As some of you who follow politics might know, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina caused a “stir” after he tweeted the following:
Line of the day from WAPO’s Dana Milbank: “The chimichanga? It may be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos.”
Messina was referring to an article by The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank titled “Does the GOP Care About Latino Voters?” The line, in case there’s any doubt, was written by Milbank and not by Messina. Of course that didn’t stop Republicans and conservatives to lash out against the Obama strategist. For those responses, check out the coverage done by the Univision News and NBC Latino Tumblrs.
Naturally conservatives are “indignant” about it because it offers them an opportunity to divert from the real issue (GOP’s lack of concern and antagonization of Latinos) and throw mud at their opponent (along with charges of racism). That’s fine and expected. After all, that’s what GOPers do. What’s not fine is that some Latinos themselves are chiming in and siding with the conservatives, calling out Messina. I won’t throw anyone under the bus publicly, but cut that crap out. You’re expending energy on something insignificant (albeit in somewhat bad taste). Constantly calling foul makes you look like the boy who cried wolf. Yes, idiots will say racist and messed up stuff occasionally, but calling EVERY. SINGLE. SLIGHT. AGAINST. YOU is not flattering. You’re reduced to this:
Latinos are supposed to be a sleeping political giant. I’ll believe that once all this pedantry stops.