Regarding the chart above, Steve Benen offers THIS:
Mitt Romney took an enormous gamble about a year ago: he would run very far to the right on immigration policy, alienating the fastest growing segment of the American electorate on purpose, in order to secure the Republican Party’s nomination. Then, he hoped to be able to avoid a drubbing from Latino voters in the general election.
It was an offhand comment made in August, but one of the more important quotes of 2012 came from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who conceded, “The demographics race we’re losing badly. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
The question then becomes what the party intends to do about it. As the party does some wound-licking and soul-searching, I might suggest putting this at the top of the to-do list. If party leaders think “self-deportation” is the appropriate solution, they can expect to see more results like yesterday’s.