Republican pundit Ann Coulter is still seething over Mitt Romney's failed presidential bid. And which group does she blame for Romney's loss? Hispanic Americans. Coulter seems to believe that Romney would have crushed Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential race if Latinos looking for handouts hadn't shown up en masse at the polls.
In an column called "America Nears El Tipping Pointo," Coulter argues that immigration from "Mexico's underclass" and the "poorest of the world's poor" has irrevocably altered U.S. society.
"Perhaps the reason elections maven Michael Barone was so shockingly off in his election prediction this year was that... Barone has been assuring us for years that most of these Third World immigrants pouring into the country would go the way of Italian immigrants and become Republicans," she states. "They're hardworking, they have family values. Maybe at first, but not after coming here, having illegitimate children and going on welfare."
In fact, a higher percentage of whites use such social services than Latinos, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Moreover, higher numbers of Hispanic immigrants live in households made up of couples and children than the American-born population does, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. But let's forget about the facts for a moment. How does Coulter think that the GOP will ever attract Latino voters if conservatives such as herself are determined to make sweeping generalizations about them? Most minority groups take offense to racial stereotypes, so Coulter's hardly doing her party a favor by characterizing Latinos as a bunch of good-for-nothing types out to score government handouts.
George W. Bush won significant amounts of the Hispanic vote during both of his presidential campaigns. In 2000, Bush won 35 percent of the Hispanic vote. Four years later, he won 40 percent. Would Coulter have characterized Latinos in the same way eight years ago, or does she found this description suitable today because it's easier to point the finger at someone else than look at the failings of her own party?