Skip to comments.Snowe: GOP Could Be Alienating Hispanics
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.
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Nonsense. The Hispanic vote isn’t going to conservatives anyway and we probably should stop daydreaming about it.
Oh please. Nobody said the Dems were alienating Hispanics when they tore apart the supremely well qualified Miguel Estrada and destroyed his nomination.
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.
Hey Olympia why don’t you drop the facade and just switch parties and be done with it
You beat me to it!!
Well they’ve sure been alienating Conservatives.
“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?
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!
It would alienate only the racist Hispanics. ....who of course would never vote GOP anyway.
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.
Stick to things that you know about, Mam!! Someone from Maine knows nothing about this subject.
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.
Stick to principals and let the dem’s pander.
Olympia needs to pull a Specter.
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...
Bingo. We have a winner.
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.
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.
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.”
So basically Snowe’s YES vote is ‘zero’ about Sotomayor’s abilities and EVERYTHING about her pandering to hispanic voters.
I smell fraud.
>>>> Kissing the ass of La Raza will win the GOP no plaudits <<<<
The esteemed Republican Senator Pansy Graham has that market cornered.
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?
Oh good Lord don’t these clowns ever stop?
Hey Olympia, IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN! So STFU already!
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.
Hey, Olympia, STOWE IT!!
Ask me if I shiv a git about how 20 million hispanic lawbreakers feel about that.
>>> Im really tired of identity politics. <<<
It’s disgusting and revolting.
We let our Congress play this sickening game to our detriment.
Oh and she would not want to upset all the hispanics in Maine or they both may vote for the opposition.
“So basically Snowes YES vote is zero about Sotomayors abilities and EVERYTHING about her pandering to hispanic voters.”
I think he's got a thing for tall, dark leather-clad strangers with pencil mustaches.
my exact thoughts -—
Im really tired of identity politics. The GOP needs to start banging the drum that they could care less about anyones race and that anyone who mentions it is clearly racist. Thats how the argument should be framed.
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.
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.
Someone from Maine knows nothing about this subject.
Maine says it all.
Maybe Nancyboy Graham is a better name for
Were Democrats alienating Hispanics when they stonewalled Miguel Estrada?
hmmmm, democrats vote against hispanic....... good republicans vote againt hispanic......bad
Hispanics will never vote conservative.
Hispanics: a bloc that seeks power for itself and expresses hostility to America
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.
Good luck with that. As far as they’re concerned only white people can be racist.
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...
“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
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 ....