The Latino vote is now a strong political force, and both parties (all parties) need to start paying attention or they will risk losing power. One of the most important issues for Latino voters, besides the economy which is a national concern, is Immigration reform and re-elected President Obama will need to work towards comprehensive reform on these next four years and create a solid result if Democrats want to reach the White House in 2016. What this election has proved is that Latinos are no longer a weak minority that can be pushed around.
It is true that many Latinos are actually more conservative on social issues and that is an aspect that the Republican party needs to address to find a stronger connection or they will be unable to reach across the lines. While George W. Bush was able to relate with the Latino community, Romney was unable to do so. The point is that Republicans have been able to capture the Latino vote before and if they want to do it again, they’re going to have to start looking for the Latino binders.
Speaking of binders, the so-called war on women had a clear winner yesterday: women. As Akin and Mourdock stayed in the race even after their controversial comments regarding rape and abortion, women and voters in general decided enough was enough, and shut them down. What is the message? Don’t mess with rape and don’t mess with women’s rights. Rape is rape and it’s a horrible situation, and regardless of what stance anyone can take with regards to conception and abortion, the comments from these candidates were despicable and show a deep lack of knowledge of women’s issues. The Republican party needs to understand that whether they are pro-life or not, they can not mandate the same beliefs on everyone, this is no longer a country where only one voice exists. It doesn’t mean they need to sacrifice their own beliefs, but they need to sit at the table and find a compromise.
Ironically, the Latino vote could be the answer to the Republican party’s woes on abortion and women’s rights. A large portion of the Latino community is deeply religious and is against abortion, so that’s something they’re going to want to explore. I have a feeling that once Latinos investigate more into the Democrat party and see how progressive they are on social issues, they’ll start looking at the Republican party as an option, but not until the GOP comes to terms with the diversity issues that it has long ignored.
The Romney headquarters and the Obama headquarters yesterday showed a stark contrast of color. While Romney said his concession in front of a mostly white audience, Obama spoke in front of whites, Asians, African Americans, Latinos, LGBT folks, and more. It’s clear that minorities don’t feel represented by the GOP. It’s also clear that this is a new United States of America, and it’s going to be difficult to get so many voices together and get things working again, but it needs to happen.