Government & Politics | November 4 & 5,
Exchange with a Latino DNC Member
Snags Much More of the Latino Vote, Exit Polls Show: His 7
percentage-point gain in support over 2000 is a strategic
political win. But the constituency's support is considered
'volatile.'" by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, in the Los
Angeles Times, I wrote the following to the DNC member...
Personally, I think
Bush appeals to a lot of Latinos for the same reason he does to a
lot of Rust Belt Dem's -- cultural conservatism. But we've won
them in the past with our economic stands, and I think we can
again, IF we frame them -- rightly -- in "family values"
terms. What's your perspective?
...to which he
replied, in part...
There was never a
plan nor a budget given to the Latino vote.
...to which I
see. That was a BIG mistake...There was too little
connection between the leadership and the grassroots in general
(working people, people of color, the poor...). I'm afraid
it will take a crisis to re-unite us -- even more than the crisis
of this election. A national crisis, even more than the
war in Iraq. I'm sure Bush will provide more than one.
I just hope the people at large wake up and wise up.
Leadership can be changed. It's always "the
people" I worry about the most.
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