From The Wonk Room at THINK PROGRESS:
Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement from Chairman Michael Steele announcing the release of a new video in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. However, though the press release emphasizes the Republican Party’s “commitment to the Hispanic community,” apparently that commitment does not include hiring a qualified Spanish translator. The Spanish translation of Steele’s statement is riddled with embarrassing typos and errors.
The substance of the accompanying video isn’t much better. Its main focus is on highlighting the accomplishments of conservative Latinos and completely ignores renowned Latino leaders like civil rights activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, and completely sidesteps the recent confirmation of Puerto Rican Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The video doesn’t even acknowledge one of the Republican Party’s most respected leader, former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) who resigned from his post as RNC chairman in 2007 in response to his party’s anti-immigrant views.
Now hold on, according to me my anonymous sources inside the RNC, Chairman Steele is doing his damnedest to reach out to Hispanics. To prove it, get a load of these pics forwarded to me. They’re going to be used in new RNC ads. Tell me what red-blooded Latino will be able to resist the urge to run down to the Voters Registration office to change his/her affiliation to R after seeing this…
It’s been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While that may be a cheaper way of doing cardiac surgery under the Rethuglican health care reform non-plan, it’s also another strategery for grabbing Hispanic voters.
Along with food, music is another way of making inroads, and Miguel knows how to turn the beat around! He loves to hear percussion.
Of course, Miguel is not alone in his quest. He’s getting some help from his friends, like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Tom Tancredo. Even Independent
my ass Lou Dobbs is pitching in!
To me, however, the reaching out really started at CPAC last February when Michelle
Batshit Bachmann cheered Miguel with You be da hombre! You be da hombre!
And that’s no bull!
(Watch the video and see the list of errors at the link to Think Progress)
(Check out the bowtie, pinstripes, and pocket hanky Miguel is wearing in the video! 😆 )