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Snowe: GOP Could Be Alienating Hispanics
National Journal ^ | 2009-08-09 | Amy Harder

Posted on 08/07/2009 8:15:45 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

Olympia Snowe said today that her Republican colleagues' pending "no" votes on Sonia Sotomayor raise "a serious concern" about alienating their Hispanic constituencies. The Maine moderate was among the first GOP lawmakers to say she would vote yes, joining Mel Martinez of Florida and Richard Lugar of Indiana on July 17.

Snowe told reporters that voting for Sotomayor "would have certainly been an avenue for appealing to the Hispanic community, where we did poorly in the last election. I think we can ill afford to lose their support in the future when we're attempting to rebuild the Republican Party nationally," she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at ninthjustice.nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Maine; Issues
KEYWORDS: gopsellouts; hispandering; hispanicvote; immigration; rino; snowe; sotomayor
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1 posted on 08/07/2009 8:15:46 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

STFU


2 posted on 08/07/2009 8:16:53 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: rabscuttle385

Nonsense. The Hispanic vote isn’t going to conservatives anyway and we probably should stop daydreaming about it.


3 posted on 08/07/2009 8:17:02 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh please. Nobody said the Dems were alienating Hispanics when they tore apart the supremely well qualified Miguel Estrada and destroyed his nomination.


4 posted on 08/07/2009 8:17:21 AM PDT by livius
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To: rabscuttle385

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 08/07/2009 8:17:33 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: rabscuttle385

I’m really tired of identity politics. The GOP needs to start banging the drum that they could care less about anyone’s race and that anyone who mentions it is clearly racist. That’s how the argument should be framed.


6 posted on 08/07/2009 8:17:50 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Hey Olympia why don’t you drop the facade and just switch parties and be done with it


7 posted on 08/07/2009 8:17:53 AM PDT by clamper1797 (An Kenyan KGB agent could not do a better job as president)
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To: Doogle

You beat me to it!!


8 posted on 08/07/2009 8:18:07 AM PDT by Batman11 (Chicago, Land of Lincoln who freed the slaves and Land of Obama who enslaved the free.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Well they’ve sure been alienating Conservatives.


9 posted on 08/07/2009 8:18:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rabscuttle385

“I think we can ill afford to lose their support in the future when we’re attempting to rebuild the Republican Party nationally,” she said.”

Yep. Except, then we are no longer the Republican Party when we start pandering. Dipsh*t...what the hell happened to Maine? Overrun by Massholes?


10 posted on 08/07/2009 8:18:49 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: rabscuttle385
Snowe's statements make about as much sense as saying you could alienate white voters by refusing to confirm David Duke.

Yeah, I know, there is a higher percentage of Hispanic racists than white racists, but the Republicans aren't going to outdo the Democrats in pandering to them. Just see how much good Hispandering did for John McCain's vote totals!

11 posted on 08/07/2009 8:19:05 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: rabscuttle385
raise "a serious concern" about alienating their Hispanic constituencies

It would alienate only the racist Hispanics. ....who of course would never vote GOP anyway.

12 posted on 08/07/2009 8:19:32 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: rabscuttle385

Sotomayor was incompetent to sit on the High Court.

Enough of this nonsense. You’re “alientating” ME and millions more like me. We’re a helluva lot more important than any racist voters you are pandering to.


13 posted on 08/07/2009 8:20:01 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: rabscuttle385
These dolts are clueless when it comes to conservative principles. Conservatives are colorblind no matter their race. To suggest that all Hispanics are hopelessly Liberal is racist in itself!
14 posted on 08/07/2009 8:20:03 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: rabscuttle385

Stick to things that you know about, Mam!! Someone from Maine knows nothing about this subject.


15 posted on 08/07/2009 8:20:18 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: rabscuttle385

SO?

8 years of GW Bush pandering didn’t help.
His hispanic Supreme Court and other high court nominees didn’t result in any increase in hispanic or media support.

Why bother?
Stick to principals and let the dem’s pander.


16 posted on 08/07/2009 8:20:31 AM PDT by G Larry ( Obamacare=Dying in Line!)
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To: rabscuttle385
Kissing the ass of La Raza will win the GOP no plaudits, but will embolden them in their desire to make the US a Latin American colony.
17 posted on 08/07/2009 8:20:37 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (It's what people know about themselves inside that makes them afraid.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Olympia needs to pull a Specter.


18 posted on 08/07/2009 8:20:41 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: rabscuttle385

WFC? Hispanics want to make us into Nuevo Mexico, it seems. They won’t vote for conservatives (although I realize the fallacy of that argument with regards to Snowe).

Yet another example of the enemy telling us how we should act in order to gain power...insanity...


19 posted on 08/07/2009 8:21:11 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: livius

Exactly!!!!!!


20 posted on 08/07/2009 8:21:22 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: livius

Bingo. We have a winner.


21 posted on 08/07/2009 8:21:43 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: rabscuttle385

Listenhillary to the Hispanics and Olympia Snowe. We’re broke and out of gas. If you want to chip in and help push, welcome. If you want to hop in the wagon while we push, stay home.


22 posted on 08/07/2009 8:21:47 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: rabscuttle385

If we have to sell out our principles, sell out our core to appeal to this group, screw that group. Let’s focus on keeping them out, instead.


23 posted on 08/07/2009 8:21:49 AM PDT by raptor29
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To: rabscuttle385

GOP needs to give “Hispanics” more Hope ‘n Change.

Starting with free “health care reform” for 25 million++ Mexican/Honduran/Salvadorean/Guatemalan illegal aliens.

And free spanking new American identities.

And free perpetual “Z Visas.”


24 posted on 08/07/2009 8:21:57 AM PDT by angkor (The U.S. Congress is at war with America.)
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Hey RINO, I got your 'alienation' right here...

25 posted on 08/07/2009 8:22:10 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: rabscuttle385

So basically Snowe’s YES vote is ‘zero’ about Sotomayor’s abilities and EVERYTHING about her pandering to hispanic voters.

I smell fraud.


26 posted on 08/07/2009 8:22:42 AM PDT by ActrFshr
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To: andy58-in-nh

>>>> Kissing the ass of La Raza will win the GOP no plaudits <<<<

The esteemed Republican Senator Pansy Graham has that market cornered.


27 posted on 08/07/2009 8:23:24 AM PDT by angkor (The U.S. Congress is at war with America.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh, you mean the GOP is at risk of losing that huge swell of Hispanic support it got when Miguel Estrada was shot down by Dems?


28 posted on 08/07/2009 8:23:34 AM PDT by Sloth (Irony: Freepers who call Ron Paul a "nut" but swallow all the birth certificate conspiracy crap.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh good Lord don’t these clowns ever stop?


29 posted on 08/07/2009 8:24:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: rabscuttle385
This is like asking blacks, gays, the homeless, druggies, welfare whores, governmnet workers, and other leeches to join the GOP.

Hey Olympia, IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN! So STFU already!

30 posted on 08/07/2009 8:24:23 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: rabscuttle385

Stuff it Snowe! They think they have the pulse on the American people. My husband of over 3 decades (Puerto Rican from the South Bronx who worked his way out and up) absolutely detests Sotomayor and everything she stands for. There are plenty of conservative hispanics out here for the GOP to tap into.


31 posted on 08/07/2009 8:24:25 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Doogle

Hey, Olympia, STOWE IT!!

Ask me if I shiv a git about how 20 million hispanic lawbreakers feel about that.


32 posted on 08/07/2009 8:25:12 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (ELECTION 2010 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF OUR LIFETIME! If you have to ask why, UR part of the problem!)
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To: brytlea

>>> I’m really tired of identity politics. <<<

It’s disgusting and revolting.

We let our Congress play this sickening game to our detriment.


33 posted on 08/07/2009 8:25:19 AM PDT by angkor (The U.S. Congress is at war with America.)
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To: Doogle

Oh and she would not want to upset all the hispanics in Maine or they both may vote for the opposition.


34 posted on 08/07/2009 8:25:46 AM PDT by CoastWatcher
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To: ActrFshr

“So basically Snowe’s YES vote is ‘zero’ about Sotomayor’s abilities and EVERYTHING about her pandering to hispanic voters.”

Precisely!


35 posted on 08/07/2009 8:25:46 AM PDT by AuntB (Tired of Left/right coast globalist party power brokers? How 'bout THE HEARTLAND AMERICA PARTY??)
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To: angkor
The esteemed Republican Senator Pansy Graham has that market cornered.

I think he's got a thing for tall, dark leather-clad strangers with pencil mustaches.

36 posted on 08/07/2009 8:26:32 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (It's what people know about themselves inside that makes them afraid.)
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To: brytlea

my exact thoughts -—

I’m really tired of identity politics. The GOP needs to start banging the drum that they could care less about anyone’s race and that anyone who mentions it is clearly racist. That’s how the argument should be framed.


37 posted on 08/07/2009 8:27:09 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: BertWheeler

The exception to what you say MIGHT be the OLDER Cubans who understand what socialism does to a nation and fled here to get away from a system Obama is hell-bent on installing here.

Not so sure about THEIR kids if they attended the government school indoctrination centers.


38 posted on 08/07/2009 8:28:17 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (ELECTION 2010 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF OUR LIFETIME! If you have to ask why, UR part of the problem!)
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To: rabscuttle385

In other words Ms Snowe is saying her colleagues should have voted for Sodomizer because of her race and not her ideology or track record.


39 posted on 08/07/2009 8:30:41 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: CPT Clay

Someone from Maine knows nothing about this subject.

Maine says it all.


40 posted on 08/07/2009 8:31:04 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: andy58-in-nh
That prissy little temper tantrum he threw on the Senate floor during 2007 "comprehensive immigration reform" fully convinced me that Pansy is a starting catcher for "the other team."

Maybe Nancyboy Graham is a better name for her him.

41 posted on 08/07/2009 8:31:30 AM PDT by angkor (The U.S. Congress is at war with America.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Were Democrats alienating Hispanics when they stonewalled Miguel Estrada?


42 posted on 08/07/2009 8:34:24 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: rabscuttle385

hmmmm, democrats vote against hispanic....... good republicans vote againt hispanic......bad


43 posted on 08/07/2009 8:35:18 AM PDT by lonster
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To: BertWheeler

Hispanics will never vote conservative.

Hispanics: a bloc that seeks power for itself and expresses hostility to America

http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/013900.html


44 posted on 08/07/2009 8:36:39 AM PDT by American Silver Eagle
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To: rabscuttle385

She is one racist bitch. Thinking Hispanics only care about the ethnicity of an individual and not their character. Isn’t it time we start pointing out the racism of these “moderates” because there is no other word for the way they look down on minorities as if they can not think or understand issues. Olympia Snow is talking the language of the new Jim Crow.


45 posted on 08/07/2009 8:37:32 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Why are those who claim to have open minds so afraid of open debate?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Translation:

[It won't work, Senator.]
46 posted on 08/07/2009 8:37:33 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: brytlea

Good luck with that. As far as they’re concerned only white people can be racist.


47 posted on 08/07/2009 8:38:00 AM PDT by American Silver Eagle
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To: rabscuttle385

So, calling out Sonia’s stances on judicial activism is something that may “alienate Hispanics?” Well, too effing bad. The process is either done right or not at all.

So, Miss Olympia...

Kindly STFU.


48 posted on 08/07/2009 8:41:36 AM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: TomGuy

“would have certainly been an avenue for appealing to the Hispanic community...”

AAAAAHHHH... so THAT’s the process for selecting lifetime, unelected justices to the highest court in the land. I see now! /SSSSSSSSSAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC


49 posted on 08/07/2009 8:43:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: rabscuttle385

She’s right.
Unless we can come up with a moderate candidate—preferably a war hero—who sponsors some sort of comprehensive immigration reform to show the Hispanics they are welcome, well, we could lose both houses of Congress & the White House, and the Supreme Court could become loaded with lefty ideologues.

Wait a second ....


50 posted on 08/07/2009 8:48:42 AM PDT by tumblindice
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