Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s gaffe saying “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay. Do I need to say more?” is still infuriating many Hispanic voters. A new ad by an independent group is capitalizing on the Reid’s foot-in-mouth moment to highlight the Senator’s failed economic policies in his home state of Nevada.

Watch the ad on the groups web page – Coalition to Protect Seniors

Campaign workers in Southern Florida must have been disappointed by Mother Nature, as any plans to attract volunteers during the last 72 hours before the primary election got washed out – literally.

In all honesty, Floridians are used to rain, even hard hurricane like rain storms… it’s part of living in the tropics.  My friends working on the various campaigns tell me the voter turnout numbers are looking good for Republicans. While there are contested races on both sides of the political spectrum, the Republican electorate in South FLorida are voting at a higher percentages – both absentee and early voting… Hopefully the rain will stop but the Republican voter turnout will stay high as it might be a key indicator of things to come in November.

Growing up in Miami, café con leche is an integral part of life. No matter what you do in Miami, Cuban coffee can be found. Café is to Miami is what apple ie is to the rest of America.

In fact, café Cubano, in all its forms – cortadito, café con leche or an espresso – is the center of the universe of Cuban-American culture (and therefore Miami society). You’ll be hard-pressed find a politician that hasn’t made a stop at one of Miami’s famous cafeterias (aka Versailles)… So its normal that when I get home I only have one thing in mind, take me to a cafeteria and get me a café con leche and tostada (hot cuban bread), so I can find my version of homegrown heaven.

A recent post at LatinoPoliticsBlog.com got my attention titled “Seneca: Machiavelli & Exile Latinos.” The author “Seneca” (a pen name) goes on to try to explain the differences between exiles and immigrants. He writes:

Exiles are different from immigrants in that exiles … Unlike immigrants, who basically decide to strike tents in their country of origin and move permanently to another, exiles fret and brood over the fact that recapturing their native land may prove onerous. Plainly, immigrants normally leave for economic reasons whereas exiles usually go abroad for political reasons.

I kinda agree with this statement, the premise that exiles and immigrants are different, it also might be the only thing “Seneca” and I see eye to eye on.  I fundamentally disagree with his description of exiles as “devious,” because goodness forbid they decided to become an active part of the American political process.

Seneca goes on to attack groups like Cubans, Venezuelans, and Nicaraguans, all of which whose homelands were taken over by leftist dictatorships, and the exiles would like to see democracy return to their homelands. He also mentions Mexican-Americans around the early 1900s who where trying to rid Mexico of a dictatorship and later dealing with the nation’s revolution. While Seneca tries to use a 16th century philosopher to make a point that exiles might be fickle and possibly quick to abandon their adopted nation for other allegiances, most of history has proven the blogger wrong. These exile groups have become proud Americans and integral members of the democratic process, not evil players which a “devious” schemes. Exiles are thankful to America, a country that took them in when they had literally no other place to go. While they may have interests in their native homeland, they care deeply about their adopted country.

While Seneca points to these groups for having “out-of-proportion influence” in American politics, maybe he needs to be reminded that these “devious” groups expressed the same rights available to each and every American citizen – they educated themselves about the American political process, became naturalized citizens, registered to vote, and voted for candidates who cared about their issues. (punto y aparte!!)