Yesterday Bloomberg.com published a puff piece about Joe Garcia and the fictional generational shift among Cuban-American voters. Beyond the recycled garbage we’ve seen countless times in the Herald and other publications, this excerpt caught my attention:
Garcia says he doesn’t advocate completely abandoning the embargo because too many people still support it. Instead he emphasizes domestic concerns and wants to lift restrictions Bush imposed in 2004 on travel to Cuba and sending money there.
God forbid that Joe have his own convictions on the issue, it’s far easier, I suppose, to put one’s finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing. It’s so transparent that Joe’s position on the travel restrictions is based solely on opinion polls. But as I’ve expressed here many times, it’s one thing to answer a query from an anonymous questioner on the phone and another to pull the proverbial lever at the election polls. Voters weigh the entire package when they are selecting a candidate. And Joe is trying to deliver a message that is so nuanced (for the embargo but against the Bush 2004 restrictions) that it’s unlikely to net him any votes. In fact I’m willing to bet he’ll lose votes because of it.