November 12, 2012

Charles Krauthammer’s Nov. 9 op-ed column, “The way forward,” was troubling for a number of reasons. First, Mr. Krauthammer’s suggestion that the GOP lost the Latino vote by a large margin solely because of conservative immigration ideology is patently wrong, and it’s representative of the narrow thinking and tone-deafness that crippled the Republican Party in the election.

Latinos are diverse and include many middle-class, lower-middle-class and poor citizens. Economic policy mattered the most to all Americans this election season, and the GOP’s baseless claims and promises of trickle-down prosperity didn’t resonate with Latinos any more than they did with other Americans.

Second, Mr. Krauthammer’s hope that Republicans can solve their Latino problem by packaging “amnesty” as a new position is dashed for one simple reason: It’s already a Democratic policy, proposed and even partially acted upon by President Obama and numerous progressive leaders over the past four years.

Mr. Krauthammer may have missed it, but the way forward was made clear on Election Day.

Andrew E. Van Ostrand, Washington

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