Despite taking historic losses in the last midterm elections and being the focus of countless protests leading up to the midterms, the liberals still don't understand what the Tea Parties are.
I enter into evidence the possibility of a "Tequila Party".
It would seem Latino leaders are not happy with the Democrats not doing enough to push through Dream Act III and are discussing about launching their own version of the Tea Parties, Latino style.
As reported by Liz Goodwin, writing for The Lookout for Yahoo! News:
Latino leaders in Nevada and around the country are floating the idea of breaking traditional ties with the Democratic Party and creating a grass-roots independent movement tentatively called the Tequila Party. According to Delen Goldberg at the Las Vegas Sun, the leaders want to pressure the Democratic Party to deliver on Latinos' priorities much in the same way the tea party has done with the GOP over the past few years.
Problem #1. It's not grassroots if national leaders spawn the movement. When we started our Tea Parties, no GOP or conservative leaders called us up and told us what to do. The Tea Parties were a spontaneous reaction to the end of the Bush Presidency and the Obama/Pelosi/Reid policies in early 2009. In fact, we were sitting on our couch the day Rick Santelli did his rant; we looked at each other and said "He's right, let's do a Tea Party". Others around the nation who started Tea Parties I'm sure have similar stories. History was written.
Robert de Posada, the former GOP operative behind this fall's controversial "Don't Vote" ads aimed at Latinos in Nevada and California, tells The Lookout that he has heard "rumblings" of this movement among national Latino leaders.
Again, it's not a grassroots movement if national leaders are deciding what to do. When Republican leaders call for increased GOTV efforts, it's not grassroots. Likewise, if national Latino leaders call for a Tequila Party, it's not grassroots. The reason the truly grassroots efforts of the Tea Parties worked and continue to work was/is because of their decentralized nature with no "national leaders" telling us what to do, how to do it, what to support, or who to support. Sure, there are groups like Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, Tea Party Nation and others who would love to say they speak on behalf of the Tea Parties or be an umbrella organization, but the fact remains the individual Tea Parties are independent from any nationall organization or leader, and are fiercely independent - and fiercely independent of each other as well.
Goodwin continues her reporting:
The Tequila Party is still just talk for now, as no Latino leader has publicly backed the scheme. But De Posada says their silence makes sense, as they will want to be sure they have a fully formed plan before they risk angering allies in the Democratic Party. "They'd better be prepared when they come out swinging," he says. Frank Sharry of the pro-immigration reform group America's Voice, says he doubts the Tequila Party will ever actually get off the ground. "I do think Democrats should worry because the arguments for the Tequila party are persuasive to me...The frustration is understandable," he says.
Problem #2. The Tea Parties are not concerned about angering Republican allies, witnessed by high profile take downs of GOP incumbents in the primaries and the ability to get their allied candidates elected such as Rand Paul, Allen West, and others. The Tea Parties didn't wait until they had a "fully formed plan" before we acted. The fact that the national leaders of the Latino movement would even be concerned about challenging their supposed allies is troubling in itself.
The Latino vote generally sways Democrat. This is what Dream Act III is all about - not human rights, education for children of illegals or any other hogwash its proponents try to toss up. It boils down to securing a voting bloc; nothing more, nothing less. Besides, what will the Tequila Party do? Vote Republican? The same Republican party that is for the most part dead set against Dream Act III? Sound more like astroturf to organize lobbying for amnesty than for anything else.
Problem #3. The boat for liberal "grassroots" efforts has sailed as evidenced on November 2nd. Democrats who voted with the liberal agenda got bounced. Nearly all of the freshmen Democrat "Blue Dogs" got voted out November 2nd. Yet Latino leaders think they can successfully push their liberal agenda of amnesty.
Jay Cost at the Weekly Standard (Hat tip to Dan Proft for pointing out the article) anaylyzed the Hispanic vote over the last few national elections. Cost provides a chart outlining the Hispanic vote, and shows that the GOP did pick up Hispanic voters this last election.
Cost breaks it down that Hispanics helped the Democrats 1.8% of the vote nationwide. Personally, I'm not so convinced that the 8% GOP pickup is a long term trend in the Hispanic demographic. I do agree with Cost that the GOP needs to pursue the Hispanic vote (as well as the black vote) as I have explained before here.
Dream Act III is not the solution. Amnesty, and to call the Dream Act III anything but amnesty is a farce, would not solve a single problem that previous amnesty acts promised to solve. Amnesty and the threat by the yet to be dictated and directed Tequila Party is a political ploy aimed at threatening Democrats. The Tea Parties aim at changing the parties and government toward free market ideas, limited government, and responsible spending. The proposed Tequila Party is not set toward this goal but is merely political blackmail to force the hand of liberal Democrats and RINOs looking to please the New York Times Editorial Board.
Tequila Party. Imitation is supposed to be the best form of flattery, but remember, flattery will get you no where...
Crossposted from Downstate Illinois Advocate