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Romney, Hispanics, and Obama...What's Going On?
In order to win the Presidency Mitt Romney has to do a lot of squirming out of tight places and finger pointing at Obama but just how can he win over the Hispanics who know him?.
Romney also wants to bring back an old tactic from Jim Crow days used to intimidate freed slaves but this time targeting Hispanic regions by pushing for voter ID laws so Hispanics won’t come to the polls. Sadly for Romney’s camp it has backfired and inspired those Hispanics who are already citizens to vote in large numbers.
In the month of February 2012, Republicans voted to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and then passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. What these laws will do is affect the poorest populations and leave the middleclass relatively unscathed. These laws will set the stage for even larger numbers of children for undocumented people in urban low income ethnic communities. So what can Romney do at this point? What he has become famous for in his career, retracting his statements.
Romney will have to sidestep, rephrase, and outright lie about comments he made during the primary to woo Hispanic voters to his corner. CNN has even come up with a term to describe the way Romney will have to suck up to those he dissed and dismissed previously. “Hispandering“
Bettina Inclan, the Republican National Committee official in charge of Hispanic outreach, was asked about GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney's hard-line position on immigration enforcement and had the following to say.
"I think as a candidate… he's still deciding what his position on immigration is. "So I can't talk about what his proposal's going to be, because I don't know… he's talked about different issues." The issue specifically she is alluding to is the Dream Act. Romney opposes the Dream Act, which would grant a way for citizenship for undocumented young people brought here before they turn 16. Most Hispanics support that legislation.
What no one is asking is why couldn’t Obama get this legislation passed?... and the answer is that to obtain Immigration Reform, President Obama had to win bipartisan support but the Obama Immigration Reform strategy failed on December 18, 2010, with the defeat of the DREAM Act it was the only clear gain the Republicans won against Obama in a 4 year period and they fear a second term would allow him to pass that reform and more! Why would they fear this simply put Obama’s success rate is unprecedented he has the highest success of any president in over 100 years. The new CQ study gives Obama a higher mark than any other president since it began scoring presidential success rates in Congress more than five decades ago. Since Obama became President he has dealt with Afghanistan, Iraq, an expanding terrorist threat, Osama Bin Laden, the economic crisis, tea Partyist attempt to destroy America’s credit standing, and battles over health care.
And through it all Obama has tried to get the country to put aside differences he "urges members of Congress" to come together and act and according to John Cranford of Congressional Quarterly.
"His success was 96.7 percent on all the votes where we said he had a clear position in both the House and the Senate. That's an extraordinary number," The previous high scores were held by Lyndon Johnson in 1965, with 93 percent, and Dwight Eisenhower, who scored 89 percent in 1953. So Republicans have a reason to fear Obama he keeps his promises! Obama understands the process he is always ahead of his competition in short, A Winner. Many believe Obama has been very pragmatic in moving what is possible forward. He has rebalanced the equation between the special interests agenda and a more populist agenda. Obama knew we could not accomplish every reform in this first effort; just way too much corporate money required by Democratic Senators (See the Byron Dorgan story). Obama has demonstrated to them that he is someone competent on every level and that is something that has not been seen in the presidency for ages. Many believe this intelligent and experienced President has only just begun to pave the way for a brighter American future.