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Tony Blankley identifies a major problem for Republicans:

Today there are certain profound values — free markets and respect for life — that are renounced at the price of our soul. Free markets, particularly, are under the immediate, explicit assault of the next government. Life may be undermined more surreptitiously. But as a national cause championed by a national party, a conservative agenda must, for example, learn to speak persuasively to a near majority of Hispanic-Americans, or we will be merely a debating society. When Texas joins states such as Colorado, New Mexico (and even North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona and Florida), where Hispanic votes are necessary for victory, there is no possibility of national governance without finding that voice.

If Republicans cannot devise economic and social policies that appeal to non-white voters, they are lost. And if conservative opponents of immigration reform think that opposition will improve their political fortunes, we will see how much lower than 31% the Republicans’ share of Hispanic voters can go.



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