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December 8, 2012

Joaquin Castro takes on Ann Coulter

Filed under: Issues,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 3:10 am
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San Antonio’s newly-elected congressman, Joaquin Castro, took on conservative provocateur Ann Coulter on his Facebook page today by posting the following on his wall – “Why does the Republican Party continue to include Ann Coulter as a spokesperson for the Party?”  The post also included a link to a Huffington Post column titled, “Ann Coulter’s Outrageous Insult to Latinos.”

Before reading either the Huffington Post column or the Coulter column that prompted this diatribe, I read the 304 commenters.  Amazingly, the commenters said nothing about either column, but instead they merely spewed their venom toward Republicans in general and Coulter in specific.  The following is just a sampling:

  • I think it’s because their base supports her bigoted speech and believes the same things she espouses.
  • Because, they are the party of hate and intentional stupidity
  • she is a person i can hate!!
  • But forget about Hitler’s favorite woman, we gotta get you in the Senate and your brother in the governor’s office!!!
  • She and Rush represent a significant portion of opinion in the GOP—that’s why they are given time, a platform and lots of money. For spewing hate—let’s call it what it is—racist hatred, pure poison!
  • Because they are racist pigs!
  • The Jew in me says , keep making those statements. Anne is a bigot, a bitc- and will help the Democrats attract more people. I have always thought she was a dumb- bitc-.

After reading the comments, I read the columns and then posted the following comment to Joaquin’s post:

  • Ever heard of the kettle calling the pot black? It amazing how many friends of Joaquin’s seem to have nothing but hate for Coulter. I wonder how many bothered to read her column. Although it was certainly slanted, it was also fact-based and thought-provoking. How many commenters bothered to challenge any of her facts? None of the scores that I read. And with respect to slanted writing, I suspect that a fact-checker would conclude that the Huffington Post analysis of Coulter’s column was more slanted and misleading than Coulter’s column. And finally, Joaquin, you should know better than to suggest to your friends that Coulter is a spokesperson for the Republican Party. She has always been a far-right provocateur, not a party spokesperson. She might be called a rabble-rouser; please don’t you become one, too.

Regarding Coulter’s column, which is titled, “America Nears El Tipping Pointo,” I found it thought-provoking because it made some insights based on a 2012 voting analysis that I have not previously seen.  Although the media narrative is that Romney lost the woman, young, and minority vote, Coulter drills a little deeper and points out that Romney actually convincingly won the young white vote (54%-41%).  Thus, one could argue that Obama’s special connection is not with the young, but rather with the young minorities.

This insight on young voting is consistent with the better-known clarification on women voting.  Again the media, to fit its narrative, asserts that Romney had a gender gap with women, but by drilling deeper, the numbers reveal that Romney actual won the married-women vote, but lost badly to the single women.  It’s amazing how much different it is to say that Romney had a problem with women and the young instead of saying he had a problem with single women and young minorities.

The major part of Coulter’s column, however, focused on her concern that the Republican Party should not expect Hispanics, because of their hard-working and conservative values, to gravitate toward their party.  According to Coulter, America’s Hispanic population is neither hard-working nor conservative, and she uses a variety of statistics to support her claim:

  • In 1980, Hispanics were only 2 percent of the population, and they tended to be educated, skilled workers who got married, raised their children in two-parent families and sent their kids to college before they, too, got married and had kids. (In that order.) 
    That profile has nothing to do with recent Hispanic immigrants, who — because of phony “family reunification” rules — are the poorest of the world’s poor.  More than half of all babies born to Hispanic women today are illegitimate. As Heather MacDonald has shown, the birthrate of Hispanic women is twice that of the rest of the population, and their unwed birthrate is one and a half times that of blacks.

 

  • Charles Murray recently pointed out that — contrary to stereotype — Hispanics are less likely to be married, less likely to go to church, more supportive of gay marriage and less likely to call themselves “conservative” than other Americans.  Rather than being more hardworking than Americans, Hispanics actually work about the same as others, or, in the case of Hispanic women, less.

The Huffington Post column, by Roque Planas, tries to refute Coulter by presenting evidence that Hispanics are not lazy people excessively dependent on welfare.  As its principal evidence, it puts forward the following conclusion of a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

  • Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 64 percent of the population in 2010 and received 69 percent of the entitlement benefits. In contrast, Hispanics made up 16 percent of the population but received 12 percent of the benefits, less than their proportionate share — likely because they are a younger population and also because immigrants, including many legal immigrants, are ineligible for various benefits.

Planas must not have expected his readers to read the entire paragraph because the last qualifier essentially negates all of the numbers that preceded it.  Further, the statistic refers to entitlements, most of which are at least partially earned, and says nothing about the non-entitlement welfare, including food stamps.

Planas also criticizes Coulter because, “She singles out immigrants from Latin America as particularly ‘nitwitty,’ saying they have too many babies out of wedlock, without citing a published source for the assertion.”  Well, Planas, why don’t you provide us a published source supporting your position?

As I noted in my comment to Joaquin Castro’s post, Coulter is a provocateur.  Furthermore, this discussion is obviously politically incorrect.  But as a practical matter, this is the sort of thing that politicians must consider when they think about cobbling together a coalition that will amount to a majority. 

Regarding the charge of racism, it wasn’t racist for mainstream Republicans to assert that Hispanics will gravitate to the party because of their hard-working conservative values.  Why should it be racist for Coulter to challenge that assertion be declaring that, based on statistics, Hispanics in America are not all that hard-working or conservative?

 

 

 

 

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