Originally Posted by Botnst
The wild card is this: The Hispanic population is rapidly growing and very much a socially liberal bloc (and thus, tend to be more Democrat). But they have very strong and very conservative religious ties to Roman Catholicism, which favors traditional family structure and deplores homosexuality, for example.
So the Repos and Demos are both doing courtship displays like preening bowerbirds, showing the Hispanics the pretty rocks and flowers that each side hopes will consummate a marriage.
Bot, it will take more than pretty, shiny rocks to get my vote. Your comment is insulting and I hope that it was meant in jest.
As far as the Catholic comment is concerned, the fastest growing religious group in Central and Latin America are the Pentecostal Christians. Even Mormonism (is that a word) is growing at faster rates in Central and South America than Catholicism.
Their numbers are still small, compared to those who claim to be Catholics, but they are growing at a very fast rate neverthless. Also, Pentacostal Hispanics tend to be more committed to their religious beliefs than Catholic Hispanics are, and are far more conservative.
Old line Hispanics (mainly Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans) tend to be lean more towards the Dems. They still remember all that stuff from the 60's.
Newer arrivals, OTOH, have not fallen into the Dem's fold--not yet anyway. Hence the Reps efforts to recruit them.
From my vantage POV, I think that both Dems and Reps have no clue about what is going on in the Hispanic community. But then again, American politicians have generally blundered in Central and South America--sometimes with disastrous consequences to America's own best self interest.
Hispanics are not a monolithic group and politicians, and others, who view them as a homogenous group, do so at great peril.