The Hispanic vote in the US is far more nuanced and complex than many commentators have given Hispanics credit for. There are vast differences between groups from different countries who have different interests, and have significant cultural and ethnic differences.
This has resulted in a split in the Hispanic vote, between people whose background is from Mexico or Central America, those of South America, and people from Cuba. While Cuban descendants in Florida have historically leaned Republican the last 5 elections, recently the Mexican and central American vote has split 65-35 Democratic.
With the hearings for Sototmayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, that will likely take a drastic turn – especially if conservatives pursue the incendiary, racist line of questioning they have proposed…
The firefighter/plaintiff of the New Haven, Conn., affirmative action case is on the minority’s witness list for next week’s hearings on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. If nothing else, it’ll set up a TV-friendly “battle” with the nominee. And it marks a change from June, when Ricci’s attorney refused to say what her client thought of Sotomayor.
The full Republican list, annotated with that person’s special area of interest:
*Linda Chavez, President, Center for Equal Opportunity (labor, affirmative action)
*Sandy Froman, Esq., Former President, National Rifle Association of America (guns)
*Dr. Stephen Halbrook, Attorney (guns)
*Tim Jeffries, Founder, P7 Enterprises
*Peter Kirsanow, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (affirmative action)
*David Kopel, Esq., Independence Institute (guns)
*John McGinnis, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law (affirmative action)
*Neomi Rao, Professor, George Mason University School of Law (Constitutional law)
*Frank Ricci, Director of Fire Services, ConnectiCOSH (Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health) (affirmative action)
*David Rivkin, Esq., Partner, Baker Hostetler (presidential power)
*Nick Rosenkranz, Professor, Georgetown University School of Law (presidential power)
*Ilya Somin, Professor, George Mason University School of Law (Constitutional law)
*Lieutenant Ben Vargas, New Haven Fire Department (affirmative action)
*Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life (pro-life)
The presence of only one pro-life activist on the list is striking.
The names in bold constitute the conservative race pimps, who will try to turn the hearing into a forum on white supremacy, aided and abetted by Snidely Whiplash, AKA Peter Kirsanow, Uncle Tom extraordinaire.
Should be about as many Hispanic Republicans left when this is done as black Republicans…
Which is damn scarce.
Elton John took this Civil Rights song and made it a hit – “The Border Song”
July 14, 2009 at 12:31 AM
Conservative white men are so predictable. Sessions from my native state could barely keep his tie on trying to hit all the talking points against Sotomayor.
July 14, 2009 at 1:48 AM
BB, It’s all bad theater though, they know she’ll be sworn in. Btw, what’s up with you and all that bbq?