Blacks don’t want to hear this, but they will be politically irrelevant in presidential general elections for years to come.
The ethnic political ballgame is now in the Hispanic arena.
Hispanics have shown a political sophistication not evidenced by black voters whose leaders have been co-opted and joined at the hip to the Democratic Party with little to show for their loyalty.
In the three presidential elections prior to 2012, Hispanics averaged 60 percent, and blacks averaged 91 percent for the Democratic ticket.
Then came the November shocker. Hispanics went 71 percent for Obama and Romney came nowhere close to Bush’s 44 percent — or even McCain’s 31 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
With blacks and Hispanics being two of the main three anchors of the Democratic Party base, and with blacks already totally in the bag, Democrats will move mountains to increase that 71 percent.
At stake: control of the White House for decades to come.
According to the PEW Research Hispanic Center, the U.S. Hispanic population has grown from 13 percent to 17 percent since 2000 and it is estimated that 80 percent of the 11-12 million undocumented residents in the country are Hispanic — potential voters all!
Key states such as California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas have significant Hispanic populations.
Given its recent history, the GOP establishment thinks it can survive without blacks. But, it knows it can’t be a viable national party without Hispanics. Democrats on the other hand already have blacks, but can’t continue to win without gaining and maintaining a consistent and significant margin of Hispanics as well.
So, Republicans are looking for any Hispanic who can help them gain a significant, or at least respectable foothold among Hispanic voters with a meaningful and credible message; and, you can bet that Democrats and their liberal allies are looking to destroy any Hispanic who has that potential — whether that Hispanic be of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or other Latin ancestry.
It’s no secret that the mainstream media and liberal elites take every opportunity to denigrate black and/or female conservatives. You can bet that the same tactics will be used against any Hispanic who has the potential of threatening the Democrats’ goal of making Hispanics the “new black captives” of the Democratic Party.
It has already begun.
Enter Marco Rubio, the first-term Florida senator, whom Time magazine crowned the “Republican Savior” — a sure signal that he is a threat.
After reaching for that now famous drink of water during his response to Obama’s State of the Union address — he was the butt of jokes and ridicule.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Rubio’s speech was “tinker toys . . . a kid's presentation of a philosophy reduced to maybe the ninth grade level . . .” This is the same Matthews who said of Obama’s State of the Union in 2010: "I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.”
You can bet your boots that Matthews did not forget that Rubio was a Hispanic giving the GOP response and he mustered every negative thought he could utter on television.
Obviously Rubio didn’t cause Matthews to feel the same “thrill up (his) leg” that he gets from Obama.
A few weeks earlier, a staffer at the Hispanic channel, Univision, called Rubio a "loser" and "a token slave boy."
Fellow Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, himself a Cuban-American, said it best:
“I think Democrats and the media are afraid of Marco Rubio because he is a smart, intelligent, conservative Hispanic . . . they are looking for any excuse they can to attack him, because that threatens them . . . they believe it is in their interest to inflict as much damage as possible . . .”
Like Rubio, Cruz is a threat to the Democratic establishment.
He was the first Hispanic to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States — William Rehnquist — and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, past editor of the Harvard Law Review, and the first Hispanic solicitor general in Texas.
National Review called him "the next great conservative hope."
Given that history Cruz had better watch his back.
He has already been accused of “McCarthyism” for his tough questions of Obama defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.
Whether a black, female, or Hispanic conservative, it doesn’t matter how brilliant you are or what you have accomplished Just the fact that you are conservative is sufficient to become a target of liberal viper venom by the so-called “liberal elites.”
Just ask Miguel Estrada, a Honduran immigrant whom President George H.W. Bush nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 2001.
Although a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, assistant solicitor general, an émigré to the United States as a teenager, who would have been the first Hispanic to serve on that court, Democrats blocked his nomination for two years.
Said Tim Graham of the Media Research Center:
“. . . the hostility isn't because he's a minority — it's because he's a conservative minority, a threat to the notion that minorities should only think and vote Democratic.”
So, Rubio, Cruz or any other Hispanic who steps forward should be prepared to be in the liberal establishment’s cross hairs.
Hopefully, Hispanic groups will not maintain the same silence that black and feminists do when the left’s thought police come after Rubio, Cruz, or any other Hispanic who dares offer a different political point of view.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.
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