New Dems Go to the World Cup

In the 2004 election season, John Kerry's general election campaign received $75 million that it used from August to November.*  That's a whole lot of cash.   But it spent less than $1 million on its Latino media and political efforts.  That's obscenely small, inexcusable, even negligent.

Not everyone, however, has adhered to the worn out, burned out approach that led to this ridiculous strategy.  Many operatives in 2004 acted against advice offered by the top Kerry strategists who argued that there was no reason to talk to black voters before November (because they always support Democrats), that reaching out to faith voters was a waste of time (because churchgers only care about abortion), and that Latinos are Democratic base voters (because they are minorities).  This attitude led to significant drop-off in black support for Kerry in Ohio and Florida, to a belief that voters with morals only supported Republicans in 2004, and to Bush winning 40% of the supposedly-Democratic Latino vote.  

One innovator on the Latino front was the New Democrat Network.  They have now followed their efforts in 2004 by running radio, television, and Internet ads aimed at World Cup soccer fans in the United States.   The campaign starts today, as the first World Cup matches are played, and will continue for five months.  The group's founder, Simon Rosenberg, deserves credit for continuing to pursue a group of voters that the larger Democratic establishment has ignored while the Republicans have simultaneously pursued in a smart, aggressive manner.  (Of course, the right-wing and the White House are about to destroy all their hard work with their immigration agenda.)

The NDN knows that politics, unlike soccer, is more than a game.  Their innovation and persistence deserve our praise.

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* This $75 million in general election money was in addition to the immense amount that Kerry spent winning the nomination and leading up the the July 2004 Democratic convention.


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An African-American View on the Immigration Debate

Over the next few months we're going to try and bring in guest-bloggers that talk about areas of politics we know little about. Tom will be guest-posting at MyDD for a week or so on African-American politics. Here's his bio: Tom Grayman is a pollster, the publisher of the political website The Intelligence Squad, and is author of the book Ghosts of Florida: Making Elections Fair for Blacks.

So the GOP has decided to drop the felonization of undocumented immigrants from its immigration reform idea stew. I take that as a sign of two things:

1. The GOP is in disarray.
2. Taking to the streets can still make a difference.

If only African-Americans still believed in the power of protest to the same extent (I'll address that matter in another post).

What I'd like to do here and now is not so much discuss the GOP's retreat, as to bring an African-American perspective into the broader immigration debate.

Research has strongly suggested that African-Americans - specifically the too-large class of under-skilled African-Americans - suffer from illegal immigration to a highly disproportionate degree. If one of the biggest problems with illegal immigration is that it lowers wages for unskilled work - and even skilled labor - to a level below what the American standard of living requires, it should be blacks (as well as Puerto Ricans and Latino permanent US residents) who are crying out the loudest against illegal immigrants.

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Why anti-Iraq war candidates should court Latinos!

If the Democrats don't recruit these working class Latinos they are truely lost.

Crossposted from Dameocrat Blog

More Than 500,000 Rally in L.A. for Immigrants' Rights - Los Angeles Times: "More Than 500,000 Rally in L.A. for Immigrants' Rights
By Teresa Watanabe and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
2:51 PM PST, March 25, 2006

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More Than 500,000 Rally in L.A. for Immigrants' Rights

(Cross posted on my blog

That's what am talking about [LA Times - March 25, 2006]!

Joining what some are calling the nation's largest mobilization of immigrants ever, hundreds of thousands of people boisterously marched in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security wall on the U.S. southern border. Spirited crowds representing labor, religious groups, civil-rights advocates and ordinary immigrants stretched over 26 blocks of downtown Los Angeles from Adams Blvd. along Spring Street and Broadway to City Hall, tooting kazoos, waving American flags and chanting "Si se puede!" (Yes we can!). The crowd, estimated by police at more than 500.000, represented one of the largest protest marches in Los Angeles history, surpassing Vietnam War demonstrations and the 70,000 who rallied downtown against Proposition 187, a 1994 state initiative that denied public benefits to undocumented migrants.

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