Turning Texas blue
There’s an op-ed in the NY Times about efforts to turn Texas into a blue state.
The problem for Democrats is that Hispanics in Texas don’t vote as strongly Democratic as they do in other states, and they have low voter turnout.
However, one difference between Republicans and Democrats is that while Republicans are ashamed to be the party of whites, Democrats are happy with being a party of non-whites, and understand that they can win more elections by reaching out to the demographics that support their party, get them to be even more strongly Democratic, and increase their voter turnout. If Republicans followed this strategy with whites, they might win states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The article contains some bad advice for Republicans:
That also assumes that Republicans continue on their present, self-destructive course. If they moderate their anti-immigrant message, they might cut into the gains that optimistic Democrats are taking for granted.
Knowing that immigrants vote Democratic, why would Republicans want more of them, and more of them to become voting citizens?
There’s also this:
Why [is Hisapnic voter turnout low]? There are a variety of explanations, including cultural ones. It’s pretty easy to feel disenfranchised by a political system that talks about you as an “immigrant” or, worse, an “alien.”
Perhaps an immigration reform bill will cause Hispanics to feel less “disenfranchised” and increase their voter participation. And of course, when they do go to vote, they will vote for Democrats. Democrats know that. Republicans’ best electoral strategy is to fight immigration tooth and nail. If it’s what Democrats support then it’s obviously in Democrats’ electoral interests because Democrats always support their own interests.