I saw conservative pollster Sean Trende (a reasonably sharp guy for a winger) pushing the idea that “missing white voters” were the reason Romney lost, but it hadn’t occurred to me that could be a rationale for Republicans’ deciding to skip Latino outreach…..
Phyllis Schlafly of the pro-family group Eagle Forum called the GOP’s need to reach out to Hispanic voters a “great myth” during a conservative radio program Wednesday.
“The Hispanics who have come in like this will vote Democrat and there’s not the slightest bit of evidence that they will vote Republican,” Schlafly said on “Focus Today.” “And the people the Republicans should reach out to are the white votes, the white voters who didn’t vote in the last election and there are millions of them.”
Schlafly told PolicyMic she believes that Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election because “his drop-off from white voters was tremendous”….
As I’ve said before, wingers are casting about for reasons to block immigration reform, and they’ll come up with plenty of good reasons to oppose it. Suppose it passes over their dead bodies as it were, i.e. after overcoming a filibuster in the Senate, without meeting the “Hastert rule” in the House, and over the screeching objections of Rush et al. Then the predicted political downside of immigration reform for Republicans could indeed become a self-fulfilling prophecy.