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Overt Racial Appeals at Close of Nevada Senate Race

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

The ugliest Senate Race is ending on an overtly racial note.

Sharron Angle’s final barrage of ads feature not so subtle images of Latinos crossing the border to invade America and wearing gang colors contrasted with clean white people who are suffering for lack of services and cowering in fear from the violence perpetrated by these immigrants. The message is clear: Harry Reid’s is with the brown people. I’m with the white people.

This comes on the heels of another ad from the Southwest (that has since been pulled) which encouraged Latinos not to vote because the Democrats didn’t deliver on immigration reform.

Besides being cynical and awful, it’s a questionable strategy, since the result may be that Latino’s turn out in even higher numbers to cast votes against Angle. Rachel Maddow was in Nevada last week and interviewed Harry Reid, who also stressed these issues, encouraging Latinos to turn out and vote against Angle.

Angle has been surging in recent weeks, but with such close margins, turnout will once again be key, and both sides seem to be playing to the base.

eMeg Smackdown

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Read about this little exchange in the California Governors debate this weekend, but it’s hard to really get until you watch the clip.

It might have been a good strategy to attack the messenger here, but attacking Jerry Brown personally for the mistakes that she and her husband made with regards to her undocumented maid seems like a bridge to far. 

eMeg’s attacks flailed and Brown’s counterpunches were pretty damn devastating.

I’m not really too concerned with the specific allegations about Meg’s maid, but it sure seems like bad strategy not to have dealt with this in advance (when–as one analyst noted, it would have been a page 8 story instead of a page 1 story)…and the people who orchestrated this timed it beautifully, putting eMeg in front of a statewide broadcast on Spanish language TV when the allegations are fresh on everyone’s mind. Talk about Hardball.

Not sure if this was shown on English news stations, but you can be sure that a large number of Latinos were in front of the TV waiting to hear how eMeg defended herself on this one.

As Calbuzz.com opined:

The Univision alleged simulcast translation into English was so poorly engineered, there won’t likely be too many TV clips in English. But in Spanish, watch out. Latinos who had been flirting with Whitman are likely, Calbuzz thinks, to default to the guy who marched with Cesar Chavez and dated Linda Rondstadt.

We can hear the conversation around the kitchen table: “Maybe he’s un poco loco, but at least he doesn’t accuse the help of stealing the mail.”

For more on this exchange and the rest of Calbuzz’s coverage of the debate, check here.

Unclear of this is a game changer, but it’s not good news for eMeg to be trailing Jerry by a few points with a month to go after having spent close to $150 million of her own money trashing him for over a year.

Colbert on the Hill

Monday, September 27th, 2010

This is pretty funny.

What’s the Matter With Arizona?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Ruben Navarette on Arizona’s Nativist streak.

Immigration Reform Needs to Start at the Border

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Here’s a good article from Peggy Noonan on the border, among other things.

I don’t agree with all of it, but I’m with her on the border.

Like many American’s , I support a “comprehensive immigration reform” that provides a “path to citizenship” to people who are here illegally, but sign up and meet certain criteria. It’s unreasonable to think that we’re going to deport 12 million people.

But if we don’t close the border and start enforcing the immigration laws, then we’ll just have another 12 million to legalize in another 20 years. And everyone knows that, which is one of the reasons why we can’t seem to get a reform passed.

Now, it’s not just an economic and cultural issue, but also a national security issue.

I don’t know if the nutty Arizona State Senator is right that 2 Korans were found at the border, but I do know that it would be easy for Al Qaeda to fly someone into TJ or El Paso and hire a coyote to get them across. Plus, the increasingly violent drug war is seeping right across that border.

We should do whatever needs to be done. Build a fence, militarize the border. If the National Guard can handle it, then send them. I not, bring in some of the troops we have deployed all over the world (Germany, Japan, etc) and get them on this. It’s time for us to start nation building here as well as abroad.

The costs estimates for a border fence vary, but they are in the tens of billions over a 25 year period. With the trillions we have planned to spend, we can raise a little extra cash to do this. 

Once real efforts are made towards that, then we will see support for a more comprehensive plan. And that plan ought to start with verifiable non-falsifiable national ID cards for employment. Civil libertarians on the left and paranoid militiamen on the right will squawk, but most Americans should know that (in a past 9-11 world) we need that. Employers who don’t demand this documentation before hiring should be fined. Not being able to get jobs will go even further towards reducing the incentives to come.

If you’ve been here for a while, you should be able to meet certain criteria and sign up for that “path to citizenship.” But if you choose not to, and you’re caught, you’re goin back. And if you showed up after the deadline, you can go back too.

I think most Americans would agree with almost all of what I said, but it starts with the border. If we can’t get that right, then there’s not gonna be support for any of the other stuff.

Obama would do himself some good to move to the center and take on what the people who went before him were afraid to do. I won’t be holding my breath that he’ll be any more responsible than the other presidents, but it would be the right thing to do.

Where’s the Tea Party When We Need Them?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Great article by Peter Beinart about the Tea Party’s (and the Right in general’s) MIA status on the Arizona immigration law.

I personally think that the changes made over the weekend now make the law just troubling instead of borderline fascist. But if you just spent the past two years incessantly complaining that President Obama and Nancy Pelosi are “taking away our freedom” and creating a Nazi-like police state, you would think that you might be concerned about a law that allows the police to detain law abiding residents and keep them in custody until they can prove that they’re American citizens.

Not an issue for the Tea Partier’s I guess because they’re 95% white people who vote Republican and aren’t in danger of being detained.