Saturday, November 14, 2015

For Dems to win Latino vote, watchful waiting is not a strategy ... by gimleteye

On the airwaves, there has been a lot of chatter recently about accelerating demographics that favor the fortune of Democrats in the upcoming presidential election despite evidence that the GOP is solidifying gains in state legislatures and office of governor.

With the chance African American voters will not turnout in 2016 in the same numbers as earlier elections, the Latino vote looms with even greater importance.

For the GOP, Koch Brother investments in Libre Initiative projects are making not-so-quiet inroads in Latino communities in key electoral states. It is not clear how many tens or hundreds of millions the Koch's Libre and related organizations are making, or just how far Democrats are falling behind in a comprehensive strategy to meet the needs of Latinos at the community level.

The well-funded Libre Initiative is not a covert operation. It is a long-term strategy that aims to turn Latino voters to the GOP. It is a mistake to believe that sitting back while GOP presidential aspirants fumble over immigration policies is a strategy. In this case, watchful waiting is wishful thinking.

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