by Andy Kirchoff
As a Republican, I think I can speak for all of here at Cafe con Leche GOP that “disappointment” does not begin to convey my feelings over Mitt Romney’s loss, as well as the Democratic pickups in the United States Senate. Nonetheless, I remain optimistic about the Republican Party’s future. Pundits can claim (and indeed, they already have!) that the GOP is doomed, out of touch, retrograde, etc. – but those are the same claims that were made about the Democrats in 2004, when George W. Bush won a second term and the GOP gained many more seats in the U.S. Senate than had been initially forecast by the analysts and pundit class. In 2008, the GOP was written off as dead after Barack Obama’s landslide victory, and went on to win landslide victories in 2010. So fear not what the pundit class says about the GOP being “dead.” Suffice it to say that we are alive and we aren’t going anywhere.
Cafe con Leche Republicans was formed under the pretense that the GOP was not doing enough to court Latino and immigrant demographics – and in some cases, even alienating these crucial voting blocs. Regardless of whether or not you agree with our immigration platform, there can be little doubt at this point that, when it comes to Latino outreach, the GOP can and *must* do better. I will again take the liberty of speaking for the entire organization in saying that we will continue to work with and in the GOP to attract Latino voters and promote commonsense, conservative immigration policy amongst the GOP grassroots.
Onward to 2014, and GOP victories in the future for years to come.