First Lady Jill Biden compared Hispanics to a taco for breakfast. Anyone surprised?

First Lady Jill Biden compared Hispanics to a taco for breakfast. Why would anyone be surprised in Texas? I’m not. This is how residents of the American East Coast and Northeast think. For decades they have tried to convince Hispanics throughout the American Southwest that they care about you, your neighbors, your nation’s territories, and your future. And they’ll compare you to “tacos” or “bodgas” to prove it.

But they don’t care about you. They don’t even know who you are. Jill Biden is no different from her husband, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, or groups of Republicans or Democrats representing states such as Delaware, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont and Massachusetts. At best, Latinos make up 20% of their states. In the case of a state like Ohio, the rate is 4%.

Jill Biden’s comment isn’t as offensive to me as it is usual in Washington, where their regionalism blinds them and they have abstained from immigration and border security for four decades. why? Because it’s not their backyard and Hispanics live elsewhere. Before the Democrats blamed the Republicans, Barack Obama could pass whatever he wanted in the first two years of his presidency, giving the cold shoulder to Spaniards, borders and immigration in general.

Jill Biden was arrested like Donald Trump in front of her. Trump greeted Hispanics at Cinco de Mayo with the infamous taco tweet. It was just as stupid. Of course, the system was worse for Hispanics than Biden or Trump. We elect candidates from our parties, starting with the primaries or caucuses in Iowa (6.7% Hispanic) and New Hampshire (4.4%). Breakfast tacos take a back seat to corn and the fierce independence of the Granite State. If 2020 is any indication, South Carolina (6.4% Hispanic) is sacrificing all relationships. Throw it in Nevada, if you want to, but only hardcore politicians can remember that Nevada is among the top four, and Hispanic issues take a back seat to syndicate members who work in casinos and hotels in Las Vegas.

In November of presidential years, Arizona is probably the only frontier state to stumble upon, so breakfast tacos may be eaten during fundraising events, if at all.

There will be some in Texans who think Biden’s fake blunder is more than reason to rally around Beto O’Rourke for governor. This does not make sense to me. The Texas Democratic Party is more interested in being pertinent to national meetings than in the lives of those in Texas. It’s been so since Ann Richards addressed the Democratic National Convention in 1988. By shifting to the political left, the party lost its way with Texas voters. When former Governor Bob Bullock died in 1998, it likely completed the transformation into a left-wing party beholden to the capital.

Maybe I’ll be wrong. Perhaps Democrats will try to win on the issues Texas faces every day, such as inflation, keeping the power grid running, education, border issues, public safety, health care costs and mental health.

My reaction is that O’Rourke is going to try to claim four years in the governor’s mansion with a platform that embraces abortion on demand, turns its back on the oil industry, outruns the guns, and shows Hispanics the door at the expense of transplants from California, Illinois and other “blue states” that She came to Texas because her employers love our state’s corporate culture and the lack of a state income tax.

In terms of electoral strategy, Democrats can only win statewide if they control major cities and their suburbs or do better than O’Rourke’s 9 percentage point advantage with Hispanics, according to a University of Houston poll released in the past. week. Trump’s performance in 2020 may lead the Democrats to pick the first.

Jill Biden’s unfortunate “breakfast taco” moment may be yet another reminder that Democrats can’t take any more from a demographic that demands more than a pat on the head every now and then. You don’t have to compare Hispanics to a breakfast taco or a bodega to show that you can’t tell what they’re going through on a daily basis. But Jill Biden did, and we’ll see if her party struggles with her comments.

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