The results of the 2012 election was, to be ridiculously cliche, a wake-up call for conservatives. When the dust settled, it was apparent that at least one of the reasons for Romney’s defeat on November 6th was the embarrassing drop in support from Hispanic voters, getting a paltry 27% of the vote according to exit polls.
I spoke on the issue of Hispanics back in May on Misfit Politics. What I said then is valid today: conservatives and the GOP must learn how to engage this rapidly growing electorate or else they will be faced with the possibility of losing a third time in a row in 2016.
To that end, Brittney Morrett (@bmorrett) and I, with the aid and contributions of Michelle Lancaster (@skigarmisch) and Ben Domenech (@bdomenech), have put together a comprehensive primer that is meant to reverse the trend of the Hispanic electorate bleeding away from the GOP. This paper is not just filled with finger-wagging rhetoric or to play the blame game. It is meant to highlight what the GOP and the conservative grassroots have been doing wrong, or haven’t been doing at all, when it comes to engaging the Hispanic electorate. But it doesn’t just stop at pointing out problems. It provides specific, substantive solutions to those problems. Solutions that can be remedied this very instant.
We hope that you will take the time to read what we have to say. We don’t expect you to agree with everything we say. We do expect, however, that you begin to take the issue seriously.