Minority voters arrive

Weintraub in HealthyCal says a society of of whites showing up at the polls, thus keeping political dominance over minorities who shun elections, is a thing of the past.

About 40 percent of California’s voters are non-white. And they voted their 40 percent numbers on Nov. 6, he reports. The implication to Republicans: embrace diversity.

Yet some still cling to the meme that immigrants are naturaly conservative. Weintraub puts the lie to that. “Younger minorities, who are increasingly becoming the dominant force in the electorate, are just as socially liberal as their white counterparts in California,” he writes, quoting a pollster.

“As sons and daughters of immigrants get raised here, they take on the culture of their cohort,” the pollster says. “It’s the melting pot at work.”

Weintraub then serves up a delicious irony.

“Many in the party have groused about the supposed lack of assimilation into the American culture among immigrants from Latin America. But it could turn out that the assimilation of those immigrants is exactly what makes them more difficult for Republicans to reach.”

His prescription for Republicans here. 

He says California leads the nation is this demographic and political shift. California being an aggregate of cities such as Stockton, where high immigration and diversity have been the norm for decades.

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