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    February 20, 2008

    Immigrants are the new gays, con't

    Posted by: Chris

    Returning to a theme he's raised in private before, Barack Obama highlighted in his nationally televised speech last night in Houston how immigrants and gays have been scapegoated by politicians trying to drive a wedge in the electorate.

    Following up on previous posts (here and here) about the extent to which the leading Dems include gay issues in their speeches, Obama's address last night in Houston included this excerpt:

    I know how easy it is for politicians to turn us on each other, to use immigrants or gay people or folks who aren't like us as scapegoats for what they do. But I also know this. I know this because I have fought on the streets as an organizer, I have fought in the courts as a civil rights attorney, I have fought in the legislature, and I've won some battles, but I've also lost some, because good intentions aren't always enough. They have to be fortified by political will and political power.

    If you want to see it on video, it's in the last several minutes of Part 2 of the speech. Here are videos of both halves, which overlap by about two minutes:

    Part 1 of 2


    Part 2 of 2

    For those of you keeping track at home, Hillary Clinton did not mention gay issues in any way in her "concession" speech last night in Youngstown. Then again, she didn't mention the day's primary losses or offer Obama congratulations either.

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    1. Kevin on Feb 20, 2008 1:38:36 PM:

      Chris: I though "con't" was a no-no word. Ask Jane Fonda.

    1. Chris on Feb 20, 2008 4:21:01 PM:

      Right you are, Kevin. Add in Marc Halperin's use of "pussy" on the air to describe Edwards' view of Obama and you've got way too many vaginal references out there. Going forward I'll use II, III, IV, etc. ;)

    1. Rudy on Feb 20, 2008 4:46:34 PM:

      He repeated the line today in Dallas.

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