Wake up and smell the coffee: Cuban exile Welferianos are now the majority
That's what my mom called them: "welferianos." Since I've lived my entire adult life up north, where we get blizzards in early November and Cubans are as rare as a total solar eclipse, I've never known if she made up the term, or picked it up from her Cuban friends in Chicago. It was a term she always voiced with measurable disgust, in reference to those Cuban exiles who refused to work and lived off the public dole. Gimme, gimme, gimme... dame, dame, dame.... Always on the take, always selfishly living off someone else's work, always proving through their behavior that they hadn't really left Cuba for the sake of freedom, but rather for the sake of better handouts than Castrolandia could provide for them.
She ran into them, even in cold Chicago, where they schemed to find their welfare ticket back to Miami and some government-subsidized housing.
Well, it seems these welferianos have gained the upper hand. This election proved it.
From the Financial Times. A fairly superficial but succinct report on the rise of the "new" Cuban exile voters: the Welferianos who sided with Mariela Castro and voted for the Prince of Redistributionist Handouts.
Cuban-Americans stun Republicans
By Richard McGregor in Washington
More Cuban-Americans, once a reliable conservative bulwark in Florida, voted for Barack Obama in Tuesday’s election than Mitt Romney, underscoring the breadth of the demographic wave that engulfed the Republican party.
Mr Obama is leading Mr Romney by 50,000 votes out of 8.3m ballots cast in final counting in Florida, the only state yet to be decided, and is expected to be declared the winner within days. Exit polls in Florida by Fox News and the Pew Research Centre both recorded Mr Obama beating Mr Romney with Cuban-Americans by 49 per cent to 47 per cent.
Other exit polls, including one by the Miami Herald, showed the vote to be more even or with Mr Romney slightly ahead with Cuban-Americans.
But even parity is a triumph for the Obama campaign given the longstanding loyalty of anti-communist Cubans to the Republicans.
“This marks a dramatic realignment of politics in that state,” said Jim Messina, the Obama campaign manager.
Republicans will be worried that a community they had long been able to rely on was turning away from the party in Florida, the largest of the swing states and always a prize in the presidential poll.
Continue reading the whole nauseating piece here.