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Opinion: Juliette Kayyem

The GOP’s ‘Hispanic problem’

On immigration issues, the Republican Party allowed its most extreme elements to turn white anger into a national platform. And many candidates, knowing that some working-class white voters blamed illegal immigration for the high unemployment rate, competed to demonize undocumented workers in ever-more creative ways. But since last week’s rude introduction to demographic reality — only 23 percent of Hispanics voted for Mitt Romney, according to a comprehensive poll by the group Latino Decisions — Republicans have been clamoring to create a new narrative.

For a little more than a week now, they have been testing out various theories of attraction, hoping to address what they dub “the Hispanic problem.” For those following the pivot, here’s a quick user’s guide to the various camps:

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