Tea Party leaders to reach out to Latinos
The conservative Republican group plans a bus tour to some of the nation's most Hispanic cities.
Coming to a barrio near you, a friendlier, warmer, fuzzier Tea Party. Yes, my friends, ailed by dwindling support and growing inability to influence elections that matter, the most conservative sector of the Republican Party is organizing a bus tour to reach out to Latinos.
A co founder of the Tea Party Express, the largest Tea Party’s PAC, said to reporters that the group is discussing ways to earn the trust of the nation’s Hispanics.
“We’ve been trying to do a bus tour that would focus on communities that we don’t normally talk to,” said Sal Russo according to FOX News reports.
There’s something refreshingly funny on those words. Candidly, the Tea Party leader admits it wouldn’t “normally” talk to us. In their previous mindset (the one before Nov. 4) we weren’t relevant. But when almost 3 out of 4 Latino voters rejected the GOP presidential candidate handing the election to the other guy, many in politics had a sudden epiphany: It may not be a good idea to pretend we don’t exist. Or better yet, we don’t cease to be –and vote- just because you ignore us.
“The bus tour is the iconic symbol of the tea party,” Russo told Fox. “When we’ve gone to some states, like Texas, we’ve had good Hispanic participation. We’re trying to do a [nationwide] bus tour that would be more directed that way.
I’m curious as of what the message would be. So far, the Tea Party has preferred to focus on the topic of spending, taxes and its own definition of patriotism that seems to exclude anyone who doesn’t agree with them. As fascinating as the first two topics are, the apocalyptic terms they have been employing to present their points of views are a turn off to those that don’t believe for one minute the Republic would collapse if the Bush tax breaks are rolled back.
Can the Tea Party reinvent itself? I suppose the answer could be a short bus ride away.