Last night, Keith Olbermann reported that Nevada State Senate candidate Sharon Angle (Republican) is shutting out Hispanic media from her campaign, refusing even to send Latino media outlets her campaign’s press releases. In the same clip from MSNBC’s COUNTDOWN, Olbermann shows a clip of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying yesterday, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
Olbermann also interviews Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva (Democrat), one of the only staunch, active, & public advocates for Latino civil rights that we have in our Congress. Grijavla says that the Republican Party is guilty of vilifying and demonizing Latinos.
As much as I dig Grijalva and agree with his remarks about the Republican Party’s outrageous anti-Latino messaging of late, I wonder…
As the Republican Party midterm election strategy increasingly includes vilifying Latinos, the Democratic Party’s strategy continues to include ignoring us. Which is worse? Well, politically, I suppose I am more-offended by Republican messaging this election season. That is not to say, however, that I believe that the Democrats are thereby the obvious policy ally of Latino voters in 2010.
The question here, unfortunately, is whether it is better to be vilified by Republicans or ignored by Democrats. In politics, the latter may be preferable. However, in policy — and in particularly in the most pressing policy issues facing Latinos in 2010 — the result is the same. No comprehensive immigration reform. No path to citizenship. No DREAM Act. No Ag Bill. Etc. Nada. We get nothing but a vote. And that apparently matters not at all to Beltway politicos.