Friday, September 19, 2008

McCain Speaks With Forked Tongue: One English and Its Opposite Spanish

The Republican Party says, in English:
"We oppose amnesty. The rule of law suffers if government policies encourage or reward illegal activity. The American people's rejection of en masse legalizations is especially appropriate given the federal government's past failures to enforce the law."

But in Spanish, they say (translated):

"[Barack] Obama and his congressional allies say they are on the side of immigrants. But are they? The press reports their efforts were 'poison pills' that made immigration reform fail. The result: No guest worker program. No path to citizenship. No secure borders. No reform. Is that being on our side? Obama and his congressional allies: Ready to block immigration reform, but not ready to lead."

So which is it?

CNN's Ruben Navarrette Jr. says
the McCain ad "hits the target" while Obama's attempt at courting Hispanic voters "misses". His reasoning is that the above quote from their Spanish ad gives "facts" while the Obama ad, he claims, is more vague and accusatory, stating: "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that lies just to get our vote, and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."

Well, what's untrue about that? Navarette claims that Obama's ad ties McCain to Rush Limbaugh, but I don't see where it does. On the other hand, Huffpo's Frank Sharry says:
First, Sen. John McCain was for reform - championing a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration bill with courage and leadership until it collapsed in the summer of 2007. Then, with Republican primary voters in a surly mood toward immigrants, he changed his position, saying that he wouldn't support his own reform bill when competing for the Republican nomination.

Now, the McCain campaign has launched Spanish language attack ads making the outrageous claim that Senator Obama and the Democrats blocked comprehensive immigration reform in 2007.

If you're trying to follow along at home, let's summarize: Senator McCain - in English - is now saying that he wouldn't support the comprehensive immigration bill he once co-authored with Senator Ted Kennedy, a bill that he previously voted for. Senator McCain's campaign - in Spanish -- is now attacking Obama for blocking a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2007, a bill that Senator Obama voted for.

As to Navarette's defense of McCain's ad and his attack on Dems for supposedly "killing" the Immigration Bill,

From the English ads, it appears that McCain really does speak with forked tongue: one fork in English to dish up anti-immigration sentiment to the white folks, and one fork serving pro-immigration fare to Latinos. McCain, you can't have it both ways. People have the right to know where the candidates really stand. The only language we want to hear is the truth.

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