Hostility to minorities is held by the far right majority of the Republican Party

No matter the group, one can almost feel the seething disgust the GOP has for people they don't like.

Simply put, there is one party that welcomes people of all colors and faiths, and there is one that does not.

- brooklynbadboy

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Harry Reid really touched a nerve when he said: "I don't know how anyone of Latino heritage could be a Republican, OK?" ... "Do I need to say more?"

Out of necessity, 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Raul Labrador, who was born in Puerto Rico, weighed in:

“Harry Reid’s latest race-baited words are simply unacceptable to all members of the Hispanic community and I fully expect his party and Walt Minnick to condemn these terrible comments immediately.” he said

Calling Reid's comments "ill-tempered," and "ignorant," Labrador issued the following statement:

I cannot believe an elected leader of Harry Reid’s stature can continue to make racist comments about huge numbers of Americans. Harry Reid’s latest race-baited comments are simply unacceptable to all members of the Hispanic community. Denigrating the entire Republican Hispanic community, including myself, is simply outrageous. Contrary to Senator Reid’s beliefs, the Latino community is perfectly capable of making choices of political affiliation that are in its best interests, including being Republicans.

“Statements such as these prove the message of the Democrat Party as one of inclusiveness and tolerance is nothing more than cynical political posturing," Labrador added. "I expect the Democrat (sic) Party that continues to keep Reid in a position of Leadership to denounce his statements and I fully expect my opponent Walt Minnick to condemn these terrible comments immediately.”

On Daily Kos, Brooklynbadboy felt differently:

(Reid's) blunt language encapsulated the basic argument the entire Democratic Party has to make to Latino people: hostility to minorities is held by the far right majority of the Republican Party. No matter the group, one can almost feel the seething disgust the GOP has for people they don't like. This is obvious to people who can see it and are honest about it, including plenty of people in the Republican Party who are genuinely disgusted by racism. But those folks are increasingly being forced out of the party as it turns its moral center away from big business and Christian evangelicals in favor of white supremacists and extremists.

He continued:

Harry Reid may have been speaking something that usually lingers just below the surface of political debate in this country. Simply put, there is one party that welcomes people of all colors and faiths, and there is one that does not. Therefore, it is a rather curious thing to find people of color becoming leaders of a party that is openly hostile to people of color. Despite the hostility, the GOP does produce them. Michael Steele, Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio come to mind. There is a strand of the GOP that puts ideology before all, even if the results of that ideology have negative effects on minorities. Still, it isn't difficult to join Harry Reid in asking why anyone of color would want to join the Republican Party.

The majority of the GOP is openly hostile to Latinos. The Arizona racial profiling law they passed is good proof. The reason for this hostility has many different causes. But regardless of motive, it is clear that when Republicans talk about border fences, troops on the border, crime on the border, securing the border, you name it on the border...they mean Latinos.

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yup.

The GOP leadership is aware of of this, hence the Michael Steele tokenism, and guys like Jindal can succeed in places like Louisiana, where the problems are as many and diverse as the state's racial makeup... big problems that seem insurmountable to folks tend to create conservatives.

The Repubs have the ability to change focus rapidly on their dislike of minorities- we've all seen the reaction against Arizona's brown discrimination, and the Repubs are now pretty quiet about it, but they sure turned their attention fast to the proposed mosque that might be built close to the Twin Towers site.

It's a lot easier to discriminate against guys named Habib at the moment than guys named Pedro, especially when it turns out that there are lots of people who like and support Pedro.

But Pedro knows how the Repubs feel about him, for sure. There is nothing like getting kicked out of a state to motivate a formerly indifferent voter. It might not be Pedro leaving Arizona- it may be his sister or one of his old friends, but there are a lot of Mexican-American citizens living here, and Arizona's law has affected them all in some way, at some level.

Idaho's Raul Labrador is running up against this conservative hostility- he's given lip service by the right, but they're not opening their wallets or hearts to him.

Michael Steele: The New Larry Craig

Thanks for mentioning him, Banjo.

And just how is the Republican "Answer to Obama" working out for the GOP?

According to Huffington Post:

Among conservatives, there is a growing sense that the RNC header has become a distraction -- frequently generating problematic headlines at a time when the focus should be on a stumbling Democrats. Commenting on Steele's impromptu book tour, which no other Republican officials seemed to have been warned about, one major consultant went so far as to compare the chairman with former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) the infamous Idaho Republican who (allegedly) tried to solicit gay sex in an airport men's room.

"Does he not get it?" asked Larry Farnsworth, one-time press secretary to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. "To write a book like that and not consult with the rest of the party leaders is maddening. It's the most selfish thing I've seen a politician do since a certain senator tapped his foot under the bathroom stall. Michael Steele is clearly using the RNC platform to promote Michael Steele."

Which brings us to another famous author

from Wasilla, who, despite her syntax problems, manages to combine religion and racism pretty effectively to those who understand her code-speak.

While Steele is more verbally coherent, they share the same ambitions to get what they can while the gettin's good.

Makes me wonder if they used the same ghost writer....