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Yeah, the ad that started airing today in Arizona says that. Our primary is February 28. Oh happy dagger, be quick.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign on Friday unveiled a new Arizona ad that features Latinos criticizing President Barack Obama and extolling Gingrich's virtues. azcentral.com
Have a gander, 30 seconds:

"We owe Barack Obama nothing" says the first speaker in the all-Hispanic cast. Excuse me? Who is finally reining in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio after a Department of Justice study revealed wide-spread and systematic racial profiling in the Sheriff's Office? Who supports the DREAM Act and, in opposition from Congress, enacted an "Executive Order Lite" to enable some of the Act's best features, like education? Certainly not Newt Gingrich, who, along with Romney, only supports the Act for young undocumented immigrants who want to join the military, but not for those who want to pursue a college education:

"That is an insulting idea," said Daniela Alulema, 25, a leader in the struggle for passage of the DREAM Act. "What they are saying is that we are good only for war." NYDailyNews.com
Sure, you can be a citizen if you go protect my ass, but not if you want to educate yourself. Speaking of education, correct me if I'm wrong video guy, but I don't think it was Barack Obama who ended the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, was it? Here we had a largely Hispanic community -- students, teachers, and parents -- who supported the multicultural curriculum because of its positive outcomes (graduations rates, college entrances, etc.), while the mostly white, crabby Republican men in Phoenix knew better.

The same hip dude speaker in the ad goes on to say, "And immigration is a bigger mess than ever." The last time I checked it was Jan "Headless Bodies" Brewer, Joe Arpaio, and recalled Senator Russell Pearce, all Republican dickwads, who keep making an immigration stink. Swallow your Maalox and listen to Pearce's new radio show on Ban Amnesty Now if you want to wade through some Grade A anti-Mexican sewage.

At the same time the GOP continues its hair-on-fire rants about Mexicans coming to take our jobs (even better: now Mexicans are in league with Hezbollah), the Obama administration has doubled the number of border agents (from 10,000 under Bush to 20,000 now) and crossings are down 40 percent from last year. Crime is also down, dropping 43 percent in Nogales. How is any of that "a bigger mess than ever"? It's like Romney saying Obama "made the recession worse," even though the nation has experienced nearly two years of private sector job growth.

But Newt? Newt Friggin' Gingrich as the choice of Latinos? Gag me with a spoon. One persecutor of reality in the ad says Gingrich, as Speaker of the House, created 11 million jobs. Where is that spoon? Newt Gingrich shut down the friggin' government and then got his butt booted (and fined). The job growth and balanced budgets during that time were due mostly to the 1993 Clinton budget, which "passed in spite of Gingrich's efforts," said the former President.

Then a young Latina in the ad says, "He knows us, understands us and shares our conservative values." True, there's a segment of conservative Catholic Hispanics, which runs around 25% - 30% in most political races here. But to say Gingrich "knows" and "understands" them is not even an echo of truth. Maybe he'll suggest their kids should be janitors too, because he "understands" them so well.

On the other hand, while most candidates in the GOP carnival have spent the past half year demonizing Mexicans, trying to out-crazy one another on immigration, Gingrich at least expressed a dollop of common sense early in the race when he said there's no way we're going to deport 11 million undocumented people. Like long-gone Perry, he even used the word "humane" to frame immigration policy. That immediately drew bullets from other candidates, who accused Newt of being a pro-illegal, amnesty-loving, roly-poly softy on immigration.

Well, that won't stand, so in his next press conference last December Gingrich said one of his first acts as President will be to build, not just a fence, but a double fence, along the entire US-Mexico border:

As other candidates attack him for being too soft on unauthorized immigration, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich signed a pledge on Thursday to build a double fence along the entirety of the southern border of the United States. HuffPo
That's a great way to appeal to Hispanics in Arizona, Newt. Go for it. Brag up your double fucking fence. Throw in a moat. And while you're at it, come out and support SB 1070 and English Only. Great strategy, Newt. Then say Obama "refuses to patrol the border," while the facts blow up in your face.

Maybe today's ad is part of that $10 million that Sheldon Adelson is supposedly giving Gingrich. Whatever, it's money down the drain -- certainly for the primary, when Newt should attack his opponents, not a President whose policies are popular with the community. During the 2008 Presidential race Hispanics went 67-31% for Obama nationally and 56-41% for Obama in Arizona, due to the favorite son status of McCain. (Maybe Romney will try to claim Arizona as his home, since he's seems to do it in every other state.) Currently, only 31% of Latinos disapprove of Obama's performance, and a slice of that number doesn't dislike Obama because he's refused to enact the policies Gingrich supports (SB 1070, etc.), but because he hasn't been progressive enough.

Upon releasing the ad today, Gingrich's campaign said:

"Unlike most campaigns, Newt Gingrich does not treat Latinos as a political convenience. His relationship is based on respect for the culture and the values of this community, as well as admiration for their history of hard work and contributions to the economic success of this nation." azcentral.com
Of course not, this ad has nothing to do with using people as a "political convenience." And he respects their language and culture so much he wants to keep it out of America. Newt is such an admirer of their "hard work" that they can go dodge bullets, but not earn a degree, in order to be a contributing citizen.    

The only thing I can think of that Gingrich isn't doing to win the Hispanic vote is maybe go on Russell Pearce's radio program.

Originally posted to Maggie's Farm on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM PST.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks and LatinoKos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I'm surprised you were so temperate! (6+ / 0-)

    it's really odd, but for as long as I can remember, the Yiddish word "chutzpah" worked for every outrageous situation along the lines of the situation you describe above.  This is the second time this week it turned out to be inadequate.  The spot.  Paid actors. Like the poor woman who did that appalling ad for Pete Hoekstra.  And Newt.  If the man ever had a shame filter, it's LONG gone now.  What is he running for?  The chance to speak at the Republican Convention?

    The best I can come up with here is !@#$.  Thanks for the diary -- obviously tipped and recced.

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 11:29:31 PM PST

  •  Good work! (6+ / 0-)

    That's just as pathetic as the Asian-American actress' ad for Pete Hoekstra. After all the crap that's gone on in Arizona, I don't think anyone is buying Newt's crap. Where are the 12 million grandmothers?

    Corporations aren't people; they're Republicans. Rev. Al Sharpton

    by HappyinNM on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 11:40:03 PM PST

    •  Agreed: (6+ / 0-)
      I don't think anyone is buying Newt's crap.
      What I'm afraid of?  They might be buying Ricky's crap.  See my sig line -- the psychopath is dangerous.  That's why we voted his sorry ass out of the Senate.  To see him competing on a national stage and to know how sick a f*cker he is...it is like Mother Mags seeing Sheriff Joe running for Pres.

      I call him Rick Scumtorum because he IS scum: pond scum, with the brain of an alga.

      by Youffraita on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 11:53:31 PM PST

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  •  Political advertising is good for the (1+ / 0-)
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    media's bottom line and much better for the economy than trading derivatives or CDOs.  'Cause most of the money that goes into media coffers flows right back out to put food on the tables of creative people.

    Newt's campaign is an exercise in wishful thinking--and not necessarily his own.  It well may be that Calista is entranced with the idea of being the wife of a national leader.  So, that's the role he's playing for her.

    There can be little doubt that Newton Leroy is an instinct-driven show off.  That he sees people as belonging to groups is consistent.  He's an entertainer of audiences.  Individuals have no reality for him.  Which is why he keeps trading in wives to satisfy his need for adulation and constant attention. Self-directed individuals who value their privacy don't make good politicians. Unfortunately, show offs tend not to have good sense.  Though, there are exceptions.  Barack Obama seems to be one.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:02:38 AM PST

  •  He seems liberal in comparison to some (3+ / 0-)
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    (obviously) but I am always intrigued by the fence argument... who will go three?  Four? Five and a moat? Six, a moat, armed guards every two feet AND alligators?

    I'm surprised Santorum hasn't proposed land mines. Yet.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:11:16 AM PST

  •  The stupidt in this fence thing (3+ / 0-)
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    ...absolutely boggles the mind.

    It's an ancient technology -- as old as China's Great Wall -- that only total nitwits would come up with.

    There are advanced technologies, like burying SmartWires along the border. Focusing eyes in the sky and all that. These techniques are used strategically by non-morons throughout the world.

    The dumb is killing my soul.


    "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

    by Pluto on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:38:23 AM PST

  •  Newt's scheme (and that of the GOP as a whole) (1+ / 0-)
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    seems familiar.

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 04:26:57 AM PST

  •  It's all relative (1+ / 0-)
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    If you were Hispanic in Arizona and you had to vote in the Republican primary--let's say it was a hostage situation, or a bar bet, or something--Newt would certainly be your guy.  There's something vaguely reassuring about someone who sees you solely as devout cheap labor.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 05:22:13 AM PST

    •  If you were Hispanic, (1+ / 0-)
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      in Arizona, or any other part of the country, you would not vote for a fucking ass-hat Republican, no matter who it is. These suck-asses you see on this video are what I, a Hispanic call "pinches vendidos" who have
      parents who are so Americanized and brain washed into
      believing that if they vote Republican, they are somehow a better Hispanic. I can actually smell their rancid bullshit about how fricking Newt knows me!! If he  knew me, or my family he would not have paid these pinches vendidos for their crap. Because it does not fly with true Hispanics today. I want to thank Barack Obama for what he has done for my people`s education initiatives.

      Old men tell same old stories

      by Ole Texan on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 06:55:43 AM PST

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      •  Except for Cuban exiles (0+ / 0-)

        many of whom are reliably right-wing Republican. It will be interesting to see if the GOP figures out before the Convention that Mark Rubio may not attract much support from non-Cuban Hispanics -- that speaking Spanish doesn't make you automatically vote for another guy whose parents speak Spanish. It's kind of like the morons who thought that all women would vote for Hilary Clinton just because she also had ovaries.

  •  Good diary, MM, tipped and recc'd, (1+ / 0-)
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         but you know there's only one story in AZ right now.

  •  Newt is trotting out the old GOP reliable... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...divide and conquer tactic with this one. He's trying to insert a wedge between the "legal" and "illegal" Mexicans in the state. The inference is that: "Hey, you decent beaners belong here. You're (almost) American by now and these filthy boarder-crossing criminal lowlife-types are causing all the trouble for you!" I hope that the Arizona Hispanic community recognizes the history of this operation and sees it for what it really is. Also, I hope we get an apology from the guy in the ad like we did from the Asian actress in the Hoekstra spot...because he's too pretty to be such an asshole.

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