Oops: "Hispanics" now want GOP to stop opposing Obamacare
In negotiations, when you show weakness and make weak demands, your opponents tend to take advantage of that.
Thus it is with the GOP quest for racial power (link):
Latinos, who have the lowest rates of health coverage in the country, are among the strongest backers of President Obama's healthcare law. In a recent national poll, supporters outnumbered detractors by more than 2 to 1. Latinos also overwhelmingly see guaranteeing healthcare as a core government responsibility, surveys show.
Yet congressional Republicans continue to make repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act a top agenda item and have renewed calls for deep cuts in health programs such as Medicaid, which are very popular with Latinos.
"Obamacare is a colossal mistake for our country," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said recently in a speech on the Senate floor. "It needs to be pulled out by its roots."
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Alexandra Franceschi expressed confidence that Latinos would ultimately recognize that the law raises costs and burdens businesses. "We're going to do a better job explaining why this law is negatively affecting all Americans, including the Hispanic community," she said.
At the same time, however, attacking the law risks undermining the RNC's planned minority outreach campaign, which party leaders said in a recent strategy blueprint must convince Latinos "we care about them."
"This is going to hurt Republicans," said Matt Barreto, cofounder of Latino Decisions, a nonpartisan national polling firm. "When Republicans keep saying they will repeal the health law, Latinos hear the party is going to take away their healthcare."
What will be the next demand that "Hispanics" (i.e., their self-appointed spokespeople who claim to speak for all of them) will make? What will be the bridge too far for the GOP and the RNC, the point where they realize that pandering doesn't work for them?
As for Alexandra Franceschi, what if she's wrong? Does the GOP have a contingency plan? The chances of them having such a plan are very slim, since being able to think ahead clearly isn't their forte.
I'll ask @franceschi_alex to detail the contingency plan, and if she responds this post will be updated. If you see no response, that means she hasn't replied.
UPDATE: You can watch this conversation to see if she replies. It's automatically updated every few hours.