Natural Democrats

by Mark Krikorian

Steve Dinan at the Washington Times highlights the data on native-born Hispanics that point to their natural inclination to support the :Left. The native-born, who account for the overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters, have higher rates of poverty, welfare use, single-parent families — none of which is suggestive of openness to a message of small government and moral traditionalism. As a Stanford political scientist told Dinan, “It turns out that Latinos are systematically to the left of whites on an entire array of economic-policy matters.” That doesn’t mean Republicans can’t get a share of the Hispanic vote, in the usual GOP range of between a quarter and a third of the total — but there’s a ceiling that’s a lot lower than the sugar-plum dreams of some commentators. As VDH’s satirical piece on the home page suggests, Republicans can either embrace reductions in immigration or forget about being the limited-government party.

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