Senator Ted Cruz Can't Wait to Flip Off Latino Vote Victory. Why?

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You can't always tell by watching Texas politics, but there are subtle distinctions to be made between being an arch conservative and being a colossal dick. Here's how to tell if you've crossed the line: Look in a mirror. If you see Texas Senator Ted Cruz's face, you're safely in the Dick Zone.

Cruz has long lived on the Zone's goal line. Then, on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring voters to prove their citizenship in order to register. Cruz bulldozed into the Zone, spiked the ball and did a little Ickey Shuffle.

"I'll file amendment to immigration bill that permits states to require ID before registering voters & close this hole in fed statutory law," he tweeted the day the court ruled.

In one sentence, Cruz had swiped at a ruling striking down an unsavory law plainly aimed at suppressing Latino voters while simultaneously announcing his intent to lard on another amendment aimed at killing the immigration-reform bill now dying in the U.S. Senate. That's some expert dickishness right there. And for a rookie, no less.

Buzz called up Lydia Camarillo, vice president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, one of the original plaintiffs in the Arizona case, to see whether she had any insight into what might motivate Cruz.

"Senator Cruz is now building his credentials to be as far right as he can be," she said.

But that seems odd, doesn't it? One of the narratives coming out of last year's election was the GOP's desperate need to get behind immigration reform if it wanted to stay viable as the nation's Latino population grows.

Maybe Cruz figures the Latino vote isn't as crucial as advertised. And maybe he's right. According to a report issued last month by Antonio Gonzalez, president of SVREP and the William C. Velasquez Institute, a closer look at the 2012 election suggests that the Latino vote was far less influential in deciding the presidential election than reports claimed. Latinos' share of the vote barely increased between 2008 and 2012, Gonzalez wrote.

The report notes the effect that a still-languishing job market has had on voting participation, Camarillo says, and shows the need for organized, concerted efforts among political organizers to keep pushing to encourage Latino voting and registration.
But maybe that's not what the GOP sees. Maybe the GOP sees that the Latino vote isn't yet the powerhouse it promises to eventually become, meaning guys like Cruz can keep dancing in the Dick Zone.

For now.

Maybe it'll feel good to say it together?

For now.


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brookedoris
brookedoris

Cruz is the King of Dicks. I know, he is my Senator.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo eyez not be saying eyez’ gifted or nothin’ but eyez created my own birf certificate with da Photoshop.

ggfrank21
ggfrank21

FIRST OF ALL its law in nearly every state that everyone 18 and up MUST have a ID on them and ID costs $18-30  I have meet the poorest of the poor and guess what THEY HAVE ID. you need a ID to get subsidies, grants, aid etc. even store credit requires ID. so enough that it will keep the poor from voting. IF they are that poor they probable more worried about eating then voting anyways. and I haven never met anyone that was too poor to get an ID that was educated enough to make a voting decision anyway what year is this anyway 1930?  Now that that is out of the way GUYESS WHAT? voting is not a right it is a privilege. one that we revoke every day. A few more people should not be able to vote. Lets start with Tax Evaders, Dead Beet Dads/moms, and People that do not get a high school diploma or GED after turning 18 after 1990. ITs the USofA we should expect more not less of our people. Voting should never be about race, religion or sex but it should be about your contribution to society. if you contribute you get a voice, if you drain you get a seat. that's why we cut of the voting age at 18. that's the age that most Americas are smart enough to make a decision and contribute.

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

While I'd like to ask the pertinent question, "Where was Immigration when Cruz slithered across the Canadian border?" I won't ask that pertinent question.  It would be interesting, however, if the conservatives performed the following experiment: Drop Ted Cruz from a helicopter on the outskirts of Guadalajara and tell him, "If you wanna get into America, you're gonna have to walk, but if you wanna wear that dumb suit, that's OK." 

In other words, I admire these brave people who literally go through Hell to get into the United States.  For a better life, they're threatened by drug bullies with guns and by human traffickers, and then there is the desert on both sides of the border, some of the most intractable and unremitting land anywhere in the Western hemisphere, and death is always over their shoulders.  Those single-minded people who are willing to risk their lives are the kind of people the United States needs--as opposed to fancy-pants elites like Ted Cruz who have an odd tendency to find a Communist around every single corner and who is obviously so ill-informed as to think that Liberalism or Progressivism are "Socialism".  I just checked with Amazon to see if there is a "Liberalism for Dummies" but there isn't--so I guess Cruz is going to have to remain in the dark about the difference between us, the American people, using the federal government, which by the way belongs to us, the American people, to accomplish goals that easily fall into Christian imperatives like helping the poor, protecting the elderly and feeding the hungry.  Why the "other Christians" of the fundamentalist variety are so incensed by us using our tools to accomplish those ends is something I can't wrap my head around. 

As for Cruz advocating voter IDs, he's probably so inept as to not comprehend that making people who may not have money to burn to buy an ID simply to vote amounts to a poll tax, and that poll taxes were used by Southern white supremacists to protect their Jim Crow "heritage" for decades.  Besides, voter fraud isn't exactly a widespread problem, but you know what? 

Republicans in no less than 12 states deliberately tried to obstruct Blacks, young people and the elderly--all of whom have a record of voting Democratic--from voting. 

Ted Cruz's lack of outrage over that, my friends, provides solid evidence that he indeed sees bluebirds flying around his head.  All the time.  The little invisible bluebirds tell him they are his friends. 

newmexafrica
newmexafrica

The USA will be so much better when it is more like a combination of Mexico and Africa!!!!!!!!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

He can't see any farther than the pointy little tip of his nose.

Every time the illegals pop out another nino, it's a citizen, and therefore will have the right to vote.

Pissing them off now guarantees when they can vote it won't be for a pachyderm.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

The disdain for foreign nationals is shocking.

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

"In one sentence, Cruz had swiped at a ruling striking down an unsavory law plainly aimed at suppressing Latino voters..."

The Supreme Court struck down the law because of a Federal law that requires for a uniform voter registration form to be used. The court made no such judgement that the state law was aimed at suppressing a particular group. The Court stated that Arizona had a right to establish eligibility before allowing someone to vote. In as such, the court had to establish that a pathway toward this right exists in order to give 'constitutional credibility' to its ruling:

"..a State may request that the EAC alter the Federal Form to include information the State deems necessary to determine eligibility, see §1973gg–7(a)(2); Tr. of Oral Arg. 55 (UnitedStates), and may challenge the EAC’s rejection of that request in a suit under the Administrative Procedure Act, see 5 U. S. C. §701–706, no constitutional doubt is raised by giving the “accept and use” provision of the NVRA its fairest reading. That alternative means of enforcing its constitutional power to determine voting qualifications remains open to Arizona here."


animas
animas

Why then, is this bill " now dying in the  (Democrat controlled) Senate"-- (to use your own words)?

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@ggfrank21 --So.  The entire executive staff of Halliburton, that Great Big Patriot Corporation that recently moved its headquarters to Dubai for "tax reasons", then, should be deprived of voting or even lobbying our government because they'd rather move than pay taxes? 

Damn!  I'm down with it! 

newmexafrica
newmexafrica

@gordonhilgers Things will be so much better here when it is even more like a combination of Mexico and Africa than it already is now!

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@gordonhilgersStates give ID cards away to people who can't afford them, specifically to avoid the poll tax issue.

Republicans in no less than 12 states deliberately tried to obstruct fraudulent voters--all of whom have a record of voting Democratic--from voting.  

FIFY

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Montemalone  

Even though the Republicans have done more for illegal immigrants than the Democrats, the hispanic population continues to overwhelming vote for democrats.

For example, President Reagan passed the 1986 amnesty program, yet in 1988 elections Hispanics voted overwhelming against Bush.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@PersistentID2345 

Don't confuse this guy.

He's one of the patriots who wouldn't have given up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor . . . 

And when the IRS suppresses the vote by blocking TEA Partiers, patriots, and (gasp) conservative political formations, this moron's eyes roll to the back of his head and radios MoveOn.org for instructions.

thefncrow
thefncrow

@animas Because the Republicans are preventing the bill from coming to a vote.  The Senate is in Democratic control, but they do not have a filibuster-proof majority.

 If the Senate were to hold a straight majority vote on the immigration bill, it would pass.  That's why the Republicans are attempting to do everything in their power to keep that bill from coming up to a vote, including things like this poison pill amendment.

greg613
greg613

@fsanchez3109 @ggfrank21

Liberal retard. If you can fight with words than attack the messenger but makes sure to hide behind a faceless blog. I love how your reply has NOTHING to do with the issue but my state recognized disability of dyslexia. If I ever see you person I will make sure I order a large fry with my mill.

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@everlastingphelps @gordonhilgers  But Rick Perry specifically tried to prohibit college students from using their state-issued university ID cards, but added they could use a gun permit.  Upshot?  Buy a gun for the low, low price fo $300-$1,600 and yes!  You can vote. 

As for "fraudulent" voters, it is not a widespread problem, and yes indeed, the fact Democratic majority states didn't participate in the voter obstruction campaign is evidence that the Republicans really don't give a hoot about the nearly non-existent voter fraud, but as usual, were trying to keep Democratic constituencies from voting.  Why shouldn't they?  They have nothing of substance to offer the voters they are obstructing.  Why not? 

And, I suppose we should also mention the number of Republican controlled states that cut-back early voting (why would the Republicans want to decrease the opportunity of all people to vote?  Don't they want people to vote?  Why?), something that resulted in six-hour waits in Florida and a nationwide uproar loud enough to make Ohio's Republican Secretary of State to back-off of his decision to prohibit people from voting on Sunday, a day that Black churchgoers have traditionally used to bus to polling stations to vote together. 

Need we mention that the State of Virginia threw-away thousands of voter registration forms? 

FIFY?  Really?  Fixed WHAT for WHOM? 

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Until republicans embrace socialism and open borders, they'll never swing the Latino vote.

greg613
greg613

@fsanchez3109 @greg613 @ggfrank21 

again off the topic and personal attacks. What part of my original post is it you disagree with and why or have experienced contradictory to my statements. not being able to articulate what you believe in demonstrates your lack of conviction. It demonstrates you are a sheep, following without thought and repeating what you was told. If this was a church and a demonstration of your faith you would look very unsure. I can tell you what I believe in and why based on my education and experience's. Yes, I admit I have flaws and make spelling and grammatical mistakes but you have not demonstrated one, thought or one rebuttal to the issue.

fsanchez3109
fsanchez3109

@greg613 @fsanchez3109 @ggfrank21 

My apologiies. I could easily turn into a conservative moron and help pass the hate. People with state recognized disability of dyslexia should not be allowed to vote. (By the way, disability is not determined by the "states" it is determined by the Social Security Administration, which is a federal entity).   

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@ggfrank21  If it's from a state university it is.  Considering the number of killers who have guns, God forbid we allow college students who tend to vote Democratic to use an ID from a university. 

ggfrank21
ggfrank21

university ID is not a state issued ID

newmexafrica
newmexafrica

@gordonhilgers Do you believe that the cultures of most Mexicans and Africans will actually be beneficial to the United States?  Wow you are naive.

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@newmexafrica --Cultural and ethnic diversity, big guy.  The whole idea of "race" comes down to how much melanin one has in one's skin. 

newmexafrica
newmexafrica

@gordonhilgers The utter naivete and utopian "faith-based" fantasizing engaged in by white liberal "progressives" never fails to astound me.  

Hey wait a sec Gordon, are you trying to claim there are no differences between different population groups (formerly known as "races")?  

You "progressives" are always going on and on and on about "celebrating diversity".  Diversity means "differences".  

It appears that you think "diversity" is only "skin deep".

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@newmexafrica @gordonhilgers In case you haven't noticed, all the nations and continents you named are actually filled with--get this!--people! 

America?  It's filled with people who came from everywhere.  Too bad the Native Americans didn't build a wall to keep-out those smelly old Pilgrims....

newmexafrica
newmexafrica

@gordonhilgers So you really DO think the US will be improved the more it fills up with Mexicans and Africans!  

Why is Mexico the way it is?  Because it is full of Mexicans.  Why is China the way it is?  Because it is full of Chinese.  Why is India the way it is?  Because it is full of Indians.  Why is Africa the way it is?  Because it is full of Africans.

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@newmexafrica @gordonhilgers I doubt the US will become "like Mexico" any time soon, but if Mexico becomes anything like Rick Perry's Texas you can rest assured there'll be a run for the border like nothing we've ever seen. 

Your comments stink of race-baiting, but really, let's both hope Africa never comes close to embracing "gooberism" or embraces the worthless values of  Redneckistan.  Besides, the world already has way too many white trash gardens made out of used tires anyway. 

newmexafrica
newmexafrica

@gordonhilgers Gordon has faith that Texas will be so much better and cooler and groovier and crime-free the more it becomes like Mexico!


gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@everlastingphelps@gordonhilgersNo it's not a widespread problem.  Here's the sum total of federal convictions for voter fraud between 2001 and 2005: Voting while ineligible: 18; voting multiple times: 5; and registration fraud: 8.

Whoa!  Sounds like the illegitimate takeover of America is surely at hand.  Apparently, getting mugged by a sasquatch is more probable than voter fraud.  

But if you go to the Tea Party-sponsored "True The Vote" website, you find that 24 million voter registrations are invalid, but the link to the Pew Research Center the dumbos use indicates that the reason they're invalid is that they have expired. 

The notion that the minuscule number of fraudulent voters voted Democratic is plain and simply hogwash and evidence of your prejudices.  But go ahead, Republican robot, go dress like a trick-or-treater at your silly, reactionary Tea Party rallies and make a great big issue of 31 voter fraud convictions.  If True the Vote wants to look over my shoulder, just for grins I'll tell him I'm voting CPUSA straight ticket because the Tea Party "turned me". 


everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@gordonhilgers@everlastingphelps 

1) We don't have gun permits, we have CHLs, and you don't have to own a gun to get one.  You can borrow a gun from the instructor to qualify.  In fact, a lot of journalists did that to access the "no metal detectors for CHL holders" line at the capitol.

2) Democrat majority states didn't tighten their voting laws because frauds vote Democrat.

3) It is a widespread problem, as evidenced by the widespread prosecution and convictions.

4) When mentioning the cut-back of early voting, we should also mention that it is the most common form of voter fraud (and for Democrats.)

5) lol wut?  Are you talking about this guy that threw out EIGHT forms?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/colin-small-voter-fraud_n_3001802.html

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

@everlastingphelps @ruddski Regarding "Socialism".  The Nazis using the same allegation to perjure their enemies notwithstanding, I really have to ask:  What does the Socialist approach to democratizing the commercial sector have to do with us Americans using our government as a tool to increase liberty for the most number of people?  Do you see many businesses in America where the employees have a financial share in the success or failure of a company?  Do you see many businesses in America where the company is owned by the employees? 

I sure don't, but that is the Socialist approach.  You, leaving your American civil rights at the door every day you go to work is part of the demand you exchange for wages that are barely enough for you to get by: it seems pretty odd to me that someone who is so concerned about rights and freedoms as you seem to be would simply take that for granted, but what do I know?.  And the fact that almost every business is hierarchical in structure puts every business in America in the same league as the totalitarian states you accuse us Liberals of advocating.

Now ain't that peculiar? 

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

And connecting

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Republican's have been swinging for year.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Montemalone @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

I think Cruz is a nutjob, but the past shows that Hispanics tend to vote Democrat despite Republican administrations doing more for them than the Democrats do.


In other words, how can Cruz chase away voters who are not going to vote for Republicans anyway.

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