WILL THE LATINO VOTE GO FOR OBAMA IN 2012?
President Obama and the Democrats are counting on strong support from Latinos to hand them a victory in 2012, even though their Hispanic leaders complain about immigration reform moving too slowly under President Barack Obama.
It is clear that in 2012 neither party can afford not to appeal to Latinos as the fastest-growing voter bloc in the country.
Rubén Navarrete, a well known syndicated columnist for Hispanic issues, writes in his most recent column (“Latinos should regret ever voting for Obama”) that for latino voters, the 2012 election will likely come down to a choice between two things they hold dear: loyalty and respect.
Navarrete says that if Latinos want to be loyal to a brand name that they have supported for the last 50 years, Latinos will vote Democratic to re-elect President Obama. However, “If they want to be respected, there’s no way they can vote for Obama,” he adds.
Navarrete writes that Obama has shown zero respect for Latinos and he divides Obama’s insults to Latinos in three phases.
First, Obama cynically used the removal of undocumented Latino immigrants to win over groups of voters he cares more about: white suburbanites, union members, African-Americans, working-class Americans who compete for jobs with illegal immigrants, etc.
Second, according to Navarrete, Obama disregarded the immeasurable pain of immigrant families by his deportation policies, including more than 46,000 deportations of parents with a U.S-born child, that is nearly 1.2 million people deported in less than three years.
Third, Navarrete argues, Obama is telling Latinos that they have few viable choices in 2012. Furthermore, Obama recently told a group of Latino journalists that his re-election campaign could win Latino votes just by running ads showing the GOP debates.
November 2012 will show if Latinos will still back up Obama or if they will give their vote to the Republican candidate.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Editor