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Opinion

Joshua Green

Latino voters need more than a sombrero on an elephant

Almost immediately after President Obama’s decisive reelection, Republicans of many stripes coalesced around the idea that they had lost because of the party’s hostility toward Latinos. And to some in the GOP, there was a quick and obvious solution: to “put a sombrero on the Republican elephant,” as one skeptical Latino GOP operative characterized it to Politico.

The job really isn’t all that difficult, many conservatives insisted. Charles Krauthammer argued that Latinos are “a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative (on abortion, for example).” So never mind Mitt Romney’s assertions last spring that “illegals” should “self -deport”; after years of stubborn resistance to comprehensive immigration reform, angrily nativist conservatives like Sean Hannity suddenly got behind it and the path to citizenship it offers to12 million illegal immigrants.

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