Everyone’s talking about this CNN segment where Tom Tancredo says that La Raza Is ‘Latino KKK Without The Hoods Or Nooses’.
It’s pretty clear, to his credit, that the CNN anchor, Rich Sanchez, is having none of this tomfoolery. And I have to question the wisdom of going on an anti-Latino tirade….with an anchor whose parents came over from Cuba.
I think that brings up one of the real issues Republicans have with anti-Latino rhetoric: it’s tough to keep track of who is Latino and who isn’t. Time was, if you were serious about it, you knew that Corrigan was a mick and Russo was a wop and Green was a jew. But when race-baiting moved to the young bucks buying t-bones stage, everyone got a little bit lazy because it’s usually easy to tell who is black and who isn’t (Vin Diesel and Bob Barr notwithstanding).
But at this point, I wonder if even hard-core anti-immigrant types have enough racist mojo to keep track of the players without a scorecard. And that seems like one more reason why anti-immigrant rhetoric is a bad idea.