Newsflash: Latinos breath air, consume food

Greg Rodriguez brings it. The essence:

Nationwide, no fewer than eight black House members--including New York's Charles Rangel and Texas' Al Green--represent districts that are more than 25% Latino and must therefore depend heavily on Latino votes. And there are other examples. University of Washington political scientist Matt Barreto has begun compiling a list of black big-city mayors who have received large-scale Latino support over the past several decades. In 1983, Harold Washington pulled 80% of the Latino vote in Chicago. David Dinkins won 73% in New York City's mayoral race in 1989. And Denver's Wellington Webb garnered more than 70% in 1991, as did Ron Kirk in Dallas in 1995 and again in 1997 and '99. If he had gone back further, Barreto could have added longtime Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, who won a majority of Latino votes in all four of his re-election campaigns between 1977 and 1989.

That is just, well, true. I've said my piece on Latino racism, but I think at the end of the day Greg is just right. To simply say Obama lost Nevada because Latinos hate blacks is reductionist. It's the sort of line which, one word at a time, strips Latinos of any sort of complexity and humanity.