Wednesday, September 23, 2009

¿Que Pasa, Newt?

Newt Gingrich has launched a website to try to lure Hispanics into the Republican Party.

And so, conservative-minded Hispanics will find an opinion piece about how voter identification efforts are damaging the GOP brand among Latinos, a “History of U.S. Elections as Seen By Hispanics,” and a piece about how the embattled non-profit ACORN was caught in a sting that involved a false claim about 14 El Salvadoran prostitutes.

The new website, which will seek to make a profit from advertising, comes at a time when Republican strategists, and conservative activists, are expressing clear concern over Republican popularity among the Latino electorate, a swing vote in recent presidential contests.

This isn’t the first time the former Speaker of the House has taken notice of Hispanic issues or bilingualism.

It was, after all, the former House Speaker who, in giving a speech to a Republican group in 2007, described bilingual education as teaching “the language of living in a ghetto.” He’s also mocked the idea of printing government documents in anything but English, and promoted English-only measures.

In 1995, Gingrich said bilingualism poses “long-term dangers to the fabric of our nation” and that “allowing bilingualism to continue to grow is very dangerous.”

And earlier this year, it was Gingrich who blasted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a “racist,” who should be “forced to withdraw” from consideration for the high court. He added that Sotomayor had to be rejected “if Civil War, suffrage, and Civil Rights are to mean anything.”

Buena suerte, vato.