Buchanan: Republicans Just Need To Worry About White Voters

July 14, 2009 9:40 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Does Pat Buchanan think of himself as "first and foremost" a white person?

In his weekly hate-screed at Human Events, Pat Buchanan offers Republicans advice for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.  The column, "How To Handle Sonia," is also posted at the website of Buchanan's political action committee, The American Cause

After complaining about the media's "respect" for Sotomayor relative to "white Christian woman" Sarah Palin -- an inappropriate comparison given the disparity in their breadth of relevant experience -- Buchanan gets to the crux of his argument: Republicans shouldn't worry about alienating Hispanic voters; if they focus on winning a higher percentage of the white vote, they'll be fine.

In 2008, Hispanics, according to the latest figures, were 7.4 percent of the total vote. White folks were 74 percent, 10 times as large. Adding just 1 percent to the white vote is thus the same as adding 10 percent to the candidate's Hispanic vote.

If John McCain, instead of getting 55 percent of the white vote, got the 58 percent George W. Bush got in 2004, that would have had the same impact as lifting his share of the Hispanic vote from 32 percent to 62 percent.

But even Ronald Reagan never got over 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. Yet, he and Richard Nixon both got around 65 percent of the white vote.

Buchanan goes on to suggest that Senator McCain "might be president" if he were "willing to drape Jeremiah Wright around the neck of Barack Obama." In other words, McCain didn't do enough to pursue white people. 

The rest of the column is filled with smears against Sotomayor.  Buchanan decries her "lifelong resolve to discriminate against white males" before writing, "Sonia is, first and foremost, a Latina."

First and foremost a Latina? What about a human being? Or an American? As much as "Pat" doesn't like it (as long as we're calling people by their first names), she was born in the same country he was.  Does Buchanan think of himself as "first and foremost" a white person?  Sadly, he probably does. 

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