Palin Lists Hispanic Vote as Top Reason for McCain Defeat

This week on the Today Show, Matt Lauer asked Palin if she was surprised by the margin of the Obama victory. Palin responded,

Ya know, it did. I thought it would be closer—but then, taking a step back and being able to consider why it was that the margin was as great as it was, it makes sense: we didn’t get the Hispanic vote—and that was very significant.

Palin echoed her remarks in a November 12th interview with Wolf Blitzer where she said:

I think there’s so much blame to go around–if you will–in terms of why it was that the Republican ticket didn’t win—That’s being attributed to we didn’t get the Hispanic vote—that really hurt us.

Yet what Palin failed to mention is what charged the Latino vote: immigration. Immigration was a mobilizing force in this election. It motivated unprecedented turnout by this emerging voting bloc, which even Palin has credited for the Democratic sweep across the country. Candidates hoping to win their votes must be responsive to issues that matter to them, including immigration. As Simon Rosenberg of NDN was quoted as saying in USA Today, “If the Republicans don’t make their peace with Hispanic voters, they’re not going to win presidential elections anymore. The math just isn’t there.”



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  • Butch Montoya

    GOP chairman Steele has half of the right response. While I believe most Hispanics want secure borders (who doesn’t?) but, the negative connotations, racist comments, and pure hatred toward Latinos by the GOP is what kept Hispanics away from McCain/Palin.

    I am willing to bet that if the party had not been so negative – race baiting – and racist, many more Hispanics would have voted for the GOP ticket.

    Hispanics in general are conservative – aganist abortion, favoring the traditional family, and concerned about the economy like any other American. Actually the GOP party should have done better than the 36.4 percent of Hispanics that voted for McCain/Palin. Palin was a hit with many Pentecostal evangelicals…because of her Pentecostal background.

    In the 2004 election, Bush received about 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. Because of his Texas background, Hispanics felt as if Bush knew and understood the issues. Losing about 8 percent of the vote that Bush received, and the fact that Palin should have generated more conservative Hispanic voters, all those factors got derailed by the issues of racism, hatred, confusion about how the GOP felt about Latinos in general.

    Many of the GOP party faithful got lost a long the way. Instead of just hating undocumented immigrants, they began to hate all Hispanics. This wave of racism in the party pushed back any gains McCain/Palin would have received.

    While Obama generated a new feeling for “change”, any body in the Democratic party would have won. Clinton was and still is very popular in the Latino community. Most Hispanics I believe got caught up in the Obama wave, and with the racism of the GOP against Hispanics, the hard feelings against the GOP prevented many Hispanics from voting their values and beliefs.

    Hate will turn people away quickly every time. I want secure borders, but I do not want a country full of racists and Hispanic haters. The sad part is that the GOP voter was very open in publc with their feelings of racism.

    (I know we not supposed to call it racism because it hurts their feelings, but that is what is folks).