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  •  And Democrats better not get too proud of this (17+ / 0-)

    Latino connection.  We need to do more for the youth and get them educated so they can become successful members of society.  Perhaps they don't need help, but with the cost of education many do.

    It's good news.  Kos is so smart, huh?

    •  Exactly (10+ / 0-)

      each election cycle brings its own dynamics. underlying trends matter, but so do candidates and the situation at the time.

      If Jeb Bush runs in 2016, he will make a play for the the Latino vote that will be a lot more clever than anything that dickhead Krauthammer couldd think up. in a with no incumbant running, the situation will be different, and we can't assume that Obama's coalition will stick together or perform as well as it did while he was on the ballot.

      The focus now should not be on how enduring an advantage the demographic trends are supposed to be. it should be turning those trends, and the coalition unity they were part of in 2012, into a functional coalition that is indepedent of the candidate, first in the 2014 mid-terms and then beyond.  

      •  Jeb's son George P (Prescott - after the old (1+ / 0-)
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        Nazi lover himself) is running for office in 2014 in Texas.  

        Most speculation says Land Commissioner - a state-wide office where he can prance around the state increasing his visibility for a Congressional run or Senatorial run when Cornyn retires.

        The GOP is counting on George P Bush (W's nephew) to draw the Latino vote in Texas at least, since he is 1/2 Latino (mother Columbia Bush is Mexican in origin) and speaks Spanish.

        Of course George P has pretty much zero connection with Texas, but that doesn't stop his dad's and especially his granddad's old friends get him set up with a nice cushy law office job and then backing for political office.  They do that real smoothly in Texas, where they built up "W" (the stupid son) to be governor and then president.

        Sadly, there's a good chance they will succeed again.  GP Bush will be running for president someday.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 02:54:31 PM PST

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        •  So, is he ready for a nickname? (1+ / 0-)
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          Bush 43 was "Dubya", maybe this one is "Pee" Bush?

          Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

          by blindcynic on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:17:42 PM PST

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        •  Demographics in TX look disastrous for GOP (1+ / 0-)
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          I think kos is being generous when he says TX will be a swing state in 2024.  The young Mr. Bush's heritage and looks are irrelevant as long as his family name remains radioactive to Latinos.

          Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

          by Big River Bandido on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:01:58 PM PST

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          •  That's what the demographics look like, but do not (0+ / 0-)

            underestimate the Bushes in Texas.

            For one thing, demographics alone won't get Democrats elected. Some Democrats are going to have to get together and build a functional state-wide organization.  That simply does not exist now.

            The blue islands function independently and many rural areas have little to no Democratic organization.

            The Bushes already have the money, the organization, the string of people who "owe" them favors, etc, woven throughout the state.

            Demographically, the people will favor Democrats, but only if Democrats are organized and present intelligent, sincere and electable candidates. Otherwise, the white minority demographics will continue to elect Republicans.

            "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

            by YucatanMan on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:36:11 AM PST

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      •  The "Obama Coalition" is a misnomer, IMHO, at (1+ / 0-)
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        least as to Hispanics. Recall that Obama was not the Hispanic choice during the primaries. Hillary was -- big time. Yet Hispanics have overwhelmingly supported Obama twice.

        We're talking Democratic Party coalition, for a long time to come, as far as Hispanics are concerned.

        "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

        by chuco35 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:32:22 PM PST

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