And So, the Reachout to Latinos Begins

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 18, 2012

I am glad to see that Republicans have begun to build bridges to the Latino community, and have begun the work of allowing prudent and sober Republican voices to be heard on the issue of immigration reform. This was long overdue, but better late than never. Hopefully, this is just the start of Republican efforts to reconcile with the Latino community; without such a reconciliation, demographics will ensure the electoral doom of the Republican party.

And while we are on the subject, how are we supposed to miss Mitt Romney if he won’t go away? I understand that Romney is upset about the election results and bitter at the way that the president’s campaign vilified him throughout the race. He certainly has a right to be bitter about the latter, but complaining that Team Obama gave “gifts” to various demographic groups and got their votes is not going to win him any friends anytime soon. And it certainly won’t help the Republican party make much-needed inroads in the voting population. No one likes to be accused of having been bribed, and the electorate won’t take kindly to suggestions that their vote was bought by the Obama campaign.

Romney should leave the scene for a while and have a well-deserved rest. His voice could be valuable on the national stage but only if it is not used to complain about the election results and alienate people in the process.

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