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Rove warned the GOP about Latinos

(Tony Gutierrez/AP)

But don’t forget that it was Karl Rove who warned repeatedly years ago that Republicans needed to reach out to Latinos in order to remain competitive. And his former boss, President Bush II, picked up a healthy chunk of Latino support.

Any presidential candidate who mentions the phrase “self-deportation” — infuriating Latinos and driving up turnout — will find it difficult, if not impossible, to win.

Some of the initial Republican fury over the voters’ incomprehensible ignorance naturally tended to be somewhat incendiary.

“We are in a war. We’re in a war to save this nation,” Michael A. Needham, chief executive of Heritage Action, an arm of the Heritage Foundation, said in a video message.

And highly regarded conservative legal analyst Ed Whelan, weighed in on the National Review Online Web site with this: “Great nations rise and fall. Anyone who takes for granted our country’s continued vitality is a fool.

“As I see it,” he continued, “last night’s elections confirm my fear that the great American experiment in constitutional republicanism is in grave peril, if not doomed. I very much hope that I’m wrong, and I will continue to work to prevent my fear’s ever being realized, or at least to defer as long as possible the date of the grand and awful collapse, but the fundamentals look terrible.”

Well, the GOP still controls the House. And Republicans — especially if they stop nominating Mourdocks and Akins — should be able to retake the Senate in a couple of years. And by then the duck will be quite lame.

So not to worry.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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