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All Hispanic Governors soon to be Republican as well as majority of female Governors

So, they keep telling us that Republicans are the white men’s party.  Well, please tell that to Representatives-elect Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Allen West, both African-American Republicans, elected from the South.

And then there are the Republican Governors.  Brian Sandoval will soon become Nevada’s first Hispanic Governor.  This Latino will be joined in the Republican Governors’ Association by a truly wise Latina, New Mexico’s Governor-elect Susana Martinez.  When she replaces incumbent Bill Richardson, the only Hispanic governors will be Republican.

Mrs. Martinez will not the only woman taking over as chief executive of a state.  She’ll be joined by Oklahoma’s Mary Fallin and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, both also Republicans.  Together with Jan Brewer, elected to her first full term in Arizona, there will soon be four female Republican governors — compared to two Democratic women helming states (Washington’s Christine Gregoire and North Carolina’s Bev Perdue).

Oh and Mrs. Haley joins Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal as one of only two American governors of Indian extraction.  He is also a Republican.

Kind of defeats the narrative now, doesn’t?

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  1. “Republicans are the white men’s party.”

    That’s the same discourse in the area I grew up in – which is about 75% Hispanic – even though there are highly visible Hispanic Republican candidates down there and the area is socially conservative.

    That and I’m Hispanic, but also vote Republican. It confuses my parents. Ha.

    Comment by RobertTheCat — November 4, 2010 @ 2:57 am - November 4, 2010

  2. Right on, GP! Univision and Telemundo are always goin’ on about the importance of “el voto Latino”–the imaginary “monolithic” Latino voting block that they think they’re projecting. Leftist, of course.
    We’ll see how they paint last night’s Hispanic conservative wins.

    Comment by MVH — November 4, 2010 @ 3:41 am - November 4, 2010

  3. MVH, it wasn’t just the governors. Don’t forget Sen.-elect Rubio (R-FL) or Rep-elect Labrador (R-ID).

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 4, 2010 @ 3:45 am - November 4, 2010

  4. And Representative Justin Amash, an Arab-American Republican elected from Michigan’s very conservative 3rd District.

    Comment by V the K — November 4, 2010 @ 5:43 am - November 4, 2010

  5. Republicans still failed to get even close to parity with Hispanic voters however, which is why California went to Brown and Boxer. I think it helps to have representation in the party because we will need them in 2012 to turn around a lopsided Democratic advantage in the Hispanic vote.

    Comment by darkeyedresolve — November 4, 2010 @ 7:44 am - November 4, 2010

  6. President Rubio and Vice President Martinez should settle the issue.

    Comment by V the K — November 4, 2010 @ 7:52 am - November 4, 2010

  7. Dan, while it’s important for the GOP to make sure that voters be disabused of the MSM notion that it is a party of rich white men, what we probably need to really do is find a way to reject the harsh voices inside and outside the Party urging a full bore attack on illegal immigration at the expense of turning off hispanic, native born voters.

    Angle may have proved the point and fed into her opponents’ ready-to-punch fists.

    We’ve got to get a whole lot smarter about dealing with hispanic voters and finding a way to resolve illegal immigration issues without losing what Karl Rove knows is the 3rd leg of the stool to keep winning elections.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 4, 2010 @ 10:36 am - November 4, 2010

  8. Michigan Matt, I find it a little insulting that you automatically assume that simply because someone is Hispanic they would not support a candidate that supports strong immigration legislation. There are plenty of Hispanics in this country that came here legally that believe just as strongly in securing our border and respecting the rule of law in this country. Being Hispanic doesn’t automatically mean that you support illegal immigration or amnesty. What is important for the GOP is to stay true to the fundamental principles it espouses and not to abandon those principles in order to appease any particular group of potential voters just to stay in power. Maybe being honest and standing behind what they say they believe will sway voters more than being a bunch of flip-flopping, spineless ass kissers will!

    Comment by Kristie — November 4, 2010 @ 10:23 pm - November 4, 2010

  9. Dan, while it’s important for the GOP to make sure that voters be disabused of the MSM notion that it is a party of rich white men, what we probably need to really do is find a way to reject the harsh voices inside and outside the Party urging a full bore attack on illegal immigration at the expense of turning off hispanic, native born voters.

    Or, put differently, we need to buy into the Obama Party theory that people will support even rank criminal acts by those who share the same skin color or ethnic background as they do.

    I have a better idea. The GOP will do its best to support and encourage legal immigration and reward those who follow and play by the rules.

    It will be an implacable force of opposition to those who do not.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 4, 2010 @ 11:49 pm - November 4, 2010

  10. Kristie,

    Intersting point, if I may piggy back. Via Michelle, it looks like the NYT and Newsweek are hinting that a chunk of the Reid vote came from the least assimilated in Nevada. Likely there are at least some illegals in there.

    Between that, and President Obama’s appearance on Univision exhorting the Latinos to punish our enemies and the lovely Loretta Sanchez’s extoling in Spanish to keep the Vietnamese out of ‘her’ seat, mayhaps the Conservative message of unity needs to be brodcast on Univision as well.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 5, 2010 @ 8:08 am - November 5, 2010

  11. NDXXX, you can try to “put it differently” but the simple truth is that we need about 45-50% of the hispanic vote to win elections nationwide… need, not want. Silly shots from your cheap seat won’t get us there.

    You’re lucky, you can sit on the sofa and take cheap seat shots… guys like me have to get the candidate elected and governing before guys like you can agitate for pet policy preferences –no matter how absurd or inane.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 5, 2010 @ 10:56 am - November 5, 2010

  12. “You’re lucky, you can sit on the sofa and take cheap seat shots… guys like me have to get the candidate elected keep throwing RINOs at you only to whine like petulant children when tehy get beat in primaries.”

    Fixed it.

    Or to quote Obi-Won…

    Jim: What about the Tea Party?

    Obi-Wan Kenobi: What about it? I’m laughing at Larry Sabato saying people are texting him that the Tea Partiers cost the GOP a 50-50 Senate. What an insiders’ “who are these newcomers?” reaction. Just as the Goldwater movement transformed the GOP from an Eastern and pretty liberal party into a conservative one and gave us Reagan, the Tea Party folk have brought great new energy as well as people to politics, including millions of Americans who were part of the old Perot coalition and now realize they are conservatives who should be identifying with Republicans. The consultants can’t stand these people cause they aren’t politically housebroken and as candidates even question their production costs and agency fees.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 5, 2010 @ 12:15 pm - November 5, 2010

  13. Bugger. Obi-Wan

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 5, 2010 @ 12:15 pm - November 5, 2010

  14. NDXXX, you can try to “put it differently” but the simple truth is that we need about 45-50% of the hispanic vote to win elections nationwide… need, not want.

    Michigan-Matt, your belief that all Hispanic individuals will support and endorse criminal behavior by people who are of the same ethnicity or skin color as they is frankly racist.

    I hold Hispanic individuals to the same standard that I do white people, which is that they are more than capable of recognizing right and wrong regardless of their skin color or the color of the skin of the person committing an act. And that is where the stake will be thrown into the ground — that if you want to come to this country, you will respect our laws and our processes in the course of doing it.

    If Hispanic people are as racist as you think — granted, examples like Sonia Sotomayer make it obvious that several are — then Republicans should not only not care about having them in a “coalition”, but should offer complete and implacable opposition to their racist beliefs. Let them belong to the party of Obama, the party of racists.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 5, 2010 @ 11:38 pm - November 5, 2010

  15. You’re lucky, you can sit on the sofa and take cheap seat shots… guys like me have to get the candidate elected and governing before guys like you can agitate for pet policy preferences –no matter how absurd or inane.

    You amuse me, Michigan-Matt.

    Do you think us naive enough to believe that you will stop making excuses for criminals once you are elected?

    Why do establishment Republicans like yourself lie and make promises to voters that you will never keep? Because your Obama Party friends do it?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 5, 2010 @ 11:40 pm - November 5, 2010

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