Posted: 02/25/14 18:38
by Dave Mindeman
The US House Democrats are trying to circulate a discharge petition to bring the immigration bill to a vote. For those of you who don't know, a discharge petition can bring a bill to the floor of the House if it can get 218 signatures - a majority of the members.
Republicans continue to avoid bringing this up for debate. It is an avoidance that will be futile in the future.
Let's look at some demographic data:
Florida (27 electoral votes) has a white population of 57.9% at the moment. Hispanics make up 29.6% of the population.
Texas (34 electoral votes) has a white population of 45.3%. Hispanics make up 37.6%.
California (56 electoral votes) has a white population of 40.1%. Hispanics make up 37.6% of the populace.
Arizona (10 electoral votes) has a white population of 57.8%. Hispanics now make up 29.6% of the total.
Nevada (5 electoral votes) has a white population of 54.1%. Hispanics are at 26.5%
New Mexico (5 electoral votes) has a white population of 40.5%. Hispanics are the majority at 46.3%.
Those states have a total of 137 electoral votes. Over 1/2 of the amount needed to elect a President. Three of those states have minorities making up a full majority of the population (Texas, California, and New Mexico).
Some other demographic notes to ponder.....
Maryland has a 54.7% white population. Louisiana is at 60.3%. And even Mississippi has a white population that is 58% of the total. Even more interesting is that Hawaii has a white populace of 22.7% - the majority of the state has Asian descent.
Republicans can continue to wish all of this away, but these trends show no sign of discontinuing.
And to let immigration inaction burn as a minority issue (an issue for which they can bear direct blame) in this country is political suicide for the GOP. Pure and simple.
In 2014, the Republicans may think that they can stall on this...obstruct on this...and continue on their merry majority way. And odds are that they can - at least for now....one more time.
But the day of reckoning is close at hand. And burying your heads in the sand won't protect you.
Hear that John Kline? Hear that Erik Paulsen?
Don't say you weren't warned.