The 2014 midterms aren’t here yet, but in political time the 2016 elections are just around the corner. So as potential presidential candidates start jockeying for position in the Democratic and Republican parties, it’s worth asking whether any of them will be able to excite an increasingly disaffected Latino electorate.
Presente Action is taking the bold move of asking our members to consider voting against the “dirty four” —the Senate Democrats who persuaded Obama to continue his inhumane deportations until after the election: that means you, Sens. Hagan, Landrieu, Pryor, and Shaheen.
This was not an easy step for us—and it is clearly not a popular opinion among Democratic insiders—but we believe it is necessary if we are ever going to see politicians of any party approach the Latino constituency as one to be catered to, not spat on.
It’s easy to see the Republican Party’s incessant pandering to the most xenophobic elements of its base. But after a string of broken promises, the Democrats have much work to do to win back the trust of Latino voters before 2016.