Donald Trump finally realized something about the population he has repeatedly, publicly, and unabashedly denigrating for months: they’ve got quite the voting power.
There are 14.7 million registered Hispanic voters in the United States—but only one of them is the WASP scion one of our country's foremost conservative dynasties. Yes: John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, the Connecticut-bred president's son and president's brother (and distant relative to the actual British monarchy) is—according to his voter registration form—Hispanic.
Texas Governor and potential presidential candidate just wrapped up another legislative session dominated by anti-immigrant babble everywhere. But give him credit, as he went to address a Hispanic conference in person yesterday! If he does this again, though, he should probably tweak, or entirely replace, his icebreaker.
Even when Democrats' fortunes tumble spectacularly in the short-term, the party can always remind itself that national demographic trends favor them in the end. Many, many old white people will die soon enough. This generation's youth voters are lopsidedly liberal. Meanwhile, Hispanics — who've voted strongly for Democrats in the last two elections after mainstream Republican rhetoric took a sharply nativist turn in 2007 — will occupy a larger and ever growing percentage of the American population. Throw in reliable support from 80-90% of African Americans, and the Democratic party could be dominant in the not-too-distant future.