GOP Can Learn From Jeremy Lin

Marc Ambinder: Republicans are 'blowing it' on Asian-American vote
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2012 3:57 PM CST
Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Republicans should pay attention to the rise of New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin, writes Marc Ambinder at GQ. Stories like his underscore the point that Asian-Americans could become a "true swing constituency" for the party, even though they now tend to vote Democratic. "On paper, Asians—culturally conservative, family values, entrepreneurship, fiscally conservative, meritocracy—seem tailor-made for Republicans," says a Korean-American editor at Human Events. But it hasn't come to pass at the voting booth.

Republicans could start to remedy that by cutting ties with their "anti-immigrant wing" or at least "not allow their primaries to be controlled by it," writes Ambinder. Think of Lin's story: As the son of Taiwanese immigrants, he was discriminated against on the basketball court as a kid, but he overcame all that because he could play. "That up-by-the-sneaker-laces narrative is a vital part of Lin's appeal—and the Republican deal." The Asian-American vote could be a "huge opportunity for Republicans," he writes. "Right now, they're blowing it."

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