Describing her as polarizing is an understatement. Many perceive Ann Coulter to be divisive and at times even anti-Latino. One of the columns she included in her new book, "Never Trust A Liberal Over 3 - Especially a Republican," is entitled "America Nears El Tipping Pointo."
In it, she states: "No amount of 'reaching out' to the Hispanic community, effective 'messaging,' or Reagan's 'optimism' is going to turn Mexico's underclass into Republicans." Now, these are precisely the kinds of comments that makes so many Latino voters think there is no way they would ever turn to the Republican party.
But interestingly enough, even Ann Coulter realizes the GOP needs the Latino vote. "Any election analysis that doesn't deal with the implacable fact of America's changing demographics is bound to be wrong."
In her new book, she outlines to those Republicans and conservatives who want to listen a basic strategy for GOP success.
This may be surprising, but as a Republican Latino - and there are many of us out there, but mostly in hiding nowadays - I agree with some of Ann's opinions.
Don't get crazy with me now - I said "some" of her opinions. When she is not hurling insults, Coulter brings up some good points on how Republicans need to shift gears if they want to win elections.
"Conservatives, we need to adopt the smart things Democrats do, not the stupid ones. We like their persistence, but not their plans to wreck the country. We like the part about winning elections, not the part about jamming execrable policies down the nation's throat."
For one, I strongly believe in Ann's comments that the GOP needs to focus on "how to win" elections by picking the strongest Republican candidates that showcase the diversity of the party and not the extreme views of the party.
She stated that Republicans should stay focused on the party's message - in order to gain support from Latinos and other minorities in America.
Coulter adds that "part of the problem Republicans always have in reaching out to Latinos and women ... is that they do not stick to the core principles of the Party ... believing in freedom, opportunity and hope in America."
The GOP can begin preaching these core believes via action by finally putting together a comprehensive immigration policy. What better way to support freedom, opportunity and hope in America!
I asked Ann whether the recent re-election by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, where he received 51 percent of the Latino vote, is a GOP roadmap on how to outreach to Latinos. Coulter says "this is a great indicator for the GOP on how to appeal to the Latino voter. Conservatives should reach out to the Latino community, but they are currently doing it the wrong way."
On immigration, Coulter does not believe "amnesty" - providing a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants - is the way to appeal to Latinos.
She mentioned that some polls show immigration is not the top priority for some Latino voters, saying that "scratchy toilet paper ranks higher than amnesty for Latinos in America."
She also adds that "...for the poorest and working class of this country ÔÇô these are the people that will get hurt most with amnesty being passed in this country."
Coulter has a myopia view of immigration by only looking at amnesty. I am shocked that as a staunch Republican she does not follow in the beliefs of her idol President Reagan who granted "amnesty" to so many in the 80's.
But again total reform is needed to give America's immigration policy a complete and much needed overhaul:
But like many Republicans and Americans for that matter forget that amnesty does not equal comprehensive immigration policy.
Amnesty is only one element of many parts that make up the whole on immigration reform in this country. Let's just follow the strategy the Republican President Ronald Reagan, the great communicator and Californian, who made comprehensive immigration policy happen....almost 30 years ago.
Can the GOP finally be listening or is this just Coulter "marketing" to sell more books? Or maybe I can just tutor Ann in the art of compassion, which is the truly the American way! - See more at: Jimmy's Politico.