Suddenly, Meg Whitman respects the Spanish-speaking community again

Now that she's done fear-mongering on immigration to win a GOP primary, Whitman's making a play for the Latino vote

Published June 17, 2010 3:30PM (EDT)

According to this ad that will run in California during today's World Cup Mexico-France game, gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman respects the Latino community. The ad is in Spanish, so white Republicans will never know that Whitman suddenly loves those scary immigrants.

The ad says Whitman's "the Republican who opposed the Arizona law and opposed Proposition 187." It does not point out that she's also the Republican who claimed she didn't use images of a border fence in her ads, even though she did. It also doesn't point out that Whitman still opposes immigration reform and the naturalization of currently undocumented immigrants.

So once this bullying snob is governor, she will not support racial profiling, but she will also not support any action being taken to help illegal immigrants become legal. I think Mickey Kaus' immigration position is better thought-out.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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