By Dave Andrusko
26 days until the 2018 mid-term elections. We know that pro-life control of the House and the Senate could both be at risk. But pro-lifers don’t need that dire possibility to focus our attention.
As Karen Cross, NRLC’s Political Director, noted, we fully understand that it requires pro-life legislators to pass protective legislation, fend off pro-abortion initiatives, and confirm justices to the Supreme Court who understand the High Court’s proper role. All in the service of saving unborn babies.
Which is why a post that appeared yesterday at the pro-abortion Slate.com was so intriguing. “The Democrats Have a Latino Problem” is the headline for the story written by Leon Krause. The subhead is “Hispanic voters were supposed to be the party’s future. It’s not working out that way.”
It’s very much reading in its entirety, even though is filled with anti-Trump vitriol. The two essential points are as follows:
Contrary to the dreams/wishes/hopes of a slew of Democratic politicians and strategists, Hispanics are not an essentially monolithic Democratic voting bloc. And while the size of the bloc is growing (“Latino voters make up about 12 percent of the American electorate, with more than 27 million eligible voters”), the question, Krause writes, “is whether Hispanic turnout will increase as well. So far, it doesn’t look promising.”
It’s amazing that Krause does not address the obvious consideration that “Latinos” can be Cubans or Puerto Ricans or Dominicans or Mexicans or South or Central Americans, etc.—you get the point. Their cultures, experiences, ages, marital status, and the time they have lived in the United States, to name just a few factors, will all influence how they vote.
So while it may drive Krause nuts (and it does), the results of last week’s NPR/PBS/Marist poll are not surprising.
41 percent of Hispanics approved of Trump’s performance (black Americans? 12 percent). This is no outlier. Another recent poll put Trump’s approval among Latinos at 35 percent.
Krause observes this would put Trump
within about 10 points of Barack Obama’s 49 percent approval among Hispanic at roughly the same time in his presidency.
How interesting and how utterly predictable that a pro-abort would be unable to understand why Latinos could approve of President Trump’s performance.