THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2022
Alberta breaks nation's heart: How will next week's elections turn out?
We have no idea! On TV shows, the children are busy with polls this week. If they'd simply wait one additional week, they could start to find out who won.
Along the way, one fact does seem fairly clear. Across the nation, Democrats have been losing ground with Hispanic voters.
No one knows where that process will end. But in his new report for The Atlantic, Tim Alberta starts as shown below, gloomy twin headlines included:
WHY DEMOCRATS ARE LOSING HISPANIC VOTERS
The left has alienated America’s fastest-growing group of voters just when they were supposed to give the party a foolproof majority.
Have you ever met someone who’s watching their life’s work—their very legacy—fall apart in front of their eyes? I’m talking to two of them right now.
Earl and Mary Rose Wilcox spent the morning juggling plates of chorizo and shouting orders in Spanish toward the kitchen behind them. Now they’re catching their breath in a corner booth at El Portal, the South Phoenix restaurant they’ve run for two decades. They point out the members of their family depicted in a mural on the nearby wall, retracing the mission that brought them to this place and wondering aloud how it all went wrong.
I came to Arizona looking to answer the question of why, over the past few years, so many Hispanics have fled the Democratic Party. This exodus is evident across numerous counties, congressional districts, and battleground states, but the stakes seem highest in Arizona, where Republicans are promoting a slate of extremist candidates and counting on Hispanic voters to help put them in office.
What I found is Earl and Mary Rose, a couple in their mid-70s and the twin bosses of a Phoenix political machine, reckoning with the same awful conclusion I have heard from so many Hispanics, both here and around the country. “The party doesn’t care about us,” Mary Rose tells me. “They pretend to care every two years.”
The gloomy report goes on from there, then on and on and on.
Alberta's findings could be right, or they could always be wrong. That said, the numbers do seem to have been sliding, and the bad faith and bad judgment described in Alberta's report seem to come, live and direct, straight outta our blue tribal world.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep—but our failing tribe draws its leadership cadre from the ranks of the "highly educated." That cadre draws its ideas from the ranks of the assistant, associate and adjunct professors, and few groups are more reliably clueless.
Who lost all those Hispanic votes? And how did they manage to do it?
Alberta goes into painful detail. He could always be wrong, of course.