Latino vote could save Harry Reid and other Democrats

In mid-term elections that will be decided on the basis of turn-out — which candidate does the better job of getting his/her voters to the polls — some influential Spanish-language media outlets, including Univision, have launched last minute campaigns to get Spanish-speaking voters to go to the polls and cast their ballots. From The WSJ:

Days before the midterm elections, Spanish-language media have unveiled a get-out-the-vote blitz to energize Hispanic voters, whose turnout could be decisive in many races. . .

“There are 12 million Hispanic registered voters…If we all vote on Nov. 2, we will make a decisive impact,” says one spot featuring Judge Cristina Pereyra, star of the network’s court show, “Veredicto Final” (Final Verdict).

“We are going to be banging the drum of ‘You have to go vote, you have to go vote,’” said Ramon Escobar, Telemundo’s executive vice president of network news, in an interview.

Although Latinos are projected to make up less than 10% of the nation’s voters in November and are less likely to cast a ballot than the rest of the electorate, their participation could be decisive in states like Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Texas, which have large Hispanic populations and competitive races.

That initiative could make a difference in tight races across the country, such as the contest between tea partier Sharron Angle and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Democrat has cast his lot with Nevada’s Latino voters, supporting comprehensive immigration reform, while Angle has run vicious ads casting Latinos as criminals. (See video below).

Angle’s ads and similar campaign invective have helped to create a climate in which nearly two-thirds of Latinos in the United States think they are being discriminated against, according to a poll by the Pew Hispanic Center.

There is every reason for Latinos to turn out heavily on Tuesday.

388 comments Add your comment

Jack

October 29th, 2010
7:34 am

Latinos have no more reason to vote for Democrats than the rest of the voters.

hobby

October 29th, 2010
7:37 am

well duh! …..this is why they want to make a few million more democrats through amnesty.

hsr0601

October 29th, 2010
7:38 am

1. AS we are all aware, while many of small businesses are in financial trouble, lots of big name companies are reluctant to expand businesses, even with adequate capital.
 
From what I understand, they might take into account that plenty of ordinary households are still facing Stagnant Income Raises & Runaway Healthcare Cost, and beyond, say, low demand.
 
Given, the choice is clear, which one is going a long way to desperately needed job boost, tax credit for 95% of middle class or others.
 
2. I hope strongly that Nevada also will take a bold action into solar energy space just like California.
To my knowledge, solar industry became more cost completive with the counterparts.

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
7:45 am

“in which nearly two-thirds of Latinos in the United States think they are being discriminated against”

Cry me a river. Go back home and become a citizen the right way…the way millions of other immigrants have done it before.

JohnnyReb

October 29th, 2010
7:45 am

Dream on. Harry is done!

Tundra Dude

October 29th, 2010
7:46 am

an Inquiring Mind might asketh: What are the consequences if Reid isn’t “saved”??

Jon K, non-voting legal alien (with papers)

Mr_B

October 29th, 2010
7:58 am

Hobby: amnesty would not create a single voter. Only citizenship does that.

Road Scholar

October 29th, 2010
8:00 am

Peadawg: Why so trite; conservatives’ statements can be interpreted that they too feel discriminated against! Bless their hearts!

Jimmy62

October 29th, 2010
8:09 am

Ooo, here’s an idea, let’s push for people who came here illegally to be able to vote so that the Democrats will have a huge new voting block! Who cares that they broke the law, laws are for conservatives! Liberals, who always have our best interests at heart, don’t need to care about laws!

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 29th, 2010
8:13 am

CT, I realize that editorial writers sometimes use language grab readers, but were I an official in this contest, I would flag you 15 yards for uncessary use of the word “save”. “save” Harry Reid and the Democrats from what? again, I know it is just as important to sell the sizzle, as the steak; but I find this word to be at the very core of what is wrong with the American political process. as I said, what/where is the “threat”? seems to me you are suggesting the Latino vote might “save” Reid (and Dems) from himself, or have I misread?

Jethro

October 29th, 2010
8:16 am

Images of Boss Tweed come to mind. As they cross the border, he shakes their hands, but instead of providing a loaf of bread, he says, “We’ll get you a SS card (several if you need them) and a driver’s license. Just remember to vote Democrat!”

You will say it’s the government’s fault. We have laws on the books. If a few slip through the cracks, it’s not their fault for trying. It’s government’s fault for not enforcing its laws.

Harry Reid is a representative of government. He finds himself in a position to where enforcing these laws works to his detriment. As the Senate majority leader, he is in an important figure in determining how sharp the teeth of government are in enforcing immigration laws on the books. It’s in his interests to make those teeth as dull as possible.

Democrats make a big issue of saying that they have steps in place to where businesses can input the SS number of an applicant to verify the validity of said applicant’s “right to work.” Curious that such measures aren’t also used to determine the right to vote.

And somewhere, Boss Tweed is smiling.

Georgian

October 29th, 2010
8:17 am

Latinos will have no impact on this race. Its already been decided.

Nice way to hope though Cynthia.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 29th, 2010
8:17 am

Peadawg, please dial down the nativist stuff. why would American citizens “go back home and become citizens the right way”? If non-citizens are voting, whose fault is it? I would think the Secretaries of State in AZ, NV, CA, TX, etc., need to do their jobs. seriosuly, you’re dragging this to the kids table.

Mr_B

October 29th, 2010
8:19 am

Please,anybody… One DOCUMENTED case of an illegal being charged wth casting a fraudulant vote. Just one …….. waiting……….waiting……..

Tamika

October 29th, 2010
8:20 am

Two sets of questions:
1. Is it inherently racist to presume there is a “latino vote”? Why should all Latino’s vote the same way? Are their intersts all the same? Does race trump economic status, education, citizenship, faith, conviction or past experience? Can we do better in our country than identity politics? Why is he progressive instinct to look for blocs of voters based on race or gender?
2. Is this why Obama was suggesting that Latino’s punish their “enemies”? Is that kind of rhetoric appropriate for the president to use when referring to his polictial opponents? Doesn’t that kind of language raise the question that its really the democrats who are hoping to use race as a driving issue? Is it ok for Obama to call his political opponents “enemies”? What is the long term implication of having the president of the country seeing a significant number of American citizens as his enemies? Would you be ok if the parties were reversed and a leader of the other party while he was President called you his enemy?

Metro Coach

October 29th, 2010
8:21 am

So while you’re trying to paint Sharon Angle as some kind of Latino hating racist, you’re going to ignore the fact that she has a Latino son-in-law? Keep carrying that water Cynthia, only a few more days til the finish line.

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
8:21 am

“why would American citizens ”

Why would you ask such a dumb question? I was talking about the ones that are here illegally…my apologies for not specifically spelling that out…I thought it was implied.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 29th, 2010
8:22 am

Jimmy62, see my previous post. if people are “coming here illegally” why is it this solely the fault of the Democrats? need I remind you, GOP and neo-con demigod Saint Ronald Reagan “rewarded” millions of “people who came here illegally” with citizenship. the fact remains, if the United States of America (at the federal and state levels) is not enforcing immigration laws (or laws prohibiting the hiring and employment of undocumented workers), it really doesn’t matter how “they” got here. as my mom used to say; the toothpaste is out of the tube.

Keep up the good fight!

October 29th, 2010
8:23 am

Whats spanish for “Dewey Wins!”?

The AJC is Done

October 29th, 2010
8:24 am

The dummycrats are busy illegally registering illegal aliens to vote in OUR elections, in a last desperate attempt to remain in power. What scum, the traitors are selling out our democracy to third world criminals just to maintain their grasp on power a little longer. Just say “NO” to ALL democrats on Tuesday.

Georgian

October 29th, 2010
8:25 am

How about Clinton trying to get Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race in FL, just so the Cuban born Rubio would not win because it would “throw Latinos to the R’s”. How’s that for just trying to use groups of people. Thats all the Dems are about, using blacks and latinos anyway they see fit.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

October 29th, 2010
8:26 am

And the democrats get more desperate…..

“Clinton Asked Democrat to Quit Florida Senate Race .”

God Lord!

October 29th, 2010
8:26 am

Mention Latino and suddenly we’re ALL illegal. I’m an AMERICAN CITIZEN and I’m also LATINO! After reading these comments, I don’t feel discrimnated at all!!! Sheesh……..

Keep up the good fight!

October 29th, 2010
8:29 am

What scum, the traitors are selling out our democracy to third world criminals just to maintain their grasp on power a little longer

Yeah! We Republicans run our crooks for Governor, we run our racists and homophobes for Governor, we run Nazi reenactors, we have our storm troopers stomp on constitutuonal rights, we run our crazies for Senators, we take our marching orders from Foreign and Corporate Donors….how dare those Dems! Now I have to go learn to spell Mur….

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
8:30 am

“Mention Latino and suddenly we’re ALL illegal.”

Who said that?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 29th, 2010
8:31 am

Peadawg, there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers. as I noted to Jimmy62, if people are here “illegally” how did they get here, and more importantly, why are they staying here? do you not wonder why the United States of American can spend $2-3 trillion ridding Afgahnistan and Iraq of the Taliban and al Qeada (halfway around the world), but can’t seem to secure the motivation to identify and remove “illegal” immigrants from its own soil? is this a dumb question?

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
8:34 am

“but can’t seem to secure the motivation to identify and remove “illegal” immigrants from its own soil?”

That’s a very good question…and the answer/problem has to do with people like Cynthia. She doesn’t see them as illegal. She sees them as undocumented Democrats.

Keep up the good fight!

October 29th, 2010
8:35 am

Pea, when someone posts a comment that 2/3 of all latinos feel discrimination and your response is a crass comment about immigrants without any distinction, you have proven the point. Not all Latinos are immigrants, much less unlawful, and not all unlawful immigrants are Latino.

Someguy

October 29th, 2010
8:35 am

Harry Reid is done! In the 90’s he took the same stance Angle is now taking regarding immigration. Rory Reid (Harry’s son) is running for Gov. of NV and does not use his last name in ads. What does that say!

Pres. Obama told hispanics on Univision radio that they must punish their enemies (read Republicans) this week. In an earlier speech Pres. Obama said Republicans must “sit in the back of the bus”. His rhetoric is very divisive and sounds racist (bus line) at times. What happened to the bipartisan and post racial president we were promised? Got hope?

Keep up the good fight!

October 29th, 2010
8:38 am

Someguy….prove that Obama said “sit in the back of the bus. Here let me help. He did not say that. You LIE. So much for the rest of your bull.

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
8:44 am

“Not all Latinos are immigrants, much less unlawful, and not all unlawful immigrants are Latino.”

Thank you Mr. Obvious.

The correct quote, Someguy and Keep, is “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.” Pretty close.

granny godzilla

October 29th, 2010
8:45 am

Gracias a mi Latino hermanos y hermanas. Juntos podemos construir una nación para todas las personas y no para las empresas.

Dios bendiga a Estados Unidos!

Keep up the good fight!

October 29th, 2010
8:47 am

Pea…not close at all except for those who want to lie and distort. The reference is to driving the car into the ditch. But I really dont expect honesty from you. You were quick to correct my post yesterday of “the right” to “some people on the right” but you wont admit your own post problems and therefore you just look foolish.

But when it comes to Latinos, its all about distortion and fear from the right.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 29th, 2010
8:47 am

Peadawg, “dumb” (your word) answer. excuse me, is CT an undercover DHS or Border Patrol operative? does she serve in Congress or have ANY INFLUENCE re: immigration policy/enforcement? she’s a journalist expressing an opinion. call me a radical, but I think “the problem” has more to do “with people like Ronald Reagan”. “illegal” immigrants benefit wealthy Americans to a much greater degree than they “threaten” working Americans. you can spout all the “send ‘em back” nonsense you like, but the people who “come here illegally” come here for the same reason people come here legally; to work (and deal drugs, but lots of people deal drugs, so they’re not really taking jobs from legal Americans).

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
8:53 am

“But when it comes to Latinos, its all about distortion and fear from the right.”

I’m not sure who’s afraid of Latinos….that’s pretty funny if they are. What’s that phobia called? I haven’t met anybody that afraid of Latinos.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 29th, 2010
8:57 am

abuela, diga me por favor, como se dice “Godzilla” en Espanol?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 29th, 2010
8:58 am

Peadawg, it’s called xenophobia (includes Muslims too!)

Keep up the good fight!

October 29th, 2010
8:59 am

Pea…with your blinders and feigned innocence I am sure you haven’t. Here let me show you one:

Peadawg
October 29th, 2010
7:45 am
“in which nearly two-thirds of Latinos in the United States think they are being discriminated against”
Cry me a river. Go back home and become a citizen the right way…the way millions of other immigrants have done it before

Seems rather obvious.

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
9:00 am

“Peadawg, it’s called xenophobia (includes Muslims too!)”

LOL really? I would love to meet someone that has that. Keep, since you seem to have met someone that scared of Latinos or Muslims, what are they like?

granny godzilla

October 29th, 2010
9:02 am

paleo

Hermosa dama?

Que Dios los bendiga google traductor!

carlosgvv

October 29th, 2010
9:02 am

Politicans want illegal aliens for the vote, business wants them for cheap labor and The Catholic Church wants them for parishoners. Against that powerful trinity, the people don’t stand a chance. So, habla Espanol?

Tommy Maddox

October 29th, 2010
9:03 am

I think it is a good ad. It does speak the truth. Bye Harry.

TBone

October 29th, 2010
9:05 am

How about Marco Rubio? Do you think Latinos will support him?

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
9:05 am

Oh oh Keep. So me wanting illegals to become the citizens the right way like millions of other immigrants have makes me afraid of them? How’d you make that leap? I would say it makes me someone who wants and expects people to abide by the laws of our great nation.

barking frog

October 29th, 2010
9:06 am

How many more days until open borders and Amnesty for All.
Where is Ronald Reagan when you need him?

barking frog

October 29th, 2010
9:08 am

Wait…wait…Latinos..JEB is on the way…

Mr_B

October 29th, 2010
9:09 am

STILL waiting…… waiting……. didn’t think so.

Keep up the good fight!

October 29th, 2010
9:09 am

Pea…I am not going to argue your little spin and fears. The quote points out that the word Latino was used and you immediately jumped to illegal immigrants. You just look foolish and fearful. So whine away and quite trying to raise the false flag of patriotism to cover your foolishness.

Tychus Findlay

October 29th, 2010
9:09 am

The legal Latinos (the ones that can vote) should be voting along the party lines that enforce immigration laws. It’s a slap in their face when people circumvent the immigration process and sneak into this country.

Peadawg

October 29th, 2010
9:11 am

“You just look foolish and fearful.”

LOL alright Keep. Whatever you say punkin. Have a good Friday.