The republicans are rightfully in trouble with the hispanic voters for their ridiculous behavior with respect to immigration. The only way a republican nominee would have a chance to become president is if they could split the hispanic vote. Unless they make a major change in their objection to comprehensive immigration reform, the only way they could do this is to nominate a hispanic for president or vice president. It is doubtful that there is a hispanic candidate that could make it through the republican primaries to become that party’s nominee. But I can well imagine that the VP candidate could be hispanic and maybe even a female hispanic.
So the way for the Democrats to neutralize this strategy would be for them to nominate a hispanic for vice president too.
I think you are correct about the importance of the Hispanic vote and I expect that Marco Rubio, the junior Republican Senator from Florida, will be on the ticket. There is a complication if Jeb Bush is the nominee, however, because then there would be two Floridians and they will have to choose someone else as the VP.
I don’t think the Democrats have to worry about the immigration issue, however, instead the lackluster economy and disenchantment with Obama should be their principal concern.