The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Republican Party may be able to survive in an increasingly diverse California by making Asians “white.”
According to the Times, the strategy has worked marvelously well for the Republican Party of Orange County.
The Times analysis goes like this: Contrary to any portrayal as racist troglodytes, the GOP here has proven a pioneer in diversifying O.C.’s politics. The man who created the county’s modern-day GOP, Tom Fuentes, was Mexican American. The first Latino on the Orange County Board of Supervisors was Republican Gaddi Vasquez. Although Latinos sure as heck don’t embrace him as one of their own, even O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas is half-Mexican.
For some magical reason, Orange County Republicans are totally OK with Asian American politicians.
The Times’ analysis is correct. Asian American Republicans dominate Orange County politics. Three of the five members on the Board of Supervisors are Asian Americans; the clerk-recorder is a Vietnamese refugee.
This fall, there’s a strong possibility the county will send two Asian immigrants to the state Senate and three to the Assembly. Many more young, diverse GOP faces are waiting in line in local offices.
So why do Republicans still loath Mexicans, the state’s largest demographic?