Former Gov. Richardson on Sen. Cruz: 'I don't think he should be defined as an Hispanic'
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has taken it upon himself to re-define an entire ethnic group.
Speaking on an ABC News web chat following his appearance on "This Week," Richardson revealed a bigotry so deep and profound that it makes right wing anti-Hispanic loons look reasonable by comparison.
And yes, Richardson is Hispanic himself. It doesn't matter. Bigotry is bigotry wherever it rears its head. And in that interview, Richardson took bigotry out of the closet and paraded it in front of anyone watching.
"I'm not a fan. I know [Ted Cruz is] sort of the Republican latest flavor. He's articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I don't like his politics. I think he introduces a measure of incivility in the political process. Insulting people is not the way to go. But I guess he's a force in the Republican political system, but I'm not a fan."
ABC News: Do you think he represents most Hispanics with his politics?
"No, no. He's anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don't think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He's a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texas' choice. But what I don't like is... when you try to get things done, it's okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology. But I've seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington."
What exactly is Richardson saying?
Ted Cruz is cannot be defined as Hispanic because a) he doesn't support immigration reform, and b) he's a meany.
In other words, Cruz does not support the Democratic agenda; ergo, he is not Hispanic. In Ricahrdson's view, heritage means nothing; politics trumps genes. This isn't identity politics as we've come to know and love it. This is a special kind of bigotry that redefines heritage in order to score political points - as cynical and bigoted as any right winger who hates "wetbacks."
Of course, we've seen similar statements from African American Democrats who have drummed conservative blacks out of their race. "Authenticity" is defined by politics. The so-called Black Caucus wouldn't allow former Rep. J.C. Watts to join their group, not because he wasn't black, but because he didn't subscribe to their agenda.
Unless minorities march in lockstep with Democrats upraised arm saluting their masters in the Democratic party who cynically and shamelessly pander to their concerns and seek to stoke their deepest fears, they end up being non-persons without heritage or race.
Needless to say, Richardson and other Democrats are not allowed to do this - except when their allies in the media let them get away with it.