Archive for ‘Hispanics’

December 1, 2008

Calling B.S.on Politico

A rumbling in the barrio?

Obama promised hope and change, and Hispanics hoped for the usual two Latinos in the Cabinet. And heck, why not three or four? Now that would be a change. But at this early stage in the appointments process, there is a trickle of disappointment running through the Latino community.

Yeah, right. Someone should do a poll and see what percentage of Latinos can name a single appointee to Obama’s Cabinet. I doubt it’s 10 percent. Given that the “community” is not paying attention, where is this “trickle of disappointment” really located?

First, the most prominent Hispanic leader, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, lost the plum secretary of state assignment to New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Last spring, Richardson angered the Clintonistas by backing Obama over Clinton during the heated Democratic Primary contest, only to now see her being offered the top diplomatic post.
“There’s nobody more prepared and experienced” for the job than Richardson, said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Richardson was energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations during the Clinton administration, and he helped free hostages in North Korea, Iraq and Cuba.
Second, grass-roots immigrant rights activists have mixed feelings about Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano being the likely nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security.
Arizona is the epicenter of the national immigration crisis, and Napolitano, the popular border state governor, has navigated through turbulent rhetoric on all sides to calm the debate.
Napolitano signed into law last year the nation’s harshest penalties against employers who hire undocumented workers.

In other words, a bunch of Hispanic officeholders are grumbling about “jobs for the boys,” and the amnesty activists are afraid that the choice of Napolitano might indicate that Obama won’t pander sufficiently to the Atzlan mob. It’s not the “community,” it’s the special interests.

The special interests ought to remember that Hillary was leading in Iowa until she stumbled over Tim Russert’s question about drivers licenses for illegals. If the “trickle of disappointment” means that Obama isn’t going to pander to La Raza, it’s a very good sign.