Noting that the United States had apprehended 1,000 people from Cuba in 2005, Thompson said, "I don't imagine they're coming here to bring greetings from Castro. We're living in the era of the suitcase bomb." Fidel Castro is Cuba's leader.While I have a love/hate relationship with the Democrats, I'm actually going to admit some surprise at how blatant the rhetoric is flowing freely out of the Republicans' pie-holes. Do they know that they are on their way to nationalizing the backlash that was unleashed in Califas when Pete Wilson decided to pull the Brown Menace card from out of his blazer sleeve?
A video clip of Thompson's remark immediately circulated on YouTube and has drawn considerable attention in Florida, a key early primary state home to many Republican-leaning Cuban Americans.
Not widespread backlash, mind you, that would require something just-this-side of an apparition of the Virgen de Guadalupe holding hands with FDR to form the solidarity needed to beat back the nativist fever that's all the rage this year.
U.S. immigration policy with respect to Cuba is the greatest example of idiocy in action. Traditionally Cuban-Americans have supported GOP candidates, so this remark by Thompson was a little surprising to me. Perhaps it will finally shake free the last cobwebs of denial from any Latino that thinks they will be treated any different than your run-of-the-mill migrant worker.
We're all the same, you know. [/sarcasm]