You are probably not a politico like me who follows politics like a hobby or vocation, but you might be aware that there is a mid-term election around the corner in two weeks. The fate of the Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate are in play, and one of the major races is for a seat in the Senate for Nevada, with Senator majority leader Harry Reid trying to retain his seat against Republican and Tea Party movement candidate Sharron Angle. Ms. Angle has been known to have some pretty extreme views and to run from the media to avoid answering questions from reporters and the public.
Sharron Angle said at a recent event with Hispanic high school students that some of the students in attendance looked “a little more Asian” to her when a student asked about her campaign ads depicting all Hispanics as illegal immigrants. Her response was that she wasn’t too sure about her having Hispanics and some of them could be Asian (as if there are a lot of illegal Asians trying to cross the Mexican border). THEN, she explains herself that most of the terrorists come across our Northern border (i.e. Canada – which, by the way, DOESN’T border Nevada). She even said that she herself has been called the first Asian state legislator, which was later revealed that a reporter had mistakenly said (somehow?) she was Asian.
Angle defends a series of campaign advertisements that lean on images of dark-skinned men. Angle, who is white and has Mexican grandsons, claims she did not know the people in the TV spots were Hispanic and makes the case that it can be difficult to pinpoint someone’s race. I’m having a hard time trying to figure out which Tea Party candidate is crazier – Sharron Angle or Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell, but I’m guessing that Angle is more racist. If Angle thinks Hispanics look like Asians, I have to assume she thinks I look like a Latino.