Suzanne Gamboa/AP on immigration ads
Capturing the immigration debate in political ads this campaign season - without upsetting Hispanics - is proving tricky for the parties and candidates.
Heaven forbid that we should discuss such a vital topic in a straightforward way and by so doing offend anyone's fragile sensibilities.
Of course, Gamboa doesn't present evidence that anyone other than self-appointed leaders and others with a conflict of interest might be "upset". And, she doesn't discuss at all the group that issued the press release "Self-Appointed Latino Spokespeople Would Sacrifice National Security to Promote Illegal Immigration".
She discusses the anti-Stephen Laffey ad, saying it "set off grumbling in the Latino community," but the only two "community" members she can find opposed to the ad are the Democratic National Committee's Hispanic Caucus and Rhode Island state Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (who, despite being Dominican-American, is apparently standing in solidarity with illegal aliens from Mexico).
"Both parties are crossing the line... The issue of what to do about immigration is fair game for this election, demonizing an entire community is not."
Then, she discusses how Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alvarado was outraged by the DSCC's since-disappeared Internet-only ad 'Secure'.
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., has an ad on his re-election campaign Web site praising his anti-terrorism work. The ad includes an image of him standing in the desert near two white SUVs, similar to those used by the Border Patrol. Critics say the scene looks like the U.S.-Mexican border.
Has anyone besides some unknown leftie at TPMCafe even discussed that ad? If one subset of Americans takes offense at someone trying to reduce the possibility of terrorist infiltration via our southern border, is the problem with us or with that subset of Americans? If "community leaders" don't want to discuss border security except in the most childlike terms, aren't they leading their followers down the wrong path?
While Kyl is generally wrong about immigration, he has at least had some grown-up concerns (link):
Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona tonight demanding the United States launch an official investigation into the shocking border incursions by the Mexican military, and Governor Rick Perry of Texas is also demanding an investigation into the incident.
If two seconds of a possible BP SUV cause those "community leaders" to be upset, they may need smelling salts after that.
Two others quoted are "Lorena Chambers, founder of Chambers Lopez & Gaitan, an advertising company" and "Frank Guerra, founder of Guerra DeBerry Coody marketing and communications".