Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Guide: It’s almost summer, which means that your government-subsidized free daycare (aka public school) goes on hiatus thanks to an archaic allegiance to a rural agriculture economic system that hasn’t been in play for decades. What to do with the wee ones whining 5/21/2014
8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

City Guide 2014: “Outside the Loop” is used as a pejorative by Downtown-centric cool kids, but oases of culture can be found in the sprawling suburbs of the North Side.... By Dan R. Goddard 2/24/2014
Best River Walk Restaurant

Best River Walk Restaurant

Best of SA 2012: 4/25/2012
Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

News

Romney's challenge: What Bexar County's primaries could tell America about the anti-Mormon vote

Photo: Photo illustration by Chuck Kerr, License: N/A

Photo illustration by Chuck Kerr

Photo: Steven Gilmore, License: N/A

Steven Gilmore

A new Mormon temple being constructed on Talley Road.



Related stories


During Romney's first whistle stop in San Antonio at the end of March, Latino activists staged demonstrations outside his Pearl Brewery event to voice support for the DREAM Act, a bill that outlines a path to temporary and later permanent residency for aliens brought to the U.S. as children, conditioned on completing four years in college or two in the military. They were joined by State Representative Joaquín Castro and former U.S. Representative Ciro Rodriguez. Romney has pledged to veto the bill, given the opportunity. It's a Republican nightmare: The DREAM Act is favored by absolute majorities among Democrat, Republican, and Independent Hispanics alike.

Obama, too, has disappointed on immigration reform by awarding it low priority (while simultaneously deporting record numbers of undocumented foreign nationals). But Romney and most leading Republicans reject not only the DREAM Act, but any hope of normalizing irregular migration statuses. "I very firmly believe that we have to make sure that we enforce our borders, that we have an employment verification system, and that those people who have come here illegally do not get an advantage to become permanent residents, they do not get a special pathway," Romney said recently.

By alienating Hispanic Catholics, the likely Republican candidate almost certainly loses both the Latino vote and the overall Catholic swing vote. White, conservative Catholics are now firmly a minority within this swing bloc.

So Romney finds himself lodged between a rock and hard place from which he cannot extract himself without sawing off his arm. To a greater or lesser extent, his religion will dampen his erstwhile core support among Protestant Christians, and nobody would expect him to renounce his faith in order to improve his electoral odds: that would be the ultimate waffle. But because the Republican Party has suffered a palace coup by cultural warriors like Santorum, Romney has been forced in the primary to tack hard to the right, veering away from his moderate record and thus repelling potential Catholic and Latino supporters.

Romney will backpedal frantically toward the moderate median in the general election, but drastic policy reversals will only cement criticism that the former Massachusetts governor is a policy chameleon, disingenuous and lacking conviction.

While sifting through the Bexar County primary data at the end of May, it won't matter much how well Romney did against Gingrich or Paul. Instead, campaign mavens will be looking to see just how poorly Romney fared with the conservative Bible Belt base on one hand, and, on the other, if he garnered enough Hispanic GOP support to have a prayer of approaching the 40-percent Latino vote threshold in the general election. Chances are he ain't got snowball's chance in the Outer Darkness. •

Recently in News
  • Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... | 8/27/2014
  • Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor “Conventions go to the city which exerts the greatest efforts to secure them. San Antonio can get any convention that it goes after.” That was the position... | 8/27/2014
  • Mayoral Horserace Once elected next spring, San Antonio’s new mayor will have just a few months to prepare for the 2016 budget... | 8/27/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus