It's Not As Bad As You Think—It’s Worse
“The Democrats are steadily losing ground with Hispanic voters. The seriousness of this problem tends to be underestimated in Democratic circles for a couple of reasons: (1) they don’t realize how big the shift is; and (2) they don’t realize how thoroughly it undermines the most influential Democratic theory of the case for building their coalition.”
--Ruy Teixeira, December 9, 2020, The Liberal Patriot.
One of the reasons so many have fled Latin America to come to the United States is the protection counted on when living in a country that operates under the rule of law rather than by the whims of an authoritarian leader. Today in America, the Democrats, who currently control the House, the Senate and the White House are practicing the leadership-by-whim style of government.
The latest example is the student loan debt forgiveness policy announced by President Biden. Last year his own Department of Education acknowledged that it lacked the “statutory authority” to forgive such loans on a “mass basis.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously said in July 2021 that “People think that the president of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not,” she reminded us. “He can postpone. He can delay. But he does not have that power. That has to be an act of Congress,” said Pelosi. If you get your news from CNN or MSNBC, you probably haven’t seen that video.
Both Pelosi and Biden have conveniently flip-flopped less than 90 days from the midterm elections, a political calculation that could certainly backfire. Let’s observe the risks and project what will be the outcome.
Another essay by a highly respected intellectual in Washington DC continues the drumbeat on how liberal thinkers ( i.e., most Democrats ) are out of touch with the Hispanic culture. This time new national data proves his point. For example, Hispanics chose the statement "America is the greatest country in the world" 70% of the time to only 23% for the opposite view, while very liberal Democrats are the reverse; 66% not the greatest and only 28% the opposite. No wonder the headlines in political press outlets talk of the rising of the Hispanic vote and now the realignment of Hispanic vote. -- Lance Tarrance
by Ruy Teixeira, August 11, 2022 in The Liberal Patriot
Democrats are having a great deal of trouble holding on to Hispanic voters. In 2020, running against Donald Trump for a second time, in the midst of a COVID/economic crisis and after the George Floyd summer of “racial reckoning”, Democrat Joe Biden actually did quite a bit worse among Hispanic voters than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. According to authoritative estimates from Democratic big data firm Catalist, the Democratic advantage among Hispanic voters slipped by a remarkable 16 points (two party vote) between the two elections. That doesn’t mean the Democrats lost the Hispanic vote. Far from it—they still got a solid majority of that group’s vote. But the size of their majority was whittled down considerably and appears to be falling further.
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