Race is on for Millender-McDonald seat

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 HAT TIP: Long Beach Press Telegram By Gene Maddaus

As soon as Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald is laid to rest today, the race to succeed her in Congress will begin in earnest.

State Assemblywoman Laura Richardson is expected to formally jump into the race this afternoon, while state Sen. Jenny Oropeza plans to make her announcement Wednesday. Both are Democrats.

Though Oropeza is considered by many to be the favorite, she is likely to face strong opposition from black leaders who are intent on holding on to an African-American seat in Congress.

“Without a doubt, the powers that be will make an effort to maintain that seat as an African-American seat,” said Gardena City Councilman Steve Bradford. “There’s plenty of viable African-Americans who can step in and fill that seat.”

Millender-McDonald was one of four black members of California’s congressional delegation. When she was elected 11 years ago, her district was 33.6 percent black. Since then, the black population has fallen sharply, to 22.7 percent today.

The district includes Compton, Carson, most of Long Beach and parts of Los Angeles. Nearly half the population – 47.6 percent – is Latino.

“I don’t think the 37th is going to be an African-American district for much longer,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a politics professor at USC. “I think it’s going to be Latino.”

Still, the demographic advantage does not guarantee the seat to a Latino candidate. Latinos make up a smaller percentage of the electorate than of the general population. But it does present a challenge to black candidates.

At the California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego over the weekend, state Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) said he would meet potential candidates either Friday or Saturday in an effort to narrow the field.

“We’re going to see if we can come up with a consensus,” said Dymally, who chairs the Legislative Black Caucus. “Several candidates have indicated an interest. They all can’t win.”

Aside from Richardson, the potential black candidates who have been mentioned most frequently are Compton Councilman Isadore Hall and Millender-McDonald’s daughter, Valerie McDonald.

At the convention, Hall said he expected to make a decision within a week.

“I think that (the 37th District) being an African-American seat is very important,” Hall said. “We don’t want to lose a member on that caucus.”

Hall also said that McDonald, who has worked on her mother’s AIDS walks for many years, could be a formidable candidate.

Carson Councilman Mike Gipson, who is not running for the seat, said, “We just want someone we can go to, like we’ve had in the past.”

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set a June 26 primary election. The top Democrat in the field – who could get only a fraction of the total vote – will advance to the general election on Aug. 21 and will almost certainly win, given the overwhelmingly Democratic registration in the district.

In addition to Oropeza, at least one other Latino candidate, Long Beach 7th District Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga, is considering a run.

Limiting the number of black candidates in the race would avoid splitting the black vote. In the interviews he will conduct later this week, Dymally said he would be looking for candidates with strong financial support and a good organization around them.

Dymally said there is a danger in using race as a factor in endorsements, but others said the purpose of the meetings is to help elect a black candidate.

“I think it is a priority for the Congressional Black Caucus as well as the state Legislative Black Caucus,” Gipson said. “There’s going to be a strong, concerted effort to ensure that this seat remains an African-American seat.”

The 37th District is not alone in losing black voters. Rep. Maxine Waters’ adjacent 35th Congressional District is more than half Latino, with the black population dropping below 30 percent. Rep. Diane Watson’s 33rd District is more evenly mixed, but is also less than 30 percent black.

Some expect that when the boundaries are redrawn in 2011, a segment of black voters in Millender-McDonald’s district will be transferred to Waters’ district to shore up her base. So even if a black candidate wins the seat this year, he or she could face a tough primary challenge from a Latino at some point in the next decade.

“They’re going to be losing a seat under any circumstance,” Jeffe said. “It’s a mirror of reality. It does decrease the black representation, but the black percentage of the population isn’t growing either.”

41 thoughts on “Race is on for Millender-McDonald seat

  1. dblhelix

    NMP raises this issue in the open thread. It is very challenging.

    While MD-04 doesn’t look like CA-37 (yet), you can google Wynn’s record on immigration rights/amnesty & you’ll see a 100% favorable voting record. The writing is already on the wall, and PG leadership is already brokering ‘power-sharing’ arrangements, although we are nowhere close to a situation where a Hispanic will challenge for a district like MD-04.

    My general impression is that the Hispanics are extremely well-organized here despite their small numbers in the actual voting population.

    Not splitting the vote is a start. Dare I say that ability to speak Spanish would be a plus?

  2. dblhelix

    OT:

    rikyrah — they caved and are now going to the NH debate.

    Obama agreed 90 min after she did.

    I guess there was some backlash building, like you predicted. Their official excuse is that this was not one of the DNC’s six “sanctioned” debates.

  3. rikyrah

    dblhelix,

    I was coming to post this too.🙂

    LOL

    I told you, those folks don’t play. They take this Presidential Politics stuff VERY SERIOUSLY.

    It gets annoying, but it’s one of the things I respected most about the New Hampshire-ites. It’s not a joke to them.

  4. dblhelix

    OT:

    So, there’s this little story on the fp of mydd about some guy who set up the ‘barackobama’ myspace url two yrs ago. The campaign wanted him to transfer it to them. The guy asked for compensation. The Obama campaign accused him of hustling & went to myspace to shut it down.

    This forces me into alternative theories. I thought there was a method to this madness. Perhaps Obama is just cheap. Pennies scream around Obama. Too thrifty with a dollar. The stories that are coming out now have a common theme: We’re not getting paid by Obama!

    You don’t go around to the media boasting that you’ve got $26 mill w/o a long line of people waiting to get paid. Maybe that’s why snakes in his own campaign have been leaking memos — didn’t get paid!

    There’s moles in all fifty states that wake up every four years to get paid. CBC needs to get paid.

  5. Y’all,

    Despite the demographics, Miss Laura has done her homework and produced a statistical analysis of the voting patterns of African Americans and found that in normal years, Black folk make up 37% of the voting electorate while Hispanics make up 15%. Sistah is in it to win it.

  6. dblhelix

    Black folk make up 37% of the voting electorate while Hispanics make up 15%. Sistah is in it to win it.

    This sounds on-target. I did a similar analysis in my district last year. We found that substantially most Hispanics were not eligible to vote. Turnout for registered Hispanics is low. Age is one of the primary indicators of liklihood to vote, and the average age of the White voting population > Black voting population >> Hispanic voting population here. I don’t recall the exact numbers, but the difference b/t White & Black was about 5 yrs, but the difference between Black and Hispanic was closer to ten.

    Nevertheless, I would expect rapid growth of the Hispanic voting population — not too early to start planning for the future.

  7. rikyrah

    Y’all,

    Despite the demographics, Miss Laura has done her homework and produced a statistical analysis of the voting patterns of African Americans and found that in normal years, Black folk make up 37% of the voting electorate while Hispanics make up 15%. Sistah is in it to win it.

    I believe this.

    Though they have the numbers…
    Too many aren’t LEGAL
    Those that are LEGAL are not yet CITIZENS
    and too many who are CITIZENS do not vote.

  8. rikyrah

    This forces me into alternative theories. I thought there was a method to this madness. Perhaps Obama is just cheap. Pennies scream around Obama. Too thrifty with a dollar. The stories that are coming out now have a common theme: We’re not getting paid by Obama!

    You don’t go around to the media boasting that you’ve got $26 mill w/o a long line of people waiting to get paid. Maybe that’s why snakes in his own campaign have been leaking memos — didn’t get paid!

    There’s moles in all fifty states that wake up every four years to get paid. CBC needs to get paid.

    dblhelix,

    I can feel you here.
    Those that should get paid, pay them.

  9. JoPo

    Hey guys…
    FYI.. an inside civil rights atty has noted that the Supreme Court is chipping away at Brown vs Board of Education.
    An opinion is likely this week.

  10. dblhelix

    I believe this.

    Though they have the numbers…
    Too many aren’t LEGAL
    Those that are LEGAL are not yet CITIZENS
    and too many who are CITIZENS do not vote.

    Absolutely. I used the Pew estimates for ‘unauthorized’ to arrive at a figure of around 60% not legal in MD.

    Of the remaining, a substantial fraction have a green card, not citizens yet.

    The voting-eligible slant young.

    But you can see where this is going.

    From a political perspective, Black-Hispanic antipathy will be exploited as the Hispanic presence continues to grow.

  11. dblhelix

    JoPo —

    are you referring to decisions in the Seattle & Jefferson County (KY) cases?

    Next set of SC opinions are expected on the 14th.

  12. JoPo

    Yes dblhelix, it is. The Court will likely say that race cannot be used as a factor (at all) in student assignments to public schools, which may sound good but in reality would hinder districts who try to integrate schools, despite highly segregated housing patterns, from doing so.

  13. dblhelix

    Are you going to watch the MSNBC GOP Debate?

    I guess it’s time to monitor what these clowns are up to. I’m only familiar w/ McCain & Giuliani – time to find out how frightening the others are. Wait, I take that back — I’ve seen and heard Brownback up close and personal, but you would never believe where – Metropolitan AME, Rosa Parks service. He delivered a good eulogy, but his politics I can’t abide.

    I’m most interested in how Giuliani manages himself. My personal belief is that the mid-Atlantic region is primed for a law-and-order candidate, so he worries me.

  14. rikyrah

    OT: I’m sort of LMAO at the Obama/ MySpace debacle.

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA

    When you mess up, you gotta pay.

    OT: I guess I’ll watch the debate too. I’m hoping Ron Paul will be entertaining.

  15. NMP

    Too many aren’t LEGAL
    Those that are LEGAL are not yet CITIZENS

    True, but the operative word is YET. However, WHEN immigration reform passes, a significant number of the illegal population will be able to vote and within a generation there kids, American citizens, WILL be voting. As I said before, and I’ll say again and again, this country is no longer White and Black; it’s White, Brown and Black in that order. If demographic trends hold, Latinos will double their population by 2050 (twice the number of African Americans). A year ago, Latinos had nothing in common except their language now they have shared political interests, so they will be voting this election in unprecedented numbers and the percentages will grow exponentially with each election cycle. A decade from now, they will have not only cemented their status as the largest minority group, but the most influential. A sleeping giant has been awakened. The only question is where does that leave us?

  16. NMP

    dblhelix/rikyrah

    I don’t think the myspace guy should be paid a penny. It would be setting a terrible precedent. Most campaign workers are volunteers. One of my co-workers and a couple of his peers in the climate change community have taken a leave of absence to work on the Obama campaign, and they’re not getting paid as they didn’t get paid when they worked for Kerry (my colleague makes over $100,000). He knew when he started the web page, it was a volunteer effort, and it’s more than reasonable for the Obama campaign or any campaign to want to control their messaging. Sure, offer him an official role in the campaign or credit him for the site, but he shouldn’t get paid.

  17. rikyrah

    True, but the operative word is YET. However, WHEN immigration reform passes, a significant number of the illegal population will be able to vote and within a generation there kids, American citizens, WILL be voting. As I said before, and I’ll say again and again, this country is no longer White and Black; it’s White, Brown and Black in that order. If demographic trends hold, Latinos will double their population by 2050 (twice the number of African Americans). A year ago, Latinos had nothing in common except their language now they have shared political interests, so they will be voting this election in unprecedented numbers and the percentages will grow exponentially with each election cycle. A decade from now, they will have not only cemented their status as the largest minority group, but the most influential. A sleeping giant has been awakened. The only question is where does that leave us?

    I agree with you and everything you said, but I can’t help it if it just irks me that a Black man can be thrown in jail for breathing wrong, and these folks, wholesale come in, breaking the law, up and down, and now, will become citizens? WTF is that?

    Just last week, they had the nerve to protest ‘ the amount of force’ the government used to bust a place providing phony documents.

    Let me tell that again.

    The government busts a phony document provider, and they protest ‘ the amount of force’.

    Now, let you, me, or Pookey be the ones providing phony documents, and see what happens.

    Identity Fraudi is NOT a victim-less crime…it can destroy someone’s financial life – for years.

    And, for those who would like to jump on me for being un-PC, there is no kumbaya ‘alliance’. The only ones talking about ‘alliances’ is Black folk, because these folks come here racist – AGAINST US – they’re not remotely interested in ‘ alliances’. Only what they can do to pimp us. IF, our ‘ so-called leaders’ had any sort of interest in our community, they’d be using this ‘ alliance’ mess, as quid pro quo – you want this, then help us get ex-felons re-enfranchised. Why does this never come up in the conversation? Why haven’t ANY of them defended the rights of Haitians to come here? They’re awfully silent on the issue.

  18. NMP

    Obama must feel like a young cat from the hood that makes it the NBA or NFL…nobody thought they would make it, but the minute a brother makes some money, EVERYBODY got their hand
    out. This dude from my space is like the baby momma claiming he is the daddy of her 2-year-old son. First it was the crack head friend from high school asking for money, then the CBC and now this dude. I wish Dave Chappell was still on the air just so he could do a skit on it.

  19. dblhelix

    NMP A sleeping giant has been awakened

    Oh, I agree. I thought it interesting that our governor put the leader of Casa de Maryland on his transition team. Everybody knows what the deal is.

    With respect to your last question – projecting into the future as you do, one sees that whites will be only barely in the majority, and at some time, in the minority. So, it appears as though politically, there is only one path.

    If not careful, the seeds will be sown to foster & perpetuate Black/Hispanic hostility. This ensures that the fighting children will always be seeking paternal attention.

    The preferred path, IMO, is to play a key role as a swing bloc, which means working w/ a broad range of political partners while maintaining a sense of identity and autonomy.

  20. rikyrah

    Obama must feel like a young cat from the hood that makes it the NBA or NFL…nobody thought they would make it, but the minute a brother makes some money, EVERYBODY got their hand
    out. This dude from my space is like the baby momma claiming he is the daddy of her 2-year-old son. First it was the crack head friend from high school asking for money, then the CBC and now this dude. I wish Dave Chappell was still on the air just so he could do a skit on it.

    OMG

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    See, that’s why I love the blogosphere. The image of this is just hilarious.

    And I do mean, hilarious.

    NMP, you’re on point.

  21. dblhelix

    NMP: I don’t think the myspace guy should be paid a penny.

    Problem is, (unless I’ve got the story wrong) that he was offered money to transfer the site and its maintenance over to the campaign. When they didn’t like the sum, they blew him off and went directly to myspace.

  22. dblhelix

    rikyrah: IF, our ‘ so-called leaders’ had any sort of interest in our community, they’d be using this ‘ alliance’ mess, as quid pro quo – you want this, then help us get ex-felons re-enfranchised. Why does this never come up in the conversation?

    I can say w/ 100% certainty that Hispanics/Blacks and some Whites worked together here to restore ex-felon voting rights. I am absolutely certain on this.

    Why haven’t ANY of them defended the rights of Haitians to come here?

    You’ve got me here. I must tell you that I’ve noticed that everyone has something negative to say about Haitians around here.

    Just last week, they had the nerve to protest ‘ the amount of force’ the government used to bust a place providing phony documents.

    What we have here is a small group that is highly organized and effective. They do rattle some cages. The Hispanic coalition here has political presence/power completely out of proportion to their numbers.

    BUT. What I would say on this,

    that a Black man can be thrown in jail for breathing wrong, and these folks, wholesale come in, breaking the law, up and down, and now, will become citizens

    is that these are two separate issues — in other words, addressing the former requires greater political organization and the same effective tactics for redress.

  23. dblhelix

    NMP: One of my co-workers and a couple of his peers in the climate change community have taken a leave of absence to work on the Obama campaign, and they’re not getting paid as they didn’t get paid when they worked for Kerry (my colleague makes over $100,000)

    BTW, I took off eight months last year, so I understand where you’re coming from.

  24. NMP

    rikyrah,

    You’re ABSOLUTELY RIGHT on every point, but I’m still torn. There are evenings I’m working late, and I can’t help but sympathize with the custodial crew that works at a feverish pace after coming from their 1st or 2nd job. In that instant, I’m ready to join them in their demonstrations; then, I get home and see that a house on my street that appeared empty when I left in the morning now has 50 people living there, and I’m ready to call INS. I joke, but it’s really hard for me to take a firm position although I know our long-term interests are being threatened, us as a minority group and the nation as a whole. I can’t lie…I DO resent how White Democrats appear to be bending over backwards to accommodate them when we’ve had to struggle for every limited right and opportunity we’ve gained and still struggling. We still haven’t gotten our 40 acres and mule, and they are about to get half of the damn country.

    And I hate to sound elitist, but what’s going to happen to the brain trust of this country if our fastest growing population is largely poor and uneducated? Recognizing that the White population is declining, our population is stagnate, and China and India are exploding economically (with the eventuality that they will stop exporting their best and brightest to the US), how do we continue to compete and win globally? I hate to sound dramatic, but if you studied the fall of the Roman Empire, this is eerily reminiscent.

  25. NMP

    “If not careful, the seeds will be sown to foster & perpetuate Black/Hispanic hostility. This ensures that the fighting children will always be seeking paternal attention.”

    dblhelix,

    Isnt there already and not necessarily of our making? I think we tend to overly-romanticize Latinos in that they are painted as a non-prejudicial group who come to this country with a love of all people and desire to be part of the meling pot. Let’s remember that the African diaspora spreads through Latin America and historically and currently they are oppressed. Duke U. completed a study last year that revealed that an overwhelming percentage of Latinos come to this country with pre-conceived prejudices of African Americans. Look at what’s happening in LA. While Black “leaders” are pandering to Latino groups, there are neighborhoods where African Americans are literally prisoners in their homes because Latinos don’t want them there. There have been several killings, including a teenage girl, that hasnt gotten a lot of national press. I fear that an “allegiance” would be one of convenience with us eventually assuming a subordinate role. Maybe I’m being too much of a self-preservationist because I’m looking to maximize whatever influence we have left as a group before forging an alliance.

  26. dblhelix

    White Democrats appear to be bending over backwards to accommodate them

    They accomodate cheap compliant labor.

    I’ve been following a controversy within the SEIU in CA.

    The rank & file are against union leadership support of ‘guest worker’ programs w/o a path to citizenship (or a very difficult path).

    Guest worker programs undercut our legal work force.

    So what would you do, politically speaking? Would you advocate for the perpetual slavery program in order to keep down the legal Hispanic population (but undercut the Black working-class), or would you advocate for citizenship path and compete on equal footing?

  27. dblhelix

    Duke U. completed a study last year that revealed that an overwhelming percentage of Latinos come to this country with pre-conceived prejudices of African Americans.

    I lived in the Caribbean for four years. I know exactly what you are talking about.

    While Black “leaders” are pandering to Latino groups, there are neighborhoods where African Americans are literally prisoners in their homes because Latinos don’t want them there.

    It is one thing entirely to talk on a high-level about how to proceed. It’s another thing to implement.

    The problem is with leadership, yes Black leadership, too. Do you know why the alliance appears to be so one-sided? Because our leadership stands to profit from the cheap, compliant labor as well.

    This has always been my #1 problem with The Covenant. What is unspoken is that the agenda works only if you have representatives on board to work with.

  28. NMP

    “So what would you do, politically speaking? Would you advocate for the perpetual slavery program in order to keep down the legal Hispanic population (but undercut the Black working-class), or would you advocate for citizenship path and compete on equal footing?”

    dblhelix ,

    Your question PERFECTLY illustrates my moral dilemma. To be honest, I just don’t know.😦

  29. Y’all

    I love how I stumble on the right subject to get the juices flowing without even knowing it.

    With regard to the black/hispanic rivalry, it is alive and well. I understand the reasons for it, but in the end, it will be used as a weapon against African Americans in the race for power. Eventually, republicans are gonna choose an emerging minority group to make an alliance with and guess who it ain’t gonna be.

    We need to put a stop to that shit now. We have far more in common with the Latino community then we think. We need to have a united leadership which works for the elevation of working class folk-regardless of race. We can win this race if we unite.

  30. Denise

    The first order of business is to learn to speak their language…and even if you choose not to speak it, AT LEAST KNOW WHAT PEOPLE AROUND YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.

  31. rikyrah

    And I hate to sound elitist, but what’s going to happen to the brain trust of this country if our fastest growing population is largely poor and uneducated? Recognizing that the White population is declining, our population is stagnate, and China and India are exploding economically (with the eventuality that they will stop exporting their best and brightest to the US), how do we continue to compete and win globally? I hate to sound dramatic, but if you studied the fall of the Roman Empire, this is eerily reminiscent.

    You can sound as elitist as you want, because you’re not saying anything that the liberal Paul Krugman, and that guy Samuelson in Newsweek haven’t already pointed out.

    We already have enough poor, uneducated folks of our own. We don’t need to be importing anymore.

    We need to put a stop to that shit now. We have far more in common with the Latino community then we think. We need to have a united leadership which works for the elevation of working class folk-regardless of race. We can win this race if we unite.

    SB,

    I don’t mean to be snarky, but exactly what do we have in common with a group that COMES HERE RACIST AGAINST US.

    Period.

    Look at the Hispanic Channels – do you see ANY Black folk on them – not in a subservient position? Nobody would remotely belileve that Africa shipped anything South of the Carribbean, if you look at their television.

    You look towards an ‘ alliance’. I’ll say it again – they don’t want an alliance with your Black self. They don’t like the Blacks in their OWN country…why would they come here and make any? Yours is a ‘kumbaya’ position.

    I hate to be as cynical as I am about this, but this alliance mess ain’t happening’. Because, the only ones halfway coming to the table is US.

  32. rikyrah,

    Girl, you done hurt my po little feelin’s. I jus’ wants what’s best for all of us. Call me idealistic if you want, but Obama is the one that makes me feel this unification is possible when he ain’t pulling some B.S. like the above. 🙂

  33. dblhelix

    The way I read this:

    We need to put a stop to that shit now. We have far more in common with the Latino community then we think. We need to have a united leadership which works for the elevation of working class folk-regardless of race. We can win this race if we unite.

    it’s about survival, not kumbaya or PC.

    Breaking it down.

    1. We need to put a stop to that shit now

    This is crucial b/c we still have time.

    2. We have far more in common with the Latino community then we think.

    I recently looked at a map of subprime lending in PG. I know many of the neighborhoods — the dark spots that indicate a high concentration of subprime mortgages don’t discriminate — they are found both in Black & Hispanic neighborhoods.

    We need to have a united leadership which works for the elevation of working class folk-regardless of race

    We know we don’t have that now.

    During Katrina, I felt helpless. I called Mikulski, Sarbanes, Cummings, Wynn, Hoyer. I got one letter back.

    What I learned from Katrina is that any of the problems that you want to point to — inner city, rural, schools, exploitation — the way I see it, there will be No Assistance. Hell, evacuating a city and rebuilding is easier than any of the serious problems.

    It’s not just Bush. Katrina has opened the door to allowing a new wave of intolerance and greed … because we showed that we couldn’t fight back; have no political power. And now we should take on another enemy??

    We can win this race if we unite

    Primary night, Mfume joked that ‘we’ve got to find the guy with the 12K votes in his pocket.’

    Those votes were sitting in neighborhoods in PG & Baltimore where people didn’t bother to exercise their franchise. They didn’t tell us that Mfume was shady nor did they elect him.

    That’s what I’m bitter about. I don’t spend any time thinking about what the Dems did or didn’t do — because our destiny was in our own hands on this. 43-41.

    The problem is so severe that uniting needs to be from the ground up. You have to prove to people who have checked out of the system that collective action can accomplish modest goals — things that influence everyday living.

  34. rikyrah

    Girl, you done hurt my po little feelin’s. I jus’ wants what’s best for all of us. Call me idealistic if you want, but Obama is the one that makes me feel this unification is possible when he ain’t pulling some B.S. like the above

    You are too funny for words. SB, my thing is, we simply can’t have a one-sided ‘alliance’. When we’ve needed them to stand up with us, where have they been?

  35. Good point rikyrah…why is it that Univision and Telemundo looks like 1950s domestic TV programiming…with black folks invisible except when wearing a maids uniform?

    SB: “We can win this race if we unite”

    Truer words were never spoken. The divide and conquer strategy was invented by the Romans but perfected by Uncle Sam. You know the haves won’t give up the ship to the have nots without a serious struggle and these so-called leaders selling out the rank and file to the high bidders is obstacle numero uno!

  36. rikyrah

    Ernesto,

    You are too funny for words. Too funny for words.😉

    One more question…

    Where is this Hispanic Caucus on voting rights for DC?

    Where are they on Statehood for Puerto Rico?

    birds chirping……birds chirping……

  37. rikyrah

    SB: “We can win this race if we unite”

    Takes TWO sides to unite.

    I want to know where they have met US halfway….on ANYTHING?

  38. NMP

    SB,

    How do you know that Democrats are working to displace us as their base? African Americans under 30 are increasingly Independent, so wouldn’t it make sense for White Democrats to look to the Latino underclass as their “new” natural constituency? Rather than remaining the most loyal and eventual irrelevant constituency of the Democratic Party, we need to start looking seriously at becoming the new swing bloc.

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