U.S. Electoral Politics: July 2008 Archives
MICHAEL RUBINKAM --
SHENANDOAH, Pa. (AP) --
Luis Ramirez came to the U.S. from Mexico six years ago to look for work, landing in this town in Pennsylvania's coal region. Here, he found steady employment, fathered two children and, his fiancee said, occasionally endured harassment by white residents.
Now he is headed back to Mexico in a coffin.
The 25-year-old illegal immigrant was beaten over the weekend after an argument with a group of youths, including at least some players on the town's beloved high school football team, police said. Despite witness reports that the attackers yelled ethnic slurs, authorities say the beating wasn't racially motivated.
[Continued over at the DMI blog.]
There are a lot less people here to see McCain in San Diego, today. Janet Murguia, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), just introduced John McCain in a heap of praise over how John McCain has always kept the door open to NCLR. If NCLR is so important to John McCain, then how come he doesn't list this speech in the Upcoming Events section of his website? It lists the Coronado Campaign headquarters Grand Opening across the bay from here, but not the NCLR speech.
McCain's now mentioning his roll in trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform. He's refuting Obama's complaint that McCain turned his back on comprehensive immigration reform. He's tauting his efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the past, saying that Obama tried to pass and vote for ammendments meant to kill comprehensive immigration reform. McCain says he means it when he says he wants to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and that with all due respect, he's earned that trust. Awkward smiles all around.
"I think Obama would be a disaster, and there's a lot of reasons," said [Leroy] Pollard, explaining the rumors he had heard about the candidate from friends he goes camping with. "I understand he's from Africa, and that the first thing he's going to do if he gets into office is bring his family over here, illegally. He's got that racist [pastor] who practically raised him, and then there's the Muslim thing. He's just not presidential material, if you ask me."Welcome to the Intolerant States of America. Liberal elitists will read the words of Leroy Pollard, a resident of Flag City, U.S.A., and feign disgust. This arrogance betrays the truth that we are all part of Leroy Pollard, and Leroy Pollard is part of us. The first person I ran into who believed the myths about Barack Obama was not a resident of a small town like Flag City, U.S.A., but a wealthy investment banker, and the parent of a Harvard graduate.
Eli Saslow - Washington Post (30 June 2008)