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Why the GOP Lost Voters Like Me (Geraldo Rivera on Immigration)
New York Post ^ | February 24, 2008 | Geraldo Rivera

Posted on 02/24/2008 1:37:15 PM PST by lowbridge

No political party can prevail nationally on Anglo votes alone, so the long-term danger to Republicans is that their party is sending a message to Latinos that it doesn't want us.

"There has been too much of an anti-immigration tone," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Belart, a South Florida Republican congressmen, told USA Today. "When people start to perceive that immigrants are being put in the same category as a threat to national security, it's hard to get your message across."

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"Bush has worked incredibly hard for his Hispanic vote share. He reversed historic Republican Party positions on issues of importance to Hispanics and showed a willingness to listen to the needs of the Latino community."

That respectful romance with Latinos ended abruptly in the lead up to the November 2006 elections, when extremists on immigration hijacked the GOP.

One of them, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, may wish he had taken a more moderate stance instead of essentially adopting the position of the Minutemen and similar radical anti-immigration groups. These groups promulgate their wildly exaggerated portrayal of a cascade of brown people overwhelming our southern borders, running loose to rape, steal and murder on the streets of our cities.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; geraldorivera; hispanicvote; immigrantlist; immigration; latinos
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1 posted on 02/24/2008 1:37:19 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

This bum never voted GOP. Too busy asking Harry Reems for his mustache tips.


2 posted on 02/24/2008 1:38:45 PM PST by Charles Bronson Forever
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To: lowbridge

Yeah, I can see his point. Refusing to surrender to an invasion force is so radical and extremist... to professional numbnuts like Jeraldo.


3 posted on 02/24/2008 1:38:58 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: lowbridge

It’s all about ME ME ME.


4 posted on 02/24/2008 1:39:38 PM PST by Fawn
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To: lowbridge

Riiigght....Jerry was for the GOP, except for “immigration” issues that changed him.


5 posted on 02/24/2008 1:39:48 PM PST by Shermy (Huckabee in the Cayman Islands while his wife was in a Las Vegas casino. $$ Laundromat??)
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To: lowbridge
I wonder what Gerald Rivers (Geraldo's real name) thinks of Mexico's handling of illegal aliens in their nation?

Oh riiiiight...wanting to kick out illegal aliens is "extremist" only when it's Americans giving them the boot.

6 posted on 02/24/2008 1:40:25 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: lowbridge

I think Hugh Hewitt once said it best (not specifically about Horrendo, as it turns out, but it fits):

“The respect of some people is not worth having.”


7 posted on 02/24/2008 1:41:08 PM PST by RichInOC (Stupidity is its own punishment...but too many media people think they're exempt.)
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To: Grimmy

How the DNC lost voters like me (Grimmy’s view)

I just can’t stand a politcal organization that wont go the final measure and call itself what it is. If the DNC is gonna quack like a bunch of commie bastards, they should just come out and be commie bastards.

Can’t stand radical halfassedness.


8 posted on 02/24/2008 1:41:23 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: lowbridge
"There has been too much of an anti-immigration tone," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Belart, a South Florida Republican congressmen, told USA Today.

Anti-ILLEGAL-immigrant tone, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Belart. Anti-ILLEGAL-immigrant.

Get it through your thick skull.

Stupid Republicans.

9 posted on 02/24/2008 1:41:39 PM PST by Texas Eagle (Could pacifists exist if there weren't people brave enough to go to war for their right to exist?)
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To: Grimmy

I don’t believe what Jerry Rivera tells me when he has video to back it up. I sure don’t trust him when he tells me about his imperfect memory of his imperfect voting preferences.

We let him immigrate from Puerto Rico. He should feel lucky that we went that far.


10 posted on 02/24/2008 1:41:46 PM PST by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: Digital Sniper

Jerry Rivers was a ‘911 Republican’ - voted for Bush because of his War on Terror stance. I would be willing to bet in local and house/senate races, Jerry was and is a pretty staunch Dim.


11 posted on 02/24/2008 1:42:01 PM PST by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: donmeaker

This is the same jackass that accompanied a high risk patrol in Afghanistan and then set up lights for his live shot after they settled into their night security position.

This retard is a danger to himself and others.


12 posted on 02/24/2008 1:44:06 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: lowbridge
One of them, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, may wish he had taken a more moderate stance instead of essentially adopting the position of the Minutemen and similar radical anti-immigration groups.

Thank God for Senator Cornyn.

He's having to fight US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Tx. Gov. Rick Perry who are finding ways not to get a Texas border fence built.

13 posted on 02/24/2008 1:44:28 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: lowbridge

This is a good sign for the GOP. Geraldo is a POS.


14 posted on 02/24/2008 1:45:46 PM PST by Rosemont (NY Times: Out to slime McPain and crown Hussein)
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To: Texas Eagle
"There has been too much of an anti-immigration tone," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Belart, a South Florida Republican congressmen, told USA Today.

Anti-ILLEGAL-immigrant tone, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Belart. Anti-ILLEGAL-immigrant.

I will admit there were and are a few fringe anti-immigrant racist nut-cases that joined in on the anti-illegal crusade. Most of us in the anti-illegal movement went out of our way to decry these people and disown them. Of course, the media always went out of their way to find these folks and feature them as 'the typical anti-illegal activist'.

Which of course opened teh door for asshats like Graham to call all of us anti-illegal voters bigots. Mmmmm, boy, that really encourages warm feelings of party unity and loyalty, being called a bigot by a party leader.

15 posted on 02/24/2008 1:46:09 PM PST by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: lowbridge

Whenever an article has a first person pronoun in the title, you can count on it being written by Whoreraldo or the Rapist-in-Chief.


16 posted on 02/24/2008 1:46:18 PM PST by Biblebelter (I will NEVER EVER vote for McCain or any other current Senator.)
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To: lowbridge

When did the lying, blabbering fool Whoraldo ever vote Republican?

For that matter, in what presidential race did a majority of Latinos ever vote Republican?


17 posted on 02/24/2008 1:46:19 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: lowbridge

Jerry Rivers was always a lefty.


18 posted on 02/24/2008 1:46:40 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: lowbridge
Wonder why he loves Mike Huckabee so much?

sw

19 posted on 02/24/2008 1:46:54 PM PST by spectre (spectre's wife)
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To: lowbridge

Oh really, when was Jerry a Republican?

He’s such a dope.


20 posted on 02/24/2008 1:47:06 PM PST by dforest
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To: lowbridge

What a crock. Because conservatives do not want anyone who can crawl across the border to receive all the benefits of the USA illegally, we hate Hispanics?? How stupid is that?

If you had a picnic, Geraldo, and set out all the food on the picnic table for your family, and 12 strange families came up and ate about 80% of your carefully prepared meal, would it matter one whit whether those people were white, Chinese, Hungarian, or Nigerian??


21 posted on 02/24/2008 1:47:48 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: lowbridge

Enforcing the law, and deporting illegal aliens is not an extreme positiion. It is law enforcement. There is nothing to apologize for.


22 posted on 02/24/2008 1:48:03 PM PST by Rosemont (NY Times: Out to slime McPain and crown Hussein)
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To: lowbridge

John McCain will win a lot of hispanic votes not only because of his positions on immigration, but because the guy is a war hero, patriot and anti-communist.


23 posted on 02/24/2008 1:48:24 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: lowbridge

He should go back to researching “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults”, LOL


24 posted on 02/24/2008 1:48:51 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: lowbridge
"There has been too much of an anti-immigration tone," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Belart, a South Florida Republican congressmen, told USA Today. "When people start to perceive that immigrants are being put in the same category as a threat to national security, it's hard to get your message across."

Who is this friggin moron, and why is it so difficult for morons like this guy to distinguish between "immigrants" and "ILLEGAL ALIENS"?

25 posted on 02/24/2008 1:48:59 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: spectre

Huckster has loved the illegals. Needed to keep the Tyson factories well stocked with slave labor.


26 posted on 02/24/2008 1:49:12 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: lowbridge

Its embarrassingly racist to assume that all hispanic voters favor illegal immigration, or that none of them comprehend rule of law.

The GOP should simply stand for what it stands for. It will get the voters who agree with it. You don’t want the others, except as you manage to persuade them.


27 posted on 02/24/2008 1:49:17 PM PST by marron
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To: lowbridge

Whorealdo’s comments simply prove the point...

A non English speaking population, made up from ILLEGAL immigrants who refuse to assimilate, will never be Americans..

They will simply be Mexicans or XXXXXXX transplanted illegally in America...sucking the life blood and finances from an ignorant and too tolerant population.


28 posted on 02/24/2008 1:50:06 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: lowbridge
They think Latin"s are freeholders and welfare cheats who are too lazy to learn English. They think Latinos have too many babies, and that Latino kids will dumb down our schools. They think Latinos are dirty, diseased, indolent, and more prone to criminal behavior. They think Latinos are just too different from us to become real Americans."

I've never heard anyone state that, imply it, or infer it (until this article).

These people are intruders, they are trespassers and invaders. As a group, they are draining our social systems. More than any other group, they are a danger on our highways (ignoring traffic laws and being uninsured), and they are disproportinally responsible for violent crime.

If they want to be Americans, they should enter the country legally, learn our language, and obey our laws.

29 posted on 02/24/2008 1:50:10 PM PST by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Grimmy

Tell it to the Serbs.


30 posted on 02/24/2008 1:50:12 PM PST by MarMema (kosovo will always be Serbian)
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To: puroresu

He claims to have supported Bush, and that is not really hard to imagine. Geraldo does appear to be pro-troops, although I don’t pay enough attention to him to know for sure, and everyone with two brain cells firing knows that Geraldo would vote for a mailbox post if it was pro-illegal.


31 posted on 02/24/2008 1:50:28 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: lowbridge

Jeraldo lost me as a viewer many moons ago.


32 posted on 02/24/2008 1:50:48 PM PST by Parmy
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To: lowbridge
Geraldo, now if only FOX would lose you!!!
33 posted on 02/24/2008 1:51:20 PM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Fawn

Geraldo is a big time bozo,big time!


34 posted on 02/24/2008 1:52:22 PM PST by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: fish hawk

He fits right in with a lot of them. And FOX is only getting worse.


35 posted on 02/24/2008 1:53:49 PM PST by M203M4 (True Universal Suffrage: Pets of dead illegal-immigrant felons voting Democrat (twice))
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To: lowbridge

Geraldo is so full of sh!t. He only supports hispanic/latino immigration. If the illegals were almost exclusively from Scandinavia instead of Mexico and Latin America I venture to say he would be vociferously anti-immigration.

Hell, he’s on record as referring to the illegals from Mexico and Latin America as “America’s guests!”

Whenever Geraldo speaks something is subtracted from the sum total of human knowledge.


36 posted on 02/24/2008 1:54:19 PM PST by ought-six
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To: lowbridge

Geraldo reveals his racism the minute he opens his mouth.


37 posted on 02/24/2008 1:55:00 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
everyone with two brain cells firing knows that Geraldo would vote for a mailbox post if it was pro-illegal.

Good one! LOL!

38 posted on 02/24/2008 1:55:22 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: MarMema

“Tell it to the Serbs.”

Tell em what?

And, why, pray tell, should I really give a squat what the Serbs feel about any damn thing?

What have they done for us, lately?


39 posted on 02/24/2008 1:57:14 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: lowbridge

senor geraldo, por favor

siéntese abajo y

cierre su boca

¡engañas!


40 posted on 02/24/2008 1:57:35 PM PST by flat
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To: Parmy

I can’t stand him thank god for the remote.


41 posted on 02/24/2008 1:57:49 PM PST by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; spectre
Mike Huckabee has signed Senator Jeff Sessions 15 point pledge against illegals.

****If we hadn't had Senator Sessions exposing the truth of the Bush/McCain/Kennedy Amnesty Bill on the Senate floor last June, we would never have known (until too late) what they had been planning in secret!***

Mike Huckabee is endorsed by Duncan Hunter & James Dobson----They are keeping Mike Huckabee's feet to the fire.

....also has Chuck Norris campaigning with him.

My estimate of Mike Huckabee has risen considerably.

42 posted on 02/24/2008 1:57:59 PM PST by Guenevere (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.)
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To: marron

As a conservative Latina, I agree. Remember the Spanish-language Republican debate? Duncan Hunter explained his strict anti-illegals position to that audience. He didn’t change his position or try to pander. And they applauded him.

The only boos at that debate were for Ron Paul when he suggested we should kiss up to Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.


43 posted on 02/24/2008 1:58:11 PM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: AzSteven
Which of course opened teh door for asshats like Graham to call all of us anti-illegal voters bigots.

McCain and Huckabee have said virtually the same thing. Welcome to the Big Tent. Conservatives, stand outside.

44 posted on 02/24/2008 1:59:14 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: marron

“Its embarrassingly racist to assume that all hispanic voters favor illegal immigration, or that none of them comprehend rule of law.”

Well, first off, “hispanic” is not a race, it is a language group. That being said, I agree with you that there are a lot of American-born hispanics and those who came here legally who are dead-set against the illegals.


45 posted on 02/24/2008 1:59:24 PM PST by ought-six
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To: Charles Bronson Forever
What is HE whining about HIS pro Amnesty GOP candidate, McCain Won.

He’s just fishing for an excuse to vote for Obama

46 posted on 02/24/2008 2:00:30 PM PST by RedMonqey
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To: AzSteven

I’m of German heritage.

I don’t want millions of German high school drop outs in America.

I don’t want millions of college educated Germans in America competing for the same work I do.

Question to Hispanic Americans:

Why do you want those things?


47 posted on 02/24/2008 2:00:51 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: lowbridge

Oh cry me a Rio Grande, Geraldo. You scumbag. You KNOW you NEVER voted for the GOP in your life.

Here’s a couple of tips to help you get a clue:

1) We’re not “anti-immigration”.... we’re anti ILLEGAL immigration. There’s a HUGE difference.

2) Illegal immigrants, themselves, are not the national security threat (although, they are beginning to threaten national identity in some areas). The OPEN FREAKING BORDER is the security threat. It’s a flashing sign for any and all angry Muslims on how to enter the US w/o scrutiny.

Why in the world does ANY network give this cretin any respect?


48 posted on 02/24/2008 2:01:19 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim
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To: Lancey Howard

It’s deliberate spin to make all anti-illegal-immigrants look like blanket-anti-immigrant-xenophobes.

It’s no accident they always drop the word “illegal”.


49 posted on 02/24/2008 2:01:58 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: zeestephen

Um, I’m an American of Hispanic heritage and I don’t want those things.


50 posted on 02/24/2008 2:02:15 PM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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