Why do Indians and other minorities tend to vote Democratic? We're seeing the evidence in the media today. Democrats think the most important issue is the economy--which affects poor minorities disproportionately. Republicans think the most important issue is Barack Obama's "association" with Weather Underground co-founder William Ayers as an 8-year-old.
We've seen this pattern over and over in elections. Republicans promise us they'll smoke out the terrorists wherever they are or aren't: in Iraq, in France, under your bed. They'll keep gays from marching into your towns and homes and marrying you against your will. They'll make sure no secularist humanist dares to take down the Ten Commandments or say "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas."
Minorities aren't concerned about protecting the privileges of white Christian America from gays, blacks, Jews, Muslims, and other dubious Americans. They're not afraid of a more tolerant, inclusive, multicultural America. They are a more tolerant, inclusive, multicultural America, so they aren't afraid of voting for people like themselves.
Blame the Republicans
In other words, minorities aren't blinded by their xenophobic fears. They tend to vote for bottom-line issues that affect the pocketbook. Improving the economy--not banning pornography, birth control, or stem-cell research--is the best way to help all Americans, including themselves.
While white Americans are cowering in fear of Jeremiah Wright, Harvey Fierstein, and some cab driver in Guantánamo Bay, Indians are looking at the facts. Facts such as who has a historic record of managing our money better. And who's responsible for most of our economic downturns:
2008 recession: GW Bush (R)
2001-2003: GW Bush (R)
1990-1991: GHW Bush (R)
1980-1982: Reagan (R)
1973-1975: Nixon/Ford (R)
1957-1958: Eisenhower (R)
Summing it up, Indians and other minorities tend to vote Democratic because it's the smart, sensible thing to do. Apparently most non-white Americans are more rational and intelligent than most white Americans.
For more on the subject, see An Open Letter to White Voters, or What McCain Really Thinks of You in Racialicious.