September 27, 2012
Have Matt Barreto And David Perez Heard Of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler?

If so, it's not apparent in their Seattle Times guest column.

If the University of Washington professor and the Perkins Coie lawyer had heard of the congresswoman, a rising star in the Republican party, they might have reached different conclusions.   I would like to think that both are willing to change their minds when they encounter new information.

(I'll have more to say about this column eventually, but, for now, I'll just add that I voted for Bruce Danielson because Eli Sanders of the Strangler was so vehemently opposed to him.  Sanders is a fine negative indicator, which makes him just as useful for decision making as a positive indicator.)

Posted by Jim Miller at September 27, 2012 01:22 PM | Email This
1. Has Jan Miller read the article?

If so, it's not apparent in this blog post.

If Jan had read it they would notice that the article is about state and local races, they might have reached a different conclusion. In fact, it was completely silent about national elections and I note that congressional districts are not at-large anyway--and follow the model suggested by Gonzales.

I would like to think Jan is willing to change their mind when they read existing information and not completely miss the mark by editorializing irrelevant additional content not covered in an article.

(I'll have more to say about this blog eventually, but, for now, I'll just add that I've voted for local Latino candidates on occasion because they were the best candidate.)

P.S. Herrera Beutler is hawt. :)

Posted by: Matty on September 27, 2012 02:56 PM
2. Article synopsis:

WAAAAAH!!! -we need to create a law so that we get the result we want and not what the voter's give us- WAAAAAH!!

Posted by: Rick D. on September 27, 2012 06:19 PM
3. Republicans do not understand the issue. The reason that Mitt Romney cannot get Hispanic votes is not because of the color of Mitt's skin or even because of the dearth of Hispanics in the Republican Party.

The GOP seems to be afflicted with the misapprehension that Hispanics are people of color. Of course some Hispanics are dark skinned. This is also true, of course, of Italians, Greeks, Israelis, and Spaniards. Another generation or two and the surname Lopez or Rodriguez will have no more connotation than the surnames O'Reilly or Romney. Assuming, America works as she always has, most of these people will enter the great melange of pink to tawny Americans. Their concerns will not be about being accepted as colored people their concerns are but making it in this country.

While many Hispanics are in agreement with the Republican Party on "moral" issues, the problem that the GOP faces is that it has adopted a catechism of extreme views. Except for the Orthodox Tea Party, few Americans are going to agree down the line with almost any Republican position.

Immigrants, whether they are Jews coming from the Jewish shtetl, Irishmen fleeing the potato famine, or Vietnamese boat people all want the same thing from America. They want the resources needed to succeed. When the Republicans and Romney threaten affordable health care and affordable education, the GOP loses immigrant votes whether they be Hispanic, Indian, or up-and-coming African Americans.

Posted by: THE-Ave.US on September 27, 2012 06:30 PM
4. It appears that the authors find racism from disparate election results. It would follow that the Washington Voting Rights Act provides a form of affirmative action applied to election outcomes in order to achieve diversity based upon race and/or ethnic status.

This is really a novel idea. (sarc)

Posted by: Paddy on September 27, 2012 06:42 PM
5. Simple ! They ignored Herrera Beutler because she is a Republican.

Posted by: KDS on September 27, 2012 09:49 PM
6. @3 - If the Republicans would communicate more effectively, the Hispanics would be flocking to their corner. The left communicates better, because they are better skilled at being liars and a lie is easier to simplify than the truth. The left are really the extremists, but again the skilled liars are convincing the dumbed-down masses that the other side are the extremists, when they actually try to follow the Constitution - unfreakin-believable. Republicans need to fight back against the propaganda from the left and defend their positions better.

They have done this with Obamacare, because it will financially bring us to our knees economically and be worse than what we have now. We are living in an increasingly dumbed down culture as our schools are failing all of us - a sad commentary. The blame for that can be laid at the feet of the NEA, an appendage of the Democrat Party.

Posted by: KDS on September 27, 2012 10:30 PM
7. Contrary to the "rising star" nonsense, Herrera has proven herself to be a clueless nit during the entirety of her worthless tenure in both the legislature AND Congress... two locations where she accomplished absolutely nothing.

Her cowardice, as evidenced by her refusal to hold town hall meetings, is legendary. her worthlessness in the CRC scam is obvious.

There's a reason she doesn't get interviewed. There's a reason she was nowhere to be seen or heard from at the GOP Convention. And the primary reason is that if she ever had an original thought, it died of loneliness during one of her interminable internships where she managed to avoid EVER working in the private sector.

I'd trade a hundred of her for any principled individual regardless of party... because we certainly are cursed with the lack of one down here in the WA03.

If SHE is what you refer to as a "rising star," is it any wonder the GOP gets it's collective ass kicked in this state... for the last 3 decades or so?

Posted by: Hinton on September 27, 2012 10:52 PM
8. I don't even know where to begin.

First, "rising star"? C'mon, she got elected and promptly dropped off the face of the earth.

Second, I'm no fan of The Stranger either, but it wasn't just that outfit that was opposed to him, pretty much every organization of any merit thought he was a joke (or maybe even wondered if his entering the race was a bad attempt at a joke).

I would never throw away a vote for a good candidate (that had broad bipartisan support nonetheless) just to go against the desires of a fishwrapper that is free at every corner store.

If some people find that the editorials of free fishwrappers are more influential than...everything else that might actually matter, then all other opinions of said people should be promptly disregarded.

Posted by: Brian on September 27, 2012 11:56 PM
9. The GOP seems to be afflicted with the misapprehension that Hispanics are people of color.

The GOP knows that hispanics are not a race, and have more racial diversity than the Democratic National Committee and the MSNBC staff combined. It's the racial grievance mongers on the left that invented the phrase 'of color', and then applied it to to MeCHa and all the other caudillo-led voting blocs so beloved of ACORN and politicians surfing on racial spoils machines.

Posted by: Insufficiently Sensitive on September 28, 2012 05:21 AM
10. If you want to find the party of racism, just identify which party obsesses with race, gender and hyphenation. That would be the democrat party. whose motto appears to be "if you can't beat 'em, villainize 'em". The epitome of cowardice.

Posted by: Rick D. on September 28, 2012 06:59 AM
11. @3 says of immigrants and people of color: "They want the resources needed to succeed."

Translation: Dimocrats have schooled their "victims" to expect government-funded free stuff to begin rolling in if they:

1. accuse others (mostly whites) of racism
2. claim the deck is stacked against them
3. learn how to "use the system"
4. gain sympathy from the Marxist media
5. basically lay around and whine

Posted by: Saltherring on September 28, 2012 08:38 AM
12. Racist demagoguery and dog whistles are what keeps today's Democrat party going.

George Soros is donating $1.5 M to Obama's campaign because he is afraid Romney has a real shot at winning.

Posted by: KDS on September 28, 2012 09:57 AM
13. For the record: Professor Barreto tells me (in an email) that he has indeed heard of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. But I'm not sure he understood why I mentioned her. (Other than to tease him, a little.)

So let me be explicit: In general, candidates of every race or ethnicity can win in Republican districts and states -- if they are a good fit for that district or state, ideologically, and in other ways. (Mia Love may be about to provide another example for my argument in Utah's 2nd House district.)

The same is not true for some Democratic districts, where race or ethnicity would determine which candidates were acceptable. Even a quick look at the districts in, for example, Barack Obama's Chicago will show you that many have been designed for black or Hispanic candidates, and that the designers were successful.

Professor Barreto thinks this kind of representation is desirable. I disagree, and I think it is especially bad -- in general -- for the very people it is supposed to help.

Posted by: Jim Miller on September 28, 2012 12:23 PM
14. We all know that the local media and most Seattle area pols has an inherent bias against Repubicans, so it is really no surprise Herrera-Beutler was omitted.

If she had been a Democrat, Barreto would have certainly mentioned her name (I know its hypothetical, but it would worked into his theme, whereas a Republican hispanic - not so much).

Posted by: KDS on September 28, 2012 05:42 PM
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