Latinos have often been referred to as a “sleeping giant” in the arena of national politics. They “account for more than half of U.S. population growth and one in four American newborns,” writes Michael Scherer, a White House correspondent for Time magazine and author this week’s cover story, which argues that Latino voters could swing the 2012 election. In other words, the sleeping giant has woken up.
Scherer writes that Latinos, who currently make up 16 percent of the U.S. population, are dissatisfied with both Republican and Democratic parties— it is a dissatisfaction centered mostly on the issue of immigration. In a radio interview about the article, Scherer said summed it up this way: “Latino activists believe Republicans look like them on paper, but don't want Latino votes, while Democrats want Latino votes, but don't look like them on paper.”