MAKING VOTE-SUPPRESSION TACTICS LITERAL…. Conservatives embrace a variety of efforts to suppress the votes of those who might disagree with them. The tactics are no doubt familiar by now: vote caging, ID laws, “voter integrity” squads, etc.
But in Nevada, a conservative group is taking a vote-suppression strategy to its literal ends, taking out ads telling Hispanic Americans that they just shouldn’t vote at all.
The president of Latinos for Reform, Robert Desposada, is a conservative political consultant and political analyst for Univision, but he said the ad is a sincere effort to express Hispanic frustration with the Democrats failure to deliver on immigration reform.
“We’re saying what a lot of people are feeling. It’s the only way for Hispanics to stand up and demand some attention,” Desposada said, adding that he also couldn’t ask voters to support Sharon Angle.
Let me get this straight. Desposada sees Angle running on an anti-Hispanic campaign platform, and believes Angle’s approach to immigration policy is racist. Desposada also knows that if Angle wins, she’ll pursue an anti-Hispanic policy agenda in the Senate.
Logically, then, Desposada believes Hispanic voters should make a conscious, deliberate effort to help Angle win, so she can work against the community’s interests for the next six years. What’s more, Desposada believes Hispanics will have their voices heard if they stay home, refuse to say anything, and play no role in the political process at all.
Latinos for Reform, in other words, is trying to suppress the Latino vote, and make reform far less likely.
I’ve seen some dumb campaign strategies this year, but this might be the most inexplicable.