Garcia told Kyra Phillips, "The president had issues with Latinos ...(but) the Tea Party has the Republicans locked in because they need to pander to the Tea Party to win the primary, but they're not going to be able to pivot back because Latinos are looking for someone authentic. You can't all of a sudden in August or September come back to Latino voters and say, 'Oh I love you. I want immigration reform.' They're going to say you're a phony."
So how "authentic" is Obama when he sidelined this supposed gold mine of a political issue to sell Obamacare, insisting all the way that his health "reform" wouldn't cover illegal aliens?
In fact, he was openly denounced by liberals for abandoning the issue. "He is the deportation president," said "undocumented activist" Daniel Rodriguez in Time magazine. Time's cover carried the words "Yo Decido: Why Latinos Will Pick the Next President."
This is odd, since whites are still 64 percent of the population. Time and CNN select the Latino vote as crucial because they want to make the Republicans cry uncle on amnesty. Time's Michael Scherer began his cover story by slamming Gov. Jan Brewer for "the most incendiary immigration law in the country."
But who made that law a national issue? The liberal media did. They put all the political pressure on anyone opposed to illegal immigration. It was "incendiary" despite a Rasmussen poll finding 70 percent of Arizonans supported the tougher law. The Obama-obedient media never found it "incendiary" for Obama to announce in 2011 that he was suspending most deportations in a transparently political move.
Take a look at the numbers from the Pew Hispanic Center, which estimated that 69 percent of Latinos voted for Democrats in 2006 and 67 percent for Obama in 2008. But in 2010, that percentage dropped to 60 percent, even though liberals surely tried to make Tea Party "racism" an issue to Latino voters.
Republicans shouldn't write off the Latino vote, but they can wonder how much of that 9-percent slice of Latinos would vote Republican if they Xeroxed the liberal amnesty position. CNN and Time could wonder if Obama will hurt his Latino "landslide" by canceling pipelines and signaling a hard-left position on abortion, gay marriage and religious liberty. But they're too busy celebrating and pandering to minority voters as the most crucial, special voters of all.