Republicans have given Democrats a political gift. The gift is a Spanish language radio ad placed by the DNC that boldly lies to Hispanic voters (Windows Media Audio). Arizona Democrats are organizing to rebut the lie; but in my view, we would do better to pay for putting the original ad into heavier rotation. The assertion the ad makes is just so fantastical that no one could possibly believe it, unless he’s been living under a rock – in which case, he’s not voting anyhow.
The ad says:
"Terrorists coming across our border…drugs smuggled to America’s shores…But just last week, there was hope. Congress was working on immigration reform…to secure our border and protect American families.
But Democrat Leader Harry Reid let us down. Harry Reid played politics and blocked our leaders from working together. Reid’s Democrat allies voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants…as felons.
While President Bush and Republican leaders work for legislation that will protect our border and honor our immigrants.
Call Harry Reid at (702) 388-5020 tell him to stop playing with our futures.
Paid for by the Republican National Committee not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."
The GOP stuck its head into the lion’s mouth with this obvious and clumsy lie. Apparently, the RNC thinks that Hispanic voters won’t detect this bald-faced lie, and won’t mind being lied to. How very wrong they are.
This utter distain for the intelligence of Hispanics, and for the truth, won’t help Republican candidates with Hispanic voters; just the opposite. I can’t think of a more effective way of driving Hispanics out of the Republican party and into the waiting arms of Democrats than the peddaling of such crude and disrespectiful lies about the politics of immigration.