David Duke stands before a gathering of white people from Louisiana, and states the foillowing:
Bill Clinton is out of touch. Bill Clinton does not share our values.
What would your reaction be?
Tren Lott stands before a gathring of his constituents, and states about his political opponent:
My opponent is not from Mississippi. He does not understand our way of life. He does not share our values.
How long would it be before the ‘southern strategy’ would be mentioned? How long before the ‘all Republicans are racist’ meme would be revived? Why then, is it acceptable for Cruz Bustamante, in front of an Hispanic audience, to state the following:
He (Arnold S.) does not share our values?
Just let me know what the difference is and I won’t make a big deal about it.
*** Update ***
I finally found it:
If Hispanic voters turn out, they could represent about 15 percent of the votes cast.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t have our values,” Bustamante told the crowd. “He doesn’t live lives like we do. He doesn’t have the same worries that we have. He won’t fight for our families, our neighborhoods, our schools. He doesn’t understand our lives.”
Bustamante has played up his Hispanic roots and has applauded Davis’ recent signing of a bill allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers’ licenses, a bill the governor opposed before the recall initiative.
That is playing the race card. Period.