In an interview on Tuesday, Jeb told Univision’s Jorge Ramos, “The future of our party is to reach out consistently, to have a tone that is open and hospitable to people who share values,’’ adding “the conservative cause would be the governing philosophy as far as the eye could see … and that’s doable if we just stop acting stupid.”
In reference to Hispanic voters, Bush even called out the hardliners in his party, saying “You have to show a respect that the louder, angrier voices of the Republican party don’t understand.”
Now, pots call kettles black every day, but in this instance an entire political party routinely criticized for its intolerance was seemingly rendered downright accommodating. In stark contrast to current trends outside of the party, within the GOP, hypocrisy seems to bring out the best in people.
It’s important that Hispanics across the country remember this point. They’ll need to exercise all the hypocrisy they can muster to vote for the party that welcomes politicians advocating for the very Berlin-esque Wall their conservative hero demanded be torn down.
Mr. Bush, I’m sure the electorate appreciates your attempt to apologize for the ineptitude with which your party seems to address Hispanics. But your pleas may have fallen on deaf ears. It’s a difficult trick for scared white people to interpret “people who share values” as “Hispanics” – even coming from a guy with a bona fide background in being Caucasian.