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If the GOP Is This Stupid, It Deserves to Die

By Ann Coulter · Jun. 13, 2013

Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.

This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.

It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?

As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate – not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.

The sleeping giant of the last election wasn’t Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House.

Contrary to everyone’s expectations, 10 percent more blacks voted in 2012 compared to 2008, even beating white voters, the usual turnout champions. Eligible black voters turned out at rate of 66.2 percent, compared to 64.1 percent of eligible white voters. Only 48 percent of all eligible Hispanic voters went to the polls.

No one saw this coming, which is probably why Gallup had Romney up by 5 points before Hurricane Sandy hit, and up by 1 point in its last pre-election poll after the hurricane.

Only two groups voted in larger numbers in 2012 compared to 2008: blacks aged 45-64, and blacks over the age of 65 – mostly elderly black women.

In raw numbers, nearly twice as many blacks voted as Hispanics, and nine times as many whites voted as Hispanics. (Ninety-eight million whites, 18 million blacks and 11 million Hispanics.)

So, naturally, the Republican Party’s entire battle plan going forward is to win slightly more votes from 8.4 percent of the electorate by giving them something they don’t want.

As Byron York has shown, even if Mitt Romney had won 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, he still would have lost. No Republican presidential candidate in at least 50 years has won even half of the Hispanic vote.

In the presidential election immediately after Reagan signed an amnesty bill in 1986, the Republican share of the Hispanic vote actually declined from 37 percent to 30 percent – and that was in a landslide election for the GOP. Combined, the two Bush presidents averaged 32.5 percent of the Hispanic vote – and they have Hispanics in their family Christmas cards.

John McCain, the nation’s leading amnesty proponent, won only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, not much more than anti-amnesty Romney’s 27 percent.

Amnesty is a gift to employers, not employees.

The (pro-amnesty) Pew Research Hispanic Center has produced poll after poll showing that Hispanics don’t care about amnesty. In a poll last fall, Hispanic voters said they cared more about education, jobs and health care than immigration. They even care more about the federal budget deficit than immigration! (To put that in perspective, the next item on their list of concerns was “scratchy towels.”)

Also, note that Pew asked about “immigration,” not “amnesty.” Those Hispanics who said they cared about immigration might care about it the way I care about it – by supporting a fence and E-Verify.

Who convinced Republicans that Hispanic wages aren’t low enough and what they really need is an influx of low-wage workers competing for their jobs?

Maybe the greedy businessmen now running the Republican Party should talk with their Hispanic maids sometime. Ask Juanita if she’d like to have seven new immigrants competing with her for the opportunity to clean other people’s houses, so that her wages can be dropped from $20 an hour to $10 an hour.

A wise Latina, A.J. Delgado, recently explained on why amnesty won’t win Republicans the Hispanic vote – even if they get credit for it. Her very first argument was: “Latinos will resent the added competition for jobs.”

But rich businessmen don’t care. Big Republican donors – and their campaign consultants – just want to make money. They don’t care about Hispanics, and they certainly don’t care what happens to the country. If the country is hurt, I don’t care, as long as I am doing better! This is the very definition of treason.

Hispanic voters are a small portion of the electorate. They don’t want amnesty, and they’re hopeless Democrats. So Republicans have decided the path to victory is to flood the country with lots more of them!

It’s as if Republicans convinced Democrats to fixate on banning birth control to win more pro-life voters. This would be great for Republicans because Democrats will never win a majority of pro-life voters, and about as many pro-lifers care about birth control as Hispanics care about amnesty.

But that still wouldn’t be as idiotic as what Republicans are doing because, according to Gallup, pro-lifers are nearly half of the electorate. Hispanics are only 8.4 percent of the electorate.

And it still wouldn’t be as stupid as the GOP pushing amnesty, because banning birth control wouldn’t create millions more voters who consistently vote against the Democrats.

Listening to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus burble a few weeks ago on “Fox News Sunday” about how amnesty is going to push the Republicans to new electoral heights, one is reminded of Democratic pollster Pat Caddell’s reason for refusing to become a Republican: No matter how enraged he gets at Democratic corruption, he says he can’t bear to join such a stupid party as the GOP.


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boilingfrog in N.C. said:

Well said Ann. The gop needs a big overhaul or to be run out of town.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

Maybe you ought to run, Ann. Senator Coulter. I like it.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"Stupid is as stupid does."

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM

rab in jo,mo said:

AMEN! Something is majorly wrong when Boehner comes out and says that passing an immigration bill is his primary focus.

Did I miss something here? When did Congress pass a balanced budget, cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare, etc.? Is the economy growing again? Is the unemployment rate back down to 4.5%? Someone has their priorities mixed up in a big way.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

For probably the first time ever, I agree with Pat Caddell: I can't stand to join a party as stupid as the GOP. As a Libertarian, I am amazed that the Republicans aren't listening (as usual) to their conservative base. With amnesty, they are, in essence, ensuring that they will never again win another election. And Reince Priebus? He's as stupid as John Boehner, McConnell, Graham, and McCain. The GOP has become the SOP: Stupid Old Party.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Master Gunny in Tifton GA said:

yea was "moderate" Republicans who enabled both McCain and Romney to get the nominations. The leadership is certainly a big part of the problem but it's also the rank and file.

Conservatives have become cowed by the constant barrage of misinformation and propaganda from the ultra liberal MSM. The leadership realizes that no what they do or say the MSM will alter, edit, or ignore ANYTHING that doesn't fit in with the Democratic party platform (which in theory should be nearly everything).

Control of the media is control of the message and therefore control of the agenda. The rabid left is therefore free to pick the fights, control the narrative, and manipulate reportage. The demonstrable double standards in reportage is so colossal that it is almost unbelievable but because the folks who should identify the double standard are the same folks who created it the public is left to figure it out for themselves.

Te left represents lies and a nearly flawless record of creating failed programs. The right represents age old truths and values but is too timid to stand up for them. It is for this reason that we are losing the fight, and we deserve to. Until we are willing to take off the gloves and put on the brass knuckles of adversarial politics we'll never get the weakminded liberals to listen to reason and stop emoting. It astounds me how Obama can make the most outrageous accusations and characterizations against Republicans without a whimper from the press but his cry of foul politics when the Repuliblicans shoot back is instantly carried by nearly all of the MSM as headline stories.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Mark M in Atlanta GA replied:

The real reason that the Republican Party struggles these days is that it has been too focused on the problems... And not focused on real solutions. I'm reminded of the leadership that Eisenhower brought to the party. I wish that there was a modern day version of Ike.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

SandyInIndy in Indiana said:

She is ABSOLUTELY correct! Why republicans don't understand facts is causing a need for a third (smart) party. When the right continues to pander to the Latinos v. Whites, I really scratch my head: are they that stupid to honk-off Whites who will stay home and not vote?

I think Ann just answered that question here in this column.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

pete in CA said:

The GOP is doing more to chase their members out of the party than anything else. Republicans are running as fast as they can to Libertarian and TEA parties, and all that does is spread their votes thinner than they have been in the past.

We do need other options, but they have to be something that will entice as many who vote democrat as it does from Republican, Libertarian, and other parties.

People have to go back to putting their support behind their country and Constitution, and not a party or particular politician, no matter how clean and articulate he/she may be.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

@Master Gunny: you make many good points, Gunny. The Republicans don't, or won't, realize that the country is in an idealogical battle. The left proudly owns their liberal ideology, while the Republicans are stuck in a 1970s frame of mind and trying to play that same "old" game. Until the Republicans can step up with their own ideology, one based upon the Constitution, and proudly and prolifically defend a small government ideology, nothing will change. Unfortunately, it seems the message they took from the last election is to become just another liberal party; and in doing so, lost my support.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM

DaneChile in Unknown said:

The solution is simple if politics are kept out of it. Designate the ten miles Noorth of our border as "Military Training Areas". Send Army, Marines and Nat´l Guard units there to practice patrol techniques, Small Unit Tactics, Recon and Gunnery training. AD units could deploy there for a month at a time; NG units for their weekend training or annual two weeks.

Any civilians found within such a hazardous area would be assisted "for their safety" to the nearest LE agency - most likely Border Patrol stations. Or be processed for spying on sensitive military installations.

Problem solved. Our forces get realistic training and civilians of all nationalities will quickly learn that military training areas are hazardous to one´s health. And since they would not be performing LE functions, Posse Comititus does not apply.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

Americans have discovered they can live without working. They are not concerned with loss of privacy, loss of freedom, or loss of voting privileges. They only want their government checks and food stamps. Then they feel free to live out their miserable, useless lives in front of flat screen TVs, gabbling and "texting" on cell phones, and having as many bastard children as possible. We are in the Brave New World with the happy pills and entertaining diversions, which is much like the Orwellian hell. But then they wouldn't care if every now and then a drone helicopter hovers around their bedroom window while they are having sex. Exhibitionism is in, privacy is passe.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Che in Elk Ridge, Utah replied:

You are soooooo right.

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

midfielder in St. Charles, MO said:

Nixon said in 1968 "Bleep them, they're not going to vote for us anyway" He went for the "silent majority" and won a landslide.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM

DavidS in Texas said:

Screw her. She helped shove Romney down our throughts.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 4:12 PM

JRook in Toms River, NJ said:

Independents might take AC somewhat seriously if she would consider making her point in an intellectual and rational manner rather than her typical sophomoric rants. She continues to present herself as that annoying girl in class who waved her hand and shouted out answers in a lame attempt to get attention. She is to society at large what she claims others are to the GOP

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Fred in Oregon said:

Yes Ann, the GOP is that stupid. I cringe when I think that I am a member of that former great organization. Its embarrassing.

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM