The Dems once believed that Hispanics were the key to the future. Now they are leading the GOP to midterm victory.


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What happened to the “coalition of the ascendancy” of the Democratic Party?

According to the leading progressives of the Obama years, this collection of growing American factions, led by Hispanics, was supposed to provide the Democrats with a durable governing majority. Yet today, rising Hispanic support for Republicans is poised to return Congress to Republicans.

“An amusing thing happened to the Republican Party as it headed toward political oblivion,” writes James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal. “It started to attract more Hispanic voters. Yeah, even during the Trump years.” In fact, President Donald Trump reduced the Democrats’ outperformance among Hispanics from 42 points in 2016 to 26 points in 2020.

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Recent polls suggest that the margin will shrink significantly again this cycle. A Pew Research survey finds that 77% of Hispanics are dissatisfied with the country’s direction and 54% disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job performance.

President Barack Obama speaks at the 33rd Annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, Wednesday, September 15, 2010. His ‘Ascendant Coalition’ was not. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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This change in Hispanic political support should come as no big surprise. Hispanics have been among the biggest losers from Biden’s economy. They are disproportionately affected by ongoing historic inflation and record high gasoline prices that are a direct result of Democrats’ reckless spending and energy bans.

As Democrats try to impress on Hispanics that these regressive taxes aren’t a big deal, many Hispanics whose office is their van or who earn an hourly wage that ends in “teenager” are seeing their standard of living drop dramatically. . Americans lost about $6,000 a year to inflation, a much more painful blow for low-income people.

The economic pain for Hispanics is especially pronounced given their remarkable financial success under the pre-pandemic Trump administration. Thanks to sound policies such as tax cuts and deregulation, the real median income of Hispanics increased by 7.1% in 2019 compared to 5.7% for whites. Their salaries have increased 24% faster than during President Barack Obama’s second term. “Give us back the shared economic prosperity of 2018 and 2019,” say many Latino voters.

Instead of addressing these significant economic headwinds, Democrats have pursued a radical cultural agenda, which has led to increased crime and terrible schools, which disproportionately impact Hispanics. Prolonged and unjustifiable classroom closures in many states for most of 2020 and 2021 have devastated the education of minority children.

As longtime Democrat Paul Begala puts it, “Democrats have gone from the factory party to the faculty room party.”

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Biden has bizarrely spent this week attacking airlines for allegedly charging hidden fees for extra legroom on flights. Biden says these charges hit “people of color” the hardest. We all hate airline surcharges, but it’s not exactly a kitchen table problem that dominates Hispanic households. The Democrats’ obsessive campaign focus on unlimited abortions also discourages many religious and culturally conservative Hispanics.

When Democrats attempt to campaign directly with Latinos, it often involves — as Laura Ingraham put it recently — “Hispandering.” Remember when Biden started playing the song “Despacito” at a Hispanic Heritage Month address in Florida in 2020? Cringe.

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Job Creators Network recently launched a six-figure radio ad buy on Spanish-language radio in crucial election states to highlight the stark contrast between Hispanics’ choices this election. For a growing number of them, the choice is clear.

In fact, it is now the Republicans who are looking to secure lasting electoral success through their own coalition of ascendants, led by growing numbers of Hispanics, working class people, small business owners and suburbanites. Maintaining and building this coalition with a positive, opportunity-friendly platform and message will be key to the lasting success of the party – and indeed the country.

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