Being a Democrat means never having to say you are sorry

Remember the comment that East Haven mayor Joseph Maturo made (“I might have tacos”) in response to a reporter’s question about what he would be doing for East Haven hispanics after the arrest of four East Haven police officers for allegedly racially profiling and bullying Latino residents?

As reported in U.S. News, Gov. Malloy said that the comments were “repugnant” and “unacceptable”. “They represent either a horrible lack of judgment or worse, an underlying insensitivity to our Latino community that is unacceptable. Being tired is no excuse,” the governor said in a statement.

David Rosen, an attorney representing several Latino residents and business owners suing the East Haven police department for alleged civil rights violations, said Maturo’s comments were “appalling.”

“It just makes your heart sink to hear it and to see it. I can only hope that it will be a wakeup call to the townspeople of East Haven who are finding themselves represented this way by their elected officials and elements of their police department,” Rosen told msnbc.com in a telephone interview.

Matt DeRienzo, group editor of Journal Register Company’s publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen and Connecticut Magazine, wrote in a column Wednesday that Maturo’s “blatantly racist, ignorant and arrogant slur” was “an embarrassment to the community.

“Let’s not mince words,” DeRienzo wrote.

“The thin translation of Maturo’s taco comment is, ‘I am a full human being and you are less than one.’”

There were many calls for him to step down. Needless to say, he apologized profusely.

Now consider this story from The Hill in which we find a remarkably analogous situation:

Jim Messina, who is helming the president’s reelection effort, tweeted a line from a column written by The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank, in which he argues that Republicans will struggle to attract the Latino vote after coming out against the DREAM immigration reform act.

“Line of the day from WAPO’s Dana Milbank: “The chimichanga?  It might be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos.Messina

The RNC’s Latino press manager and other Republican Latinos have demanded an apology,

“The fact that the campaign manager of President Obama’s reelection campaign thinks it’s appropriate to disseminate insulting jokes about the Hispanic community is a perfect example of the kind of empty rhetoric that characterizes this White House’s so-called outreach to Latinos. We demand that Mr. Messina immediately apologize and we ask that President Obama disavow his campaign manager’s ridiculous statement,” said Jennifer Sevilla Korn, executive director of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network, in a statement.

which is apparently not coming:

“Tweeting someone else’s words caused a stir, but the GOP is on the wrong side of every Hispanic voter priority,” Messina wrote, linking to a campaign memo highlighting weak support for GOP candidates among Hispanic voters.

Wow. He pointed to a campaign memo to feebly shift blame and refused to apologize. How defiantly insensitive.

So where is the outrage from all those groups that allegedly represent Latino interests?  The comments were completely analogous, but one is uttered by a Republican, and one by a Democrat.  Both stupid, but the Republican apologized and admitted his insensitivity. The Democrat did not, and chose rather to self righteously point fingers at the RNC, compounding his guilt.

Do as I say you do, not as I do. –the new Democrat motto

22 replies
  1. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    Great analogy…NOT.
    After 4 years of the feds investigating “Staven” by the feds it was found that the police have been targeting Hispanic businesses and their customers forcing them out of town. The other finDings were profiling and physical abuse.
    When asked by this reporter what he would do for the Latinos in town to make up for all this he said? that he would go home and eat tacos. It wasn’t the word “tacos” …it was the snarky retort which meant that he would do absolutely nothing.
    No one was insulted by the word “TACOS”.?
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    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Perhaps you should reread (or actually read) the post.? It isn’t about what the errant police did, and I have quoted the fact that people, particularly hispanics, were insulted.

      The post IS about analogous bad behavior by two politicians with totally different consequences.

      • NH-Jim
        NH-Jim says:

        Typical, Crystal, deflect the commentary to fit the rhetoric of the left.
        It’s about the stupid comments made by prominent figures not the actions of the officers which, in itself, is another whole story.? Should East Haven Mayor Maturo step down because of the insensitive comment? No.? Should he step down because of his failure to control police department offenses?? Yes.

  2. chelly1222
    chelly1222 says:

    His tweet was intended to bring interest to an article written by Milbank about the Republicans alienating the latino voters.? I don’t see how a sensible person can read Milbank’s article, including the quote from McCain, and still have issue with Messina.? If Latinos are upset (though the aren’t, it’s just what repubs want you to think) they should be upset with the Republican party, McCain, and/or Milbank.?
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    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Well, that might be the way you perceive it, but everyone else sees it as it is: taking the quote out of context to bash the Republicans yet again on the fake racism issue.? It is hard to do that while practicing racism on your own though.? And why was Maturo’s remark so “disgusting”, while Medina’s/Milbank’s so acceptable?

      • chelly1222
        chelly1222 says:

        Please don’t speak for “everyone else”.? Do a little reading on this contrived outrage, you’ll find so many people feel this is being blown out of proportion, and like you just said, taken out of context.? He was not making a racist remark, he was bringing attention to an article,? an article I would have never read but has now been brought to my attention, an article supporting the opinion republicans are doing nothing to help themselves with latino voters.? Now that I think of it, I should be thanking you and Messina.? And maybe latinos should be too.
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      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        My apologies: you are the only one that has indicated that it is no big deal.?? I leave it to the Latinos to be offended if they like.?
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        Again, the post is about the relative difference in “offense” for the two analogous situations.

      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        But the point is the differential treatment: the liberals (in CT anyway) demanded that Maturo apologize and called his comment everything in the book.? When a liberal says it, the same groups are silent.? If one is really about protecting the protected classes, it should not matter who said what, “n” word, “t” word or “c” word.? It is either offensive or not.

  3. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    There is a complete double standard between anything offensive said by a Democrat and a Republican. Republicans always resign, Dems use the Peter Principle and rise.? LOL , couldn’t resist! If you can’t see it, why waste our time. You never will. Keep eating your pablum.

    • chelly1222
      chelly1222 says:

      I didn’t care whether he resigned or not. I think he should have finished out his term. Then let him decide if he wanted to run again and have the people decide, or chose on his own to end it then.

  4. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Democrats are Kosher taco-eating monsters who smell like chitterlings, have camel-milk mustaches and shove chopsticks up their noses. They are insane, hate-filled pigs who will never apologize for their lies and calumny. They should be ignored like the filthy, disease spreading, mangy dogs they are. They are money grubbing demons who should be in the voting crosshairs of any true patriotic American.

    • chelly1222
      chelly1222 says:

      Have you ever read the terms of use here? Why so much hatred in your writing? Don’t worry though, I won’t ask you to apologize. There are people on here who are capable of civility, and then those who are not.

      • chelly1222
        chelly1222 says:

        I get Letterman, Stewart, SNL, because I know a joke when I hear one. That is no joke, and the replies that followed prove it. HE is the hate-filled one. And the shame is the true lack of intelligence it takes to post something like he did and for people to be ok with it.

      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        You think those guys are funny?? Letterman is phoning it in, Stewart is just snarky, and SNL hasn’t been funny since Mike Meyers left the show.? If you meant that those shows and individuals ARE a joke, then I retract my statement!? 😉

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