Speaking of betrayals by one's political party (see the previous post), the Los Angeles Times reports today that Orange County Republican leaders have ditched Tan Nguyen, a Congressional candidate running against incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. What was Mr. Nguyen's crime? Was he found to have sold votes to campaign donors? Was he found to have sexually harrassed Congressional pages? No, his unforegiveable crime is that his campaign sent out a letter in Spanish that said in part: ""You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time…."
And the problem with that statement is, what? The last time I checked, it was voter fraud and a violation of federal law for an illegal immigrant or alien to vote in a federal election. True, the word "illegal" should appear before the word "immigrant" as well, but I have not seen the original Spanish version of the letter, and it is possible that the L.A. Times has creatively translated it.
The L.A. Times article further states, "The episode was a jarring reminder of what some observers call Orange County's history of xenophobia and voter intimidation, an ugly distinction that Republican leaders say they've tried hard to bury." Are we to seriously entertain the argument that the Tan Nguyen campaign, whose candidate is himself an immigrant from Vietnam, is xenophobic? Give me a break.
All this at a time when voter fraud, including voting by non-citizens, has become a major issue, and attempts by the States to stop it are fought by the Democrats by any means necessary. Witness today's Supreme Court decision, which allowed Arizona to proceed with a policy of requiring photo i.d. from voters in the upcoming November 7 election. The Democrats literally went to the Supreme Court to try to stop implementation of the Arizona law, as they had previously used litigation to defeat the application of similar laws in Georgia and Missouri. What is the principled argument against such laws? And what is the principle behind the abandonment of Tan Nguyen by the spineless GOP leadership in Orange County?
If I am missing something here, readers, please let me know.