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Bad news for GOP: Puerto Rico officially requests statehood. "83% of boricuas on the mainland voted for Barack Obama."


Sixty-one percent of Puerto Rico’s electorate want full American statehood. As The Economist notes, "it is still effectively a colony: boricuas are subject to American law even though they cannot vote for president or Congress."

And for them to become our 51st state, Congress would have to pass a law. Wait, our gridlocked Congress still passes laws?

[T]he Republican-controlled House of Representatives has little incentive to address the topic. According to exit polls, 83% of boricuas on the mainland voted for Barack Obama. Statehood would add two Senate seats and a House delegation of five, the same size as Oregon’s and probably as reliably Democratic.

Unless the island holds another vote that yields a different result, however, Puerto Rico has now officially requested statehood. If Democrats retake the House in 2014, they would be well-advised to try to add a 51st star to the flag.

Works for me.


VIDEO: A troubling chant on GOP convention floor as Puerto Rican party functionary took stage. “Is this happening?”


This is what happened when Zoraida Fonalledas, the chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization walked up to the lectern at the GOP convention.

Was it racism? Or was there something else going on? My gut tells me shouts of "USA! USA!" when a Latina made her entrance and tried to speak weren't about Ron Paul or Mitt Romney. I could be wrong. I hope I am.

Via Harper's:

The chanting carried on for nearly a minute while most of the other delegates and the media stood by in stunned silence. The Puerto Rican correspondent turned to me and asked, “Is this happening?” [...]

A sea of twentysomething bowties and cowboy hats morphing into frat bros apparently shrieking over (or at) a Latina.

Please follow that link for a first hand account and reaction to what took place.

Gee, I can't imagine why Republicans can't seem to connect with so many voters.

H/t: @DAKGirl


CNN: Mitt Romney will win the Puerto Rico GOP primary


Via a CNN email alert:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the Puerto Rico GOP primary, CNN projects.

Puerto Rico's 20 delegates will be awarded proportionally. However, if Romney finishes with a majority of the vote, he will take all of the delegates.

Puerto Rico's primary comes two days before the showdown in Illinois, where 54 delegates will be awarded proportionally and polls show a tight race between Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.


Mitt Romney has sailed to a win in Puerto Rico's GOP presidential primaryover chief rival Rick Santorum... Romney will top 50 percent and win all 20 of the island's delegates to the Republican presidential nominating convention in August.

Next up is Illinois on Tuesday. Polls show Romney and Santorum locked in a close race there.


Rick Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood


(Credit: Reuters/Brian Losness)

I know I keep asking this (rhetorically) but this is who Republicans admire? Richard John "Rick" Santorum? This is the person many of them would want in the White House? Someone who doesn't seem to have a grasp on the U.S. Constitution, the sacred document that they all revere and quote and carry around and accuse Democrats (especially President Obama) of violating?

(Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans on Wednesday they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue U.S. statehood, a statement at odds with the U.S. Constitution.

Puerto Rico is holding their primary on Sunday and recognizes both English and Spanish as the official languages. In November, they'll be voting on a referendum to decide on whether or not to go for statehood or keep on self-governing.


"Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law... And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language."

Memo to Ricky: The Constitution does not designate a U.S. official language. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that a territory must make English its primary language before it can become a state. Read it. You may learn a thing or two. Or twelve. Or 894378.

He must have been home-schooled in U.S. Constitution 101 by Michele Bachmann.

Puerto Rican Republicans have "always argued that issues of language and culture should be controlled by state governments and not the federal government." Funny how intrusive SmallGov McHandsOff is, what with his English-only demands and his pesky insistence that he knows more about women's reproductive health than women do.

It also could alienate the 4.2 million Puerto Ricans who live on the U.S. mainland, including nearly 1 million in presidential swing-state Florida.

Alienate millions? Gee, then Ricky would become the very alien he appears to disdain.

You know what else he doesn't like "at this time"? Allowing residents in territories like Puerto Rico to vote for president.