[Mel] Martinez, Republican of Florida, made his debut speech on the floor in both English and Spanish, telling Hispanic Americans that Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush's nominee to be attorney general, is "one of us."
The speech appears to be the first made by a senator on the floor in Spanish or any language other than English, said Donald Ritchie, a Senate historian.
Seriously...talk about the shoe on the other foot test...
The challenge - big, but by no means impossible - is for Democrats in those states to formulate a new appeal based on their shifting electoral realities.
But mostly, I think the Republicans in the near-term are probably going to be able to play both sides of this issue, because the vast majority of their support comes from states that don't actually have Latino populations, so they don't need to worry about pissing off the Bible Belt with appeals to the coloureds, 'cause that's not where they're at.