29 August 2006

What disconnect?

Senator Conrad Burns, a Montana Republican, was recently criticized for referring to his housepainter as a "little Guatemalan man." No matter that his housepainter is in fact a rather short man from Guatemala. How is this a "gaffe" or "misstep"? Where is the "disconnect" with voters? How is this somehow an offensive, racial slur?

According to Michael K. Fauntroy, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, "There is disconnect at some level." I'd like him, or someone, to demonstrate to me where this disconnect exists.

Frankly, I could care less how many illegal immigrants are pissed off over a little Guatemalan man being referred to as a little Guatemalan man because (unless they live in California...ha!) they aren't going to be voting anyways.
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