The GOP chased the voters it didn't have. The Democrats chased the voters they did have and made sure as many of them as possible showed up to vote. The GOP softened its message. The Democrats hardened theirs. The GOP tried to be moderate. The Democrats tried to be extremist. Guess which plan worked?
Let's recap the 2012 election. The GOP neglected its base and frantically tried to show that they were more responsible Democrats, but with a deep love of free enterprise. The Democrats focused on turning out every single rotten member of their 2008 coalition and getting them to the polls.
The GOP chased the voters it didn't have. The Democrats chased the voters they did have and made sure as many of them as possible showed up to vote.
The GOP softened its message. The Democrats hardened theirs. The GOP tried to be moderate. The Democrats tried to be extremist.
Guess which plan worked?
8 in 10 GOP voters do not want the party to back down and sell them down the river. But 8 in 10 GOP consultants want to get highly paid "Sell Our Base Down the River" positions.
Now the brilliant people who promised us a landslide and gave us a disaster have another brilliant plan. They are going to back some form of amnesty for illegal aliens which will give us 11 million new Latino voters, which in their best numbers ever, vote 40/60 Republican/Democrat. And it's a plan. Like Little Big Horn was a plan.
If we can get that 40/60 Latino vote, we'll win about four elections and then lose every single election from then until doomsday or until the United States is renamed Upper Mexico. But these are the people who can't count over a trillion and couldn't run a working GOTV program. Why would you expect them to handle basic math?
"The result will be (as in 1986) a new wave of illegal immigrants, largely unskilled, who will bid down the wages of the Americans and legal immigrants at the bottom of the labor market. These workers are the people most hurt by the big economic changes of the last few decades."
And those workers will hate Republicans. As they already hate us for NAFTA. As they already hate us for championing free trade, instead of protecting their natural constituencies, the way the Democrats protect theirs. And they'll be about as enthusiastic about voting for us as they were this time.
And the Latino vote we'll be chasing will cheerfully head to the polls to vote Obama a third term. But we'll have sold out the white working class who would actually vote for us, again, to try and win over Latino men and suburban moms.
Charles Krauthammer says, "There is one exception here, which I think is Hispanics. And that is not an intrinsic ethnic affinity problem, it is a policy problem."
Krauthammer needs to read up on the Institutional Revolutionary Party of Mexico which ran the country for 53 years. And after a brief defeat, the PRI, a party so violent and corrupt that it deserves its own Godfather movies, is coming back to power because it's what Mexicans want.
And, growing up around Hispanics, I can tell you that yes it is an ethnic affinity problem. Even among Puerto Ricans. They see Republicans as a white party and Democrats as an opposition party of minorities which will provide for them. Socialism is worked into the core here because they are not Americanized and operate on the Southern assumptions of a mercantile vs peasant class. Our Latino support comes from those who identify with the United States and support a strong military, and a smaller group that have business interests. There is internal Colorism that I am not going to get into here, but suffice it to say that those which see themselves as more "white" are also more likely to vote Republican.
The Republicans won in 2010 on ObamaCare, but now Boehner, the Crying Man is announcing that ObamaCare is the "Law of the Land." The illegally passed and unconstitutional law of the land... but who's counting?