I have heard on various talk shows that the GOP did not speak to Hispanics during the convention. Watching Mort Kondracke on The Beltway Boys on Fox News, he brought this up again. His point was that the only time any of the speakers addressed the Hispanics was when Rudy Giuliani used the word nada during his speech.
Now the real question is, what do they mean by the GOP didn’t speak to Hispanics? Did they mean that the Hispanics weren’t watching? They know this isn’t true because the ratings numbers say that 1.4 million Hispanics watched, 200,000 more watched the GOP than the Democrats even though the GOP convention was not carried on Telemundo or Univision. Or, do they mean that the GOP didn’t pander to the Hispanics?
I felt that the GOP talked to Hispanics the same as they talked to African Americans, Asians, American Indians, Polish, Italians, etc. They further talked to women of these and all other races. The short is, they talked to all Americans.
They talked about national security, the economy, taxes, leadership, they talked about many topics that are of interest to Americans. What they didn’t do was break Americans down into racial or ethnic groups or gender. In other words, they didn’t pander to any one group. They didn’t make promises to any of these groups that they cannot keep.
The left has a problem with this. They like breaking Americans into groups. This supposedly makes these groups feel special, feel targeted. The problem with making one group feel special is that you are excluding someone else. Good luck trying to get the left to see this. The sad joke here is that they believe that by not “speaking to Hispanics” the GOP is being divisive. The truth is that the GOP, by not targeting special interests groups, was being far more inclusive than the Democrats.
Another thing I love is that the Dems had a slot scheduled on Wednesday night of their convention to honor the troops. So they were “speaking” to the troops at this time. I don’t think I heard a speaker at the GOP convention that didn’t “speak” to the troops. Imagine, penciling in a time to honor the troops, incredible.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m sick to death of politicians ‘talking to’ specific groups. I view it as not only divisive but I also can’t help when I hear this that they are actually talking down to these groups. They are saying that maybe they aren’t really a part of America. Maybe they don’t have the ability to succeed given the opportunities in America, we need to “speak” to them and target them for, something. I don’t get it.