The editorial comes on the heels of a series of Politico articles discussing the challenges that need to be addressed for Hispanics and the GOP. The articles ruffled feathers on all sides of the issue.
Vargas editorial in today’s Politico.com is his attempt to clarify major points missed in the articles. He writes:
Let me be very clear: The Republican Party must recapture a material portion of the Hispanic vote or we will not win national elections in the future. I make this stark prediction based not on emotion but, rather, on facts. Mistakes have been made in recent years, and we have a lot of work to do to earn back the interest and the trust of Hispanic voters; the good news is that it can be done. Let us examine why this is so imperative. (MORE)
In May Poltico’s Ben Smith wrote two articles GOP sounds alarm on Latino voter gap and RNC hiring chafes top Hispanics. The articles brought up some good points, but also skiped over some important advancements made by the party and activists.
A point I have long try to make is that while the GOP has suffered losses with the Latino community, one thing we have seen is a growing Hispanic conservative base. Like many other groups the GOP has to continue talking to swing voters in the Hispanic community. Many reports have shown a large percentage of Hispanics are swing voters. They are citizens not tied to any one party. The reality is this window of opportunity is closing and Republicans need to work twice as hard in order to attract Latinos into the party.