Rachel Campos-Duffy takes on Harry Reid
Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada set himself up as the judge of who can be a good Hispanic when he said, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican. OK? Do I need to say more?”
Well, yes, Reid needs to say a lot more, such as “I’m sorry I said that. I really don’t belong in public life.”
Wisconsin’s Rachel Campos-Duffy, wife of congressional candidate Sean Duffy, responded to Reid in National Review Online’s The Corner today.
What Harry and other pandering politicians fail to realize is that Hispanic-Americans are Americans first. They worry about crime, the economy, taxes, and national security — all the same things their neighbors worry about.
The idea that the Hispanic vote hinges on one issue — immigration — is the most ridiculous and patronizing notion. Sadly, Reid isn’t the only politician guilty of this gross generalization. Nothing is more infuriating to me than the way the media and political parties conflateHispanic-Americans and illegal immigrants. We are not one and the same, and our interests and priorities are often very different.
If Harry wants to “connect” with Hispanics, he and the Democrats might want to start with their position on abortion. If demographic trends continue, Hispanics will be weighing in heavily in the abortion debate, and legal or not, they are decidedly pro-life.