Greg Abbott's mother-in-law strategy and the Hispanic vote

The smashing victory Greg Abbott pulled off in the Texas governor’s race, humiliating the endlessly touted Wendy Davis by more than 20 points, was accomplished with the help of 40% of the Hispanic vote.  Abbott, who as governor will have to find ways to pay for the costs of illegal immigration, is no Amnesty Now! type.  He favors border security.  So how on Earth, the Deep Thinkers of the left wonder, did he do it? One way, according to Kiah Collier of the Austin American-Statesman, is by playing some identity politics of his own, capitalizing on his Hispanic wife and especially his mother-in-law: Standing under a glaring sun at a get-out-the-vote event in the Rio Grande Valley last week, Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa wrinkled his nose at the thought of the Spanish- and English-language television ad featuring Greg Abbott’s Hispanic mother-in-law. Hinojosa, who lives in Brownsville, said no one in the predominantly Latino...(Read Full Post)