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Entry from April 30, 2012
Hispandering (Hispanic + pandering)

"Hispandering” (Hispanic + pandering) occurs when a someone (such as a politician) panders to a Spanish-speaking constituency. The politician might produce election literature half in English and half in Spanish, advertise on Spanish-language television, be photographed doing Spanish dances, and so on.

The blogger Mickey Kaus popularized the term “Hispandering” in his Kausfiles on the online magazine Slate in July 2002. However, “Hispandering” has been cited online since at least July 20, 2001, when it was used in The Federalist(r) Digest (The Conservative e-Journal of Record).

The similar term of “spandering” (Spanish-speaker pandering) has been cited in print since at least 2008.


Wikipedia: Mickey Kaus
Robert Michael Kaus (pronounced /ˈkaʊs/; born July 6, 1951), better known as Mickey Kaus, is an American journalist, pundit, and author best known for writing Kausfiles, a “mostly political” blog which was featured on Slate until 2010. Kaus is the author of The End of Equality and had previously worked as a journalist for Newsweek, The New Republic, and Washington Monthly, among other places. Kaus attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School but has never practiced law. He has a brother, Stephen Kaus, who is a lawyer and occasional commentator on The Huffington Post. His late father was California Supreme Court Associate Justice Otto Kaus, a Democrat. He is not married. He currently resides in Venice Beach, California.

Urban Dictionary
Hispander
Verb: to Hispander means to pander to Hispanics.
Noun: an Hispander is one who panders to Hispanics.
The term was created by Mickey Kraus (Slate Magazine), popularized by Linda Bentley (Sonoran News), and is currently practiced by many low-life politicians.
Dick Gephardt’s recent Hispandering proposal to “legalize undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for five years and worked in the country for two years . . .”
by Mark Yannone Feb 17, 2008

Google Groups: alt.politics.democrats.d
CB
Jul 20 2001
THE FEDERALIST(r) DIGEST
The Conservative e-Journal of Record
* Veritas Vos Liberabit *
20 July 2001
Federalist #01-29 Friday Digest
(...)
Quote of the week…
>From the “Hispandering” File: “The president, who never misses an
opportunity to demonstrate that his Spanish is better than his English and who only last month ordered the Navy and Marines off their bombing range in Puerto Rico, is trying now to figure out a way to grant legal status to millions of illegal Mexicans without countenancing contempt for the law. ...George W., perhaps with an excess of conservative compassion, is unwilling to risk inviting new immigrants here on terms that would be fair to everyone, new immigrants most of all. He could begin by insisting that illegal Mexicans obey the law and learn the language as a condition of staying. By encouraging them to adhere to old-country customs and language, however much fun it may be to show off border-bordello linguistic skills, he dooms them to lonely isolation with scant hope of climbing out of a miserable ghetto of penury and cultural poverty. Such is the price of the pander.”
--Wesley Pruden

Google Groups: alt.politics.democrats.d
CB/Kel-Tec P32
Mar 15 2002
THE FEDERALIST(r) DIGEST
The Conservative e-Journal of Record
* Veritas Vos Liberabit *
15 March 2002
Federalist Edition #02-11
Friday Digest
(...)
Even worse, though, border security is still hole-y as a sieve—and likely to get worse instead of better, because of politically correct and politically expedient Hispandering!

Google Groups: alt.politics.democrats.d
CB/Kel-Tec P32
Apr 3 2002
THE FEDERALIST(r) CHRONICLE
The Conservative e-Journal of Record
* Veritas Vos Liberabit *
03 April 2002
Federalist No. 02-14
Wednesday Chronicle
(...)
From the “Hispandering” Files:
“Republicans are desperately—but unsuccessfully—seeking Hispanic support. The president’s trip...to Latin America is part of an orchestrated strategy to curry favor with Latino voters in the United States.”—Former California Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, ...

VDARE.com
GOP Can’t Win Great Hispandering Competition
By Sam Francis on July 25, 2002 at 1:00am
[VDARE.COM note: We were using the term “Hispano-pander”, but have decided Mickey Kaus’ term “Hispander” is better.]

Never let it be said that the Democrats will allow the Republicans to out-pander them for the Hispanic vote.

Slate
Trustworthy Blogging!
Plus harrumphing hack Hoagland, cocooning Rhino-baiter Krugman, and Hispandering Gephardt.

By Mickey Kaus|Updated Monday, July 29, 2002, at 3:45 AM ET
(...)
The Scrum pays close attention to the 2004 presidential race, noticing Dick Gephardt’s recent Hispandering proposal to “legalize undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for five years and worked in the country for two years,” which should have generated more controversy than it did.

VDARE.com
Hispandering for Dummies
By Sam Francis on July 29, 2002 at 1:00am
If it’s more reasons why the feeble efforts of Republicans to pander to Hispanics won’t fetch more Hispanic votes you want, listen to what the chieftains of the Hispanic lobby themselves had to say last week, after their grand powwow at the national convention of the Hispanic racist group, the National Council of La Raza, wound down in Miami.

Puerto Rico Herald
Insight Magazine
Q: Should The GOP Undertake More Outreach To Minorities During Campaign 2004? ; NO: A Better Strategy Is To Increase GOP Share Of The White Majority

By Steve Sailer, SPECIAL TO INSIGHT
April 26, 2004
(...)
Worse, even the Latino bloc isn’t really a bloc. Republican leaders don’t know much about minorities many of the few Hispanics the GOP leaders talk to are political consultants hoping to import more foreign Hispanics into our country to make their own services look more needed so they tend to come up with ways to “Hispander” (as Slate’s Mickey Kaus calls it) that are both cynical and stupid.

USA Today
Posted 8/1/2004 8:33 PM
Plans aren’t in U.S. interest
By Dan Stein
(...)
Unfortunately, in “Hispandering” for votes in battleground states, both Bush and Kerry have lost sight of the interests of the middle class and the security of our country.

Google Books
Immigration Reform and America’s Unchosen Future
By Otis L. Graham, Jr.
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2008
Pg. 322:
Evidence for the emergence of this Bush White House Hispandering Strategy (an unknown somebody coined this useful word at about this time) came in the adoption by the president and then other administration officials and elected Republicans of a new language.

VDARE.com
Clinton And Villaraigosa: The Downside Of Hispandering
By Joe Guzzardi on February 15, 2008 at 2:00am
[VDARE.com note: Hispandering is a term meaning “pandering to Hispanics.” It was invented by Mickey Kaus in 2002, and we immediately adopted it in place of Hispano-Pander, which we’d been using previously. Hispano-Pander sounded too much like a classic automobile.]

Miami (FL) Herald
Posted on Monday, 04.23.12
Obama should quit ‘Hispandering’
By ESTHER J. CEPEDA

Little else brings me as much joy as learning a new word — especially if it perfectly captures the spirit of the moment.

“Hispandering” — isn’t that great?

I can’t believe I’d never seen the term before, though a quick check on Urban Dictionary informed me it’s been around since at least 2008. It means, as you may have guessed, political pandering to Hispanics. Roll it around on your tongue a bit — it appropriately sounds similar to “hypocrisy.”

I discovered this gem a few days ago in a delightful blog post, Are Latinos Getting Clowned by Obama?, on the website politic365.com. The article illuminated the disappointment some of the more serious Hispanic voters and community leaders feel about President Obama enlisting the likes of George Lopez and Eva Longoria to help spread the message among Latinos for his re-election effort.

Politico.com
Esai Morales: Romney’s ‘Hispandering’
By CAITLIN MCDEVITT
4/30/12 10:38 AM EDT
Actor Esai Morales ripped Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for pandering to Hispanic voters during an appearance on “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“We call that Hispandering,” Morales, best known for his role in “La Bamba,” said in the interview taped last week.  “…The problem is that, you know, with Romney, he’s says his grandparents or his father was born in Mexico. I surprised I’m not seeing him, you know, in a photo op outside of a taco stand.”

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