Republicans should drop outreach efforts to potential Latino voters. White voters are much more likely to back the GOP. That's the conventional wisdom-defying message from veteran conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.
ABC News/Univision reports that Schlafly, 88, said on the "Focus Today" radio program:
I think that's a great myth because the Hispanics who come in like this are going to vote Democrat. And there is not the slightest bit of evidence they are going to vote Republican.
The people the Republicans should reach out to are the white votes - the white voters who didn't vote in the last election. And there are millions of them...
The propagandists are leading us down the wrong path. There is not any evidence at all that these Hispanics coming in from Mexico will vote Republican.
Schlafly's political advice runs counter to prevailing views about how Republicans can win the White House again. With black voters casting ballots at historic rates and the rapid growth of Latinos and Asian-Americans, a critical mass of GOP thinkers agreed that the party needs to attract non-white voters.
Schlafly has been active in conservative causes for decades. She is known for her opposition to modern feminism and for her campaign against the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Her self-published book, A Choice, Not An Echo, became a manifesto in support of Republican Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential bid. She has co-authored books on national defense and was highly critical of arms control agreements with the Soviet Union.
Her views on the GOP's need to win over white voters echoes advice given by Goldwater more than a half-century ago Goldwater vowed to "go hunting where the ducks are" by using his vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to persuade white Southerners to abandon the party of their forefathers, the Democrats.
Goldwater disdained any effort in the South even to retain the support of a vestigial core of middle-class black Republicans that dated all the way back to Reconstruction. But Goldwater moderated his views considerably in later years.
Politix, and via ABC News/Univision.