The Media Double Standard on Hispanic Political Loyalties

To be clear, the problem isn’t that Republicans tend to talk ad nauseam about border security, law and order, and national sovereignty. Those are all good things, and most Latinos support them as well. The problem is that, when it comes time to put actions behind their words, Republicans tend to act in ways that are dishonest, hypocritical, simpleminded, mean-spirited, and, yes, racist. And none of that sits well with many Latinos.

On this point, we all agreed. The Republicans are likely to pay for their immigration sins for decades to come, and lose one election after another until the debt is settled.

But where the discussion really got interesting was when I made the point that Democrats were not in the clear either. President Obama’s support among Latinos is, I said, “a mile wide and an inch deep” in part because he hasn’t delivered on immigration reform as promised. In fact, his surrogates such as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano actually go around the country bragging about how many illegal immigrants have been deported. That, too, does not sit well with many Latinos.

If relations aren’t improved, I warned, don’t be surprised if many Latinos just stay home and sit out the 2012 election -- something that would, without question, hurt Obama’s reelection chances in a half dozen or so key states.

Todd asked Sidoti about that. Begrudgingly, the reporter agreed. After all, she said, Latino voters are “fickle.” A few seconds later, she said it again. Latino voters are "fickle."

Hmm. Fickle, eh? How condescending.

Note the mindset of the elite and Obama-friendly D.C. media. If Latinos don't vote for Republicans, it's because they’re understandably outraged over being picked on and treated as scapegoats. But if Latinos don't vote for Democrats, it's because those voters are fickle.

Above all, the message goes, those who make up the nation’s largest minority group just don’t know how lucky they are to have a national leader like President Obama -- not to mention an all-knowing and all-feeling Washington press corps that is intent on reminding them.