In Colorado, Rep Mike Coffman is studying with a tutor for an upcoming debate in the race for his House seat. What is Mike Coffman studying? Spanish of course. The debate will be on Univision, the Spanish-language network, and his Democratic opponent, Andrew Romanoff, is apparently fluent in Spanish. This matters of course, because some re-districting means that about 20% of voters in his district are Latinos. To his credit, Coffman has maintained a hard line on illegal immigration, advocating denying illegals public services, for examples, and allowing a sort of hotline to report on suspected illegals. On the other hand, he has advocated giving DREAMers a path to citizenship by serving in the military and has worked with Dems in the House on trying to put together an immigration reform package. As he girdles himself for combat in another language one wonders if Coffman’s efforts will be appreciated by the Latino community in Colorado.

It’s an interesting question because right now Colorado Latinos are really mad at Obama. At least that’s what people like Sonia Marquez, of the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition (CIRC), have stated, saying that her coalition is “outraged by President Obama’s continued lies and betrayal” and is determined the latino voice in Colorado will be heard. The question is how they will express their anger. She is referring to Obama’s no-show on the promised amnesty which is in great part the result of pleading by people like Colorado’s Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and other nervous red state dems to hold off on any amnesty until after the mid term elections. The CIRC will hold a protest this week outside the senator’s offices but Bennet hardly needs reminding that Latinos want amnesty. The question remains as to how they will vote in November. If they hold to the threat of an electoral boycott then the Senate race could very well go the GOP’s way, adding a key seat in the upper house for the party. Are Latinos really that mad? Perhaps they are. Will their votes be important in places like Colorado? Important enough for Mike Coffman to debate in Spanish, but not important enough for him to betray his beliefs – and those of his conservative base – on illegal immigration. It will be up to the exit polls in the end to fully answer the question of whether latino votes were key in 2014.