Sunday, May 6, 2007

The New Republican Base: Hispanics?

Grover's long been doing outreach to Muslims, but perhaps he should concentrate more on Hispanics. Former RNC chair Ken Mehlman crunches the numbers on why the GOP should tread carefully vis-a-vis its anti-immigration wing:

Hispanic-Americans tend to be conservative. Last year, pollster David Winston asked registered voters to rate themselves on a 1 to 9 scale from very liberal to very conservative. He found that, overall, the country was center-right and Hispanic-Americans viewed themselves slightly to the right of the country as a whole.

Hispanic outreach is not only natural for the GOP, it is crucial. The Hispanic community is the fastest growing segment of our country, and it is huge. There are 10 million more Hispanics in the U.S. than there are Canadians in Canada. If this population were a Latin American country, it would be the third largest. It would also be the richest. Salsa outsells ketchup and tacos outsell hot dogs. Univision is the channel where more Americans get their evening news than any other.