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How should Harry Reid say gracias? Con mucho humildad.

By Edward Schumacher-Matos

Latinos Tuesday helped save the Democrats from total defeat by coming through with outsized participation in a few showcase races, none more high-profile than that of Harry Reid. The Tea Party and Republicans gunned particularly for the Senate majority leader, and until the last few days, he looked like a goner. But the Latino vote came out --- 12 percent of the vote -- and Reid received an extraordinary 90 percent of it, according to estimates by LatinoDecisions, the only poll that specifically tracked Latinos. Reid would have lost handily to Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle without that lopsided support.

Added to the estimated 86 percent of Latino voters who went for victorious Barbara Boxer win in California, Hispanics contributed in the clutch to help Democrats hang on to control of the Senate after losing the House.

Meanwhile, a single Latina did in Meg Whitman in the California gubernatorial race. And she was just a maid.

The wealthy Whitman was either winning or tied in polls with Jerry Brown until the news broke that as she prepared for the race, she fired her longtime housekeeper, Nicandra Díaz Santillán, for being in the country illegally.

Brown, too, got an estimated 86 percent of the Latino vote, but she was killed even more by white voters who found the firing to be heartless. Whitman made it worse four days before the election by telling Fox News that Diaz should be deported. This for a woman who worked for nine years in the Whitman household and was said by the candidate to be like a member of the family.

Busy working adults, especially professional couples with children, in California depend on their maids, many of whom are illegal, and do come to treat them actually like family, paying for lawyers and helping them become legalized.

A policy lesson was slapping Whitman in the face, but she shrunk from it to pander instead to a minority, anti-immigrant Republican base in California. The lesson was that ways need to be found to regularize unauthorized immigrant unskilled women workers, because without them, the explosion of American women in the workplace over the last few decades -- women like Whitman herself -- will come to a screeching halt.

According to exit polls, Whitman got only 40 percent of the female vote. Just desserts?

By Edward Schumacher-Matos  | November 3, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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My guess is a huge number of illegals voted in this election and with no LEGAL way to enforce Citizenship verification, California and the Nevada lost to a foreign power.

Posted by: HernandezUSA | November 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Please, you idiot, then why didn't the Dems win more elections in Arizona and New Mexico?

Posted by: Observer691 | November 3, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I have to pull out my state identification to enter a federal building or get on an airplane. But voting has not such requirement.

Voting on the honor system worked fine decades ago when there weren't many millions of illegal aliens stealing jobs and glomming whatever they can get. It is past time to require valid ID at polling places.

Posted by: BerkeleyBW | November 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't it be muchA humildad?

Posted by: aliakmalik | November 3, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Hum.. yes Dems are smiling today on the West Coast but these victories in California and Nevada may turn out to be more damaging in the long run.

Does anyone think the incoherent and nationally despised Harry Reid will be a better Senate Majority Leader for Obama and the Dems than New York's Chuck Schumer ? Give me one reason !

Jubilant liberals forget Repub Meg would have challenged the entrenched Unions and the State Dems in California.. and maybe pulled it out of its death spiral... Repub Fiorina might have gotten some sympathy in a GOP-controlled Congress..

Does anyone think Dems Brown, Boxer, and Reid will be getting future bailout aid for their still failing states ? from a GOP House ? zero.

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

How will Reid say"gracias"? By blocking any immigration reform that doesn't grant full amnesty to the 20,000,000 ILLEGAL aliens.

Don't be shocked when the dems try to sneak some sort of amnesty through, maybe even in this lame-duck session. It is total payback for the hispanic vote that got them elected, and a poke in the eye to all of those who entered this country legally.

Posted by: Mar51 | November 3, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

We now have a governor and lt. governor who were mayors of SANCTUARY CITIES. Any doubt that all of California will be a sanctuary state?

Why isn't the Obama Administration suing California for a policy that conflicts with Federal law the way they are Arizona?

Posted by: Mar51 | November 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Over the years both parties have taken the money from the people, to fund irrational earmarks that are become a serious problem today and must exempt from any new laws enacted. Perhaps introduce a flat tax, so nobody is exempt from paying taxes on any item purchased and reduce the size of a bureaucratic nightmare called the IRS (Internal Revenue Service.) The stimulus- tarps and special overhauls of financial institutions will stop now, same as special trade privileges for China. Hasn’t anyone notice that they are building a giant war machine on our dollars exported. All free trade agreements must be renegotiated or we better still, withdraw from the humiliating genuflecting to foreign countries. Over abundance of foreign trade has wrecked this countries manufacturing commerce. My spouse has a habit of buying cheap goods, made in cheap labor countries that break down or never work as promised. Start loaning money to small and medium business enterprises, as they are the job generators--banks, financial investment firms or the auto industry. Start taxing all good coming into the country and use other deterrents to stop the importation of cheap labor goods; lordy! we don't even produce our own televisions anymore?


The strong arm of Unions such as SEIU is stealing the lifeblood from taxpayers, with huge pension agreements especially in Liberal extremist States like California. These Unions are full of Marxists and violent people, who will do anything to get what they want. The example is Jerry Browns, and ultra Liberal Senators like Boxer, a senior citizen that will also kowtow to the Unions and drain money from the State. Under Jerry Brown California will stagnate as he is another demented Liberal that because of millions of dollars in Union dues, provided to him will be indebted to the Union mob. It’s almost laughable that he has been reinvented, after the years when he almost bankrupt Oakland. In the 1960's Los Angeles—a Sanctuary City--was never the open toilet it has become now, full of illegal aliens, criminal nationals and the likelihood of cells of hidden terrorists.


Posted by: infinity555 | November 3, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

California has a poorly managed welfare system where many people want something for nothing, including illegal aliens who use false ID. We must sever all welfare and public subsidies to non citizens that will save billions for the overtaxed US. August 11, 2009--Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced that welfare to foreign nationals with nationalized babies projected a cost over a 12 month period – this would exceed $575 million dollars. Those infants of illegal aliens in the County collected nearly $22 million in welfare and over $26 million in food stamps. Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over $1 billion dollars, which includes $350 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations. Twenty-four percent of the County’s total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal aliens born in the United States. This is the legacy of the Liberals for decades of extorting money from citizens, to pay the way for foreigners.


Ex Speaker Pelosi has been shepherded out of her contented position as House speaker and all other politicians are under the gun to be carefully watched and any deviation and spat out in 1220, if not committed to the people. The Dream Act or any form of another Amnesty must be confronted by an iron fist. Any form of Amnesty will attach access to our Social Security, even for those who have paid nothing into the system. With Amnesty comes chain migration of family members; mothers, fathers and siblings bring all there ills; the sick and infirm that taxpayers will be further burdened with. This is an absolute travesty against the American people, who have paid towards their retirement all their lives. All Tea Party newcomers going to Washington will be carefully analyzed for their voting on issues that does not conform to our will.


They will be dislodged from their seat if they vote during a Lame Duck bill to do with given criminal foreigners a pass to Amnesty. America is drowned in debt from previous administrations that has spiraled to an amount of 14 Trillion dollars, and now the Senate leaders Reid and Boxer wants to give criminals— Amnesty? That the Heritage Foundation has stated it will add a cost 2.6 Trillion to settle them indefinitely. Various issues will be either repealed or revised according to the Tea Parties platform. To return empowerment back to states and shrink the Federal Government, which means giving education policies back to states, and reduce bloated entities such as the Department of Education. This should be invested in the schools and parents, not run by the federal authorities or layer upon layer of civil administrators.

Posted by: infinity555 | November 3, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

California has a poorly managed welfare system where many people want something for nothing, including illegal aliens who use false ID. We must sever all welfare and public subsidies to non citizens that will save billions for the overtaxed US. August 11, 2009--Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced that welfare to foreign nationals with nationalized babies projected a cost over a 12 month period – this would exceed $575 million dollars. Those infants of illegal aliens in the County collected nearly $22 million in welfare and over $26 million in food stamps. Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over $1 billion dollars, which includes $350 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations. Twenty-four percent of the County’s total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal aliens born in the United States. This is the legacy of the Liberals for decades of extorting money from citizens, to pay the way for foreigners.


Ex Speaker Pelosi has been shepherded out of her contented position as House speaker and all other politicians are under the gun to be carefully watched and any deviation and spat out in 1220, if not committed to the people. The Dream Act or any form of another Amnesty must be confronted by an iron fist. Any form of Amnesty will attach access to our Social Security, even for those who have paid nothing into the system. With Amnesty comes chain migration of family members; mothers, fathers and siblings bring all there ills; the sick and infirm that taxpayers will be further burdened with. This is an absolute travesty against the American people, who have paid towards their retirement all their lives. All Tea Party newcomers going to Washington will be carefully analyzed for their voting on issues that does not conform to our will.


They will be dislodged from their seat if they vote during a Lame Duck bill to do with given criminal foreigners a pass to Amnesty. America is drowned in debt from previous administrations that has spiraled to an amount of 14 Trillion dollars, and now the Senate leaders Reid and Boxer wants to give criminals— Amnesty? That the Heritage Foundation has stated it will add a cost 2.6 Trillion to settle them indefinitely. Various issues will be either repealed or revised according to the Tea Parties platform. To return empowerment back to states and shrink the Federal Government, which means giving education policies back to states, and reduce bloated entities such as the Department of Education. This should be invested in the schools and parents, not run by the federal authorities or layer upon layer of civil administrators.

Posted by: infinity555 | November 3, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

WHAT THE TEA PARTY EXPECTS?


I’m proud of being a supporter for the Tea Party of West Michigan, that as-one-people of Americans, we believe in an overhaul of our government. Not Just the majority party, but the Republicans as well, who have both run away with the idea that they are shielded from the people’s intervention of the financial mess they have brought our children and their grandchildren. I noticed there is a bad taste in the mouths of the Lib-ocrats, as they now must swim the same way as the moderate Conservatives or get caught up in the Tea Party rip tide. These election results are an ultimatum that this is a growing revolution; it is the mounting anger of the Tea Party. Both parties are notified now that even though the midterm election is over, the Tea Party has only just begun to clean house in the halls of Congress. The people have spoken and it’s about the revulsion of the corruption in Washington and in State Capitols.

Posted by: infinity555 | November 3, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Please, you idiot, then why didn't the Dems win more elections in Arizona and New Mexico?"

Posted by: Observer691

From 2004 until last week, Arizona required proof of citizenship to register to vote. The 9th Circuit Court derailed it last week. But the law was in force for this election and that prevented a "Reid" in Arizona, with the exception of one race. The story above is true, Hispanics were the swing vote in Reid's re-election. In CD7 in Arizona, Raul Grijalva is on the verge of re-election even though he called for a boycott of his own state over SB1070. His district is well over 50% Hispanic. He represents Mexicans, not his state and his supporters represent illegal aliens with their votes, just as in Nevada. And both of these races represent MEXICO and the invaders still waiting to come here.

Got it?



Posted by: ZOO1 | November 4, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle is a nice lady but she talked about Social Security privatization and she did not specify what age group will be forced into privatization. There are millions of baby boomers who have paid in all their lives to Soc Sec and they do not like it when they are told they are going to be cut off. Nobody wants to see millions of homeless baby boomers, most of them armed, out in the streets spawning a boodbath revolution out of hunger. She has to come up with a cutoff age because saying she will privatize "Younger workers" is not specific enough. I don't live in NV but I think that just enough people got worried. Next time she runs, if she will say that she is going to privatize those who are born after Jan 1, 2000 and leave everyone else alone then I think she will win. The silent baby boomers may not say it but they will vote on that one issue. Saving Social Security...not matter what rhetoric someone says to them.

Posted by: thirdpartyvote | November 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I was just wondering. How many Tea Partiers do you think actually were Obama supporters and voters two years ago? Would they say they were?

Posted by: thirdpartyvote | November 4, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for Obama, McCain, or even Bush. But as an outside observer, who does not believe in either party, I can tell you that Obama still has just as much power as he had before if not more. He now has a chance to blame Republicans for anything that goes wrong. The House will try to pass a bunch of things, the Senate will block and even if they don't, Obama will have his veto pen out. So where is the change?

Posted by: thirdpartyvote | November 4, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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