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Another Great Moment in Democratic Outreach to Minorities



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From the last Morning Jolt of the week:

‘I’m a Democratic Congressional Candidate, and I Approved This Race-Baiting.’

Apparently the good lefty folks at Talking Points Memo have their limit when it comes to explicitly race-based appeals in Democratic party primaries: The jury’s out on just how seriously Democratic candidate Dan Adler should be taken in the crowded primary to replace departed Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) in California’s 36th district, but the career entertainment executive is drawing plenty of attention for his bizarre — and possibly offensive — ad campaign. In his latest ad, Adler hangs out with a multi-ethnic crowd touting his appeal to Asian voters by pointing out that he’s married to a Korean and that — as a Jew — he can understand what it’s like to be a minority. In a weird and seemingly quite patronizing twist, a heavily accented Korean immigrant woman in a laundromat awkwardly interrupts him throughout the ad, finally asking the camera “What’s a mensch?”

At Hot Air, Allahpundit observes, “For whatever reason, racial demagoguery as practiced by California Democrats seems to be more overt than the usual wink-and-nod sort practiced by their colleagues nationally. Remember Loretta Sanchez warning Univision last year before the midterms that “the Vietnamese” (in the form of Republican Van Tran) were trying to take her seat? She was in trouble for awhile but rallied to win her race comfortably. You may have taken Saigon, “Vietnamese,” but you’ll never take Loretta Sanchez’s district. Adler’s got a tough haul in the primary — among his opponents are California’s secretary of state and progressive favorite Marcy Winograd — so bottom-feeding racial appeals really might be his only shot.”

Over at New York magazine, they’re invoking the has-a-minority-wife-so-it’s-okay! “If Democrat Dan Adler — who is running in a special congressional election for Jane Harman’s former seat in California — didn’t have a Korean wife, this might one of the most racist campaign ads we’ve ever seen. As it is, it still makes us pretty uncomfortable. Also, confused — is it normal to scream out ‘I’m Korean!’ while someone is talking?”

I do like the observations in the comments, including, “What a proud moment for his wife,” and, “What’s worse is that there were at least 19 people (I counted) in this commercial, plus the crew. All those people and nobody thought this was stupid?”


Tags: California , Dan Adler


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