It wasn’t as if I was going to vote for Hilliary Clinton for President, anyway, considering her incessant pandering to the Right on almost any issue you can bear (rattling the sabers for nuking Iran, opposing the war in Iraq in words while supporting it with her votes; supporting Wars on….Video Games and TV Shows)…but this latest should just about seal the deal.
This is Terry McAuliffe, former bagman/launderer for the DNC, and now Hillary’s chief of her ’08 campaign, riffing off on a SoCal NPR affialate interview about the issue of "illegal immigration" (which is nothing more in my view than shorthand for "Kick them damn wetback Meskins outta here") He’s responding to a caller who calls himself a Republican who wants to lecture McA on how the Dems can win back his (and I guess the rest of his xenophobic friends’) vote this upcoming election. (Taken from the Chris Bowers’ liberal blog MyDD and David Neiwert’s Orcinus):
CALLER ["John in Santa Monica"]: I’m one of those Republicans who helped change the political arrangement by sitting on the sidelines, and if you want to get 10 percent of the Republicans, right now, to vote for Hillary Clinton — and I would be one of them, and I’ve been a Republican for 40 years — you do the following things. You eliminate your support for NAFTA, that was Bill Clinton. Eliminate your support for amnesty and wide-open borders — Bill Clinton, I’ve heard him say it many times, and I believe I’ve heard Hillary say it also — and you start getting self-deportation of the 20 million illegal aliens here that are taking the jobs, the wages, and the working conditions, and destroying them for working Americans, which I always thought Democrats supported.
TERRY MCAULIFFE: I couldn’t agree more. We’ve got to shut these borders down. These people shouldn’t be coming in this country. We need to enforce our border protections. We have to do something for the people who have been here for years and have paid taxes — you know, we’re for the people who have been in this country and paying taxes and raising their family. But for the people who have not been here, who have been here illegally and have taken advantage of the situation, we need to have a plan to get them back to the countries they came from, and more important, which is the first thing John talks about, we have gotta shut these borders down. I couldn’t agree more.
… I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, we all agree you’ve gotta shut the borders down. People who are coming into this nation taking our jobs.
Emphasis added by me, of course.
Now, this is kinda strange and funny coming from one of the biggest boosters and benefactors of NAFTA (see the Global Crossing scandal for evidence of that)…and I guess that pandering to the most reactionary and racist groups must simply be old hat for TMcA. But outright thinly veiled racism like this, which only differs from the likes of Repub Congressman Tom "Give me my electified fence on the Rio Grande" Tancredo and the KKK (who have mined the "illegal aliens" issue to maximum advantage in their recent recruitment drives) only in degree??? Yeah, that’ll win back those White "moderate" voters for sure….never mind if Brown- and Black-skinned people are effectively disenfranchised and violated, since they will probably vote for Hillary against McCain or Giuliani or Brownback, anyway.
I guess that I shouldn’t be surprised any more by the depths to which conservative Democrats would fall to get back in power.
Oh…and this "self-deportation" thing…so does that mean that all ‘dem Meskins (and those Latinos with American citizenship already…in the mind of the xenophobes. they are one and the same "aliens") will simply on their own volition get in their cars and voluntarily take themselves across the border???? Until, of course, the next time that rich bastards like McAuliffe need some really cheap labor for his corporate cash cows…or he needs some cheap house help???
And they call me insane and stupid for voting for Nader twice??
A system like this which panders to the worst forms of bigotry deserved to be spoiled….and a party that can’t even enforce the most basic of progressive values such as solidarity for people suffering does not even deserve that label.
Now, both Hillary and McAuliffe were quick to break out half-hearted "apologies" and denials (mostly saying that McA only spoke for himself and not for the official Clinton campaign…never mind the fact that he defined himself as Hillary’s main campaigner specifically and frequently).,,as if that would actually make the matter disappear. No thank you to that, Hillary: nothing short of McAuliffe getting run and publically reprimanded will do for me…and considering her past record, that will happen like….never.
Memo to Democrats: That is your front runner for ’08, and more than likely, your nominee. Learn to accept it, and prepare for another electoral college ass-kicking. I’ll be the one voting Independent, shaking my head in amusement and disbelief come Election Day.