I don't know if this has been raised, but the President himself, right before the election told the Des Moines Register that he was sure he would get a second term because the Republicans had completely alienated the fastest growing voting bloc in the country, which was the Hispanic community.
I rarely agree with the President, but as a Latino priest, he is spot on in that assessment about the Republicans. In California, Republicans are generally despised by the Latino population across the board as being a party that denigrates Latinos or Hispanics as a group of illegal ne'er do wells and free loaders who should do the country a favor and "self-deport." Even Hispanics who are native or legal immigrants view Republicans as synonymous with "white racists."
What is shocking is how often Hispanics poll as being pro-life and not enthusiastic about gay marriage. They also make up a large part of the military recruits who fight in this country's wars. In many ways, they identify with values of the Republican party, but they want no part of it. It is the number one, uphill battle we priests in California face when we deal with the need to vote pro-life and pro-natural marriage. The Latinos agree with us but then vote solidly Democratic.
Latinos voted pro-Obama not because they are pro-Obama, but because they are anti-Republican. In some cases, in hotly contested districts, they voted 70% for Obama, which is astounding. I strongly, strongly suspect that when you subtract the Hispanic Catholic vote, you will find that a good majority of non-Hispanic Catholics voted for Romney. But once you throw in the Hispanic Catholics, the percentage swings to a Catholic majority for Obama. But really, it is the Hispanic Catholics pushing that percentage over the top for Obama, not the rest of the Catholic population.
Add to the mix the dominant presence Hispanics are assuming in the American Catholic Church, and you may see Catholic percentages always favor the Democrats for years to come, unless the Hispanics can be brought around to forgive the Republican party.
As a Mexican, I can positively state that when you get on our bad side, it is hard for us to forgive and we will never forget you are an enemy. When we are your friends, we will fight for you to the death. Unfortunately, for most Hispanics, the Republican party is considered an avowed enemy to Latinos. Each year, more and more are going to the polls to remind the Republicans of this, and this year, they were more than happy to give you the result you saw on Tuesday, November 6th.
I don't care how they do it, but the Republicans have a lot of work ahead of them. In California, Republicans are a dead and lifeless party because of just how much they are hated by Latinos with the intense hatred and grudge which a Latino is capable of, with few candidates, less influence and power, and with no prospects of recovery with the Latinos. But perhaps across the nation the Republicans might begin some fence mending. I don't know how, but they need to do it. The sooner, the better.
See this article by Mona Charen:http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/11/09/charen-one-big-failure/?subscriber=1