Republicans campaigned on that very issue. But you know the old saying, “Fool me once…”
As we are all well aware, the Republican Party has done nothing since 2010 on the economy, except of course for getting our credit rating lowered; the rest of the time has been spent opposing any and all ideas that aren’t theirs, when they could fit that in between the nationwide rash of anti-women legislation.
Now another election year and they want to talk the economy again. What can Ann Romney possibly have to say about the economy that’s relevant to American women, she feels our pain because she and Mitt lost a couple of million on their investments? Maybe she’ll share her wisdom on budgeting for a garage elevator; I’m sure that comes up a lot around the dinner table in America; or how she makes her decision about which Cadillac to drive each day.
At a campaign stop in Illinois, she addressed voters saying,
“And I love it that women are upset, too, that women are talking about the economy, I love that,” she said. “Women are talking about jobs, women are talking about deficit spending. Thank you, women. We need you. We all need you in November, too. We have to remember why we’re upset and what we’ve got to do to fix things.”
There’s little chance women will forget why they’re upset, and they certainly know what they have to do to fix things in November; I just don’t think it’s quite what Mrs. Romney has in mind.
Finally in election idiocy, Rick Santorum as he’s wont to do, made one of his signature sounds- intelligent- at- first- then- you- realize statements in Wisconsin this past weekend. Via NewsMax:
“When I feel comfortable that we’ve done the best we possibly could and there’s just no more we can do and this race is, you know, we’ve run the course, then you know I’m not an unrealistic person,” Santorum said.
“I mean if that happens — I don’t believe it’s going to happen, but if it does happen — you know, then we’ll face it, we’ll cross that bridge. But until that point — less than half the delegates have been voted for — I mean we’ve got a long way to go in this race,” he said.
Nooo, he’s not an unrealistic person.