Matt Lewis

It’s not rocket science

Today, Andrew Sullivan nominated me for an “Yglesias Award” on his blog The Dish. The award is defined as being “for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe.”

My thanks to Andrew for the nice mention. But I don’t think it’s deserving of an award.

As I said, the first (and most obvious) way for the GOP to improve its relations with the Hispanic community is simple: change the tone. No matter how amazing the policy, if you sense the person offering it doesn’t like you personally, then you’re not going to buy it. That’s just part of human nature.

Hispanics should feel like part of the Republican Party. The fact that many clearly don’t tells us a lot about the problem.