Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Karl's good, but he ain't that good. He really screwed the pooch here. LATimes (10.24.06):
"A major effort to draw Latinos and blacks into the Republican Party, a central element of the GOP plan to build a long-lasting majority, is in danger of collapse amid anger over the immigration debate and claims that Republican leaders have not delivered on promises to direct more money to church-based social services. President Bush, strategist Karl Rove and other top Republicans have wooed Latino and black leaders, many of them evangelical clergy who lead large congregations, in hopes of peeling away the traditional Democratic base." Latino and black voters reassessing ties to GOP
"But now some of the leaders who helped Bush win in 2004 are revisiting their loyalty to the Republican Party and, in some cases, abandoning it." "'There is a fissure, and I doubt it will be closed in this election,' said the Rev. Luis Cortes Jr., a Republican who founded the annual National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast that has featured Bush every year since 2002." "The Latino backlash has grown so intense that one prominent, typically pro-Republican organization, the Latino Coalition, has endorsed Democrats in competitive races this year in Tennessee, Nebraska and New Jersey. The coalition is chaired by Hector Barreto, the former administrator of the Small Business Administration under Bush; its president is a former strategist for the Republican National Committee." Harry Jackson Jr., Bishop of the Hope Christian Church in Maryland, "in an essay on the website townhall.com, Jackson offered a caution for the party: 'Evangelicals must ask themselves if we can work in harmony with a group that takes us for granted and compromises on major moral principles.'" Takes you for granted? Whatever gave you that idea, Bishop?


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