Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Obama: vote for me!

Apparently Obama is both black enough and latino enough:

Obama's campaign said Monday that, if elected, the Illinois senator would lift restrictions imposed by the Bush administration and allow Cuban-Americans to visit their relatives more frequently, as well as ease limits on the amount of money they can send to their families.
Chalk up another anti-American stupid stance for him. He's really taking the pandering to a whole new level with the hispanic community; its impressive.

I found this bit to be revealing.
Unlike the early waves of immigrants who brought their entire families, often by plane, to the U.S., most Cubans now flee by boat and are forced to leave relatives behind. Fewer of these immigrants were overt political opponents of the government, and they want to be able to visit loved ones and to send money home.
So basically we've already taken in the true political exiles who actually want to flee communism and be Americans, and now we're getting the same kind of folks we get from Mexico, only these people happen to be legal because we're granting them asylum.

There is zero political or societal advantage to be gained from accepting these people any longer, particularly if they have no desire to truly leave Cuba and are merely being forced out for economic reasons. Doubly particularly if they're sending money back to support the country -- the very thing the embargo is designed to fight!

Again, the big boys step up and just shake their heads at Obama.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, a spokesman for the U.S.-Cuba Democracy Pact, which supports full sanctions, said Obama's statement could hurt U.S.-Cuban relations at a crucial time.

"I'm sure he's well intentioned," Claver-Carone said, but he added that with the death of Castro possibly approaching and the potential for change on the island, such a statement could send the wrong message.
In Texas that statement would be followed with "bless his heart," which is a verbal bandaid that allows a person to say just about anything about someone else without sounding judgmental or mean. However, I couldn't have come up with a better way to describe Obama, and if he (by some deus ex machina) manages to fumble his way into the Democratic nomination it will be a perfect slogan to fight his campaign:
"I'm sure he's well intentioned, bless his heart."