Latinos are not enthused by Obama’s failure to work on a broken immigration system. Most Latino families know a friend or relative that has been deported — many of which make up the non-criminal element.
Latinos believe Obama lied to them, and he did. He didn’t deliver. Of course you know and I know come 2012 time that he will take all the GOP politicians who are on the record for welcoming “Operation Wetback”, referring to undocumented babies as inanimate objects, reminding Latinos who voted against the DREAM Act… and he will try to use radio and media to remind Hispanics that the “evil” GOP hates Latinos.
Truth of it is — both parties have their fringe elements that hate Latinos, but unfortunately the GOP has been the one where several birther politicians have been most vocal against us.
He will get them fired up, but will Latinos take the bait? Hopefully not.
From the National Journal:
There’s no sign of wavering in Obama’s black support. But in 2010, exit polls found that the Democratic vote in House elections dipped among both young people (to 55 percent) and Latinos (to 60 percent). In Gallup’s weekly averages of its tracking poll, Obama’s approval rating has reached 60 percent among Latinos only once since January—and has never been that high among young people. His ratings among both groups have fallen below 50 percent over the past two weeks; among Latinos, he’s at his lowest level ever.
Against those warning signs, the White House is betting that these young and minority voters will mostly look forward, not back, as they choose in 2012. Recent Gallup polling shows that while young people and minorities are more negative than older whites about their current economic circumstances, they are also more optimistic about their financial future. One senior White House official argues that such optimism suggests a residual faith in Obama. The president will also benefit, the official maintained, from drawing contrasts with a GOP nominee likely to be tugged toward conservative positions on issues ranging from immigration reform to retrenching student loans. Previewing a likely Obama case, the official argued: “These are also the people who will be hurt most by the policies of our opponents.”
Those are plausible arguments. But second-term presidential elections almost always unfold less as a choice than as a referendum on the incumbent. And that means Obama has placed a huge wager by embracing a fiscal strategy that denies him many tools to directly address the continuing struggles of African-Americans, Latinos, and young people. They may be at the margin of the economy, but they’re at the center of his electoral coalition.