Ed Markey’s Allies Play the “acting white” Card….

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Ed Markey's Allies Play the "acting white" Card....

A His­panic stu­dent with a 4.0 GPA is the least pop­u­lar of all His­panic students

Roland Fryer “Act­ing White” The social price paid by the best and bright­est minor­ity students

Under nor­mal cir­cum­stances Ed Markey’s elec­tion to the Sen­ate should be a cake­walk. He has a ton of money 36 years of expe­ri­ence in con­gress and favors to call in and is run­ning in a D +20 state that was car­ried by the pres­i­dent over­whelm­ing in 2012.

One would think this would be enough, but when you are a career pol at a time when the con­gress is less pop­u­lar and trusted than use car sales­man, when you’ve just dis­posed of the favorite of orga­nized Labor in a pri­mary, fac­ing an out­sider with a great story, who has an eth­nic con­nec­tion to a base you would nor­mally put efforts into deliv­er­ing to the polls you get wor­ried. You start run­ning neg­a­tive ads even if they risk bring­ing up the vis­i­bil­ity of your lesser known oppo­nent (am I the only one who noticed Gomez face is washed out in those ads to make him look less Hispanic?)

But what hap­pens when even after run­ning those ads things like this hap­pen.

the highly respected Cook Polit­i­cal Report has just changed its rat­ing on the Mass­a­chu­setts US Sen­ate race from “Lean Demo­c­rat” to “Toss Up.”

And sud­denly for Ed Markey things are a lot worse.

A Sen­ate Race in Mass­a­chu­setts that would nor­mally be ignored by the smart money in the GOP nation­ally sud­denly decides it’s worth send­ing money and foot sol­diers to take your oppo­nent over the fin­ish line and maybe, just maybe, a few ambi­tious democ­rats who think they belong in that sen­ate seat instead of him might decide they don’t mind a Gomez vic­tory fig­ur­ing they can pull an Eliz­a­beth War­ren in a year so they give pub­lic sup­port, but drag their feet on the heavy lifting.

Now you have to do some­thing. What what do you do. Nor­mally you would try to max­i­mize your base, say turn out the His­panic neigh­bor­hoods that are vital to Democ­rats in a close race, but can you and your allies risk bring­ing His­panic vot­ers to the polls where they’ll see a bal­lot with the name “Gomez” on it?

Well you and your allies might be reduced to this:

¿Qué es un LINO? (what is a Latino in Name Only)

Seri­ously, folks SERI­OUSLY?

Gomez is the quin­tes­sen­tial Amer­i­can story, a son of Colom­bian immi­grants, Span­ish as his first lan­guage, worked hard, joined the ser­vice, became a Navy Pilot, Navy seal and after­wards a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and he’s Latino in name only.

Tell me what isn’t Latino enough about him? the Navy Pilot bit? The Navy Seal bit? The Suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man bit? Or maybe it’s the hard work? Is El Plan­eta and Jerry Vil­lacres seri­ously try­ing to tell their Span­ish lan­guage read­ers that a guy who man­ages all these things doesn’t rep­re­sent the Latino com­mu­nity? Talk about advanc­ing a racist EBT card stereotype.

This is the type of thing that a can­di­date does when he’s scared. It means although Gomez has a tough road to climb he has a real shot of win­ning this race…

as long as he doesn’t do any­thing foolish.…

A Hispanic student with a 4.0 GPA is the least popular of all Hispanic students

Roland Fryer “Acting White” The social price paid by the best and brightest minority students

Under normal circumstances Ed Markey’s election to the Senate should be a cakewalk.  He has a ton of money 36 years of experience in congress and favors to call in and is running in a D +20 state that was carried by the president overwhelming in 2012.

One would think this would be enough, but when you are a career pol at a time when the congress is less popular and trusted than use car salesman, when you’ve just disposed of the favorite of organized Labor in a primary, facing an outsider with a great story, who has an ethnic connection to a base you would normally put efforts into delivering to the polls you get worried.  You start running negative ads even if they risk bringing up the visibility of your lesser known opponent (am I the only one who noticed Gomez face is washed out in those ads to make him look less Hispanic?)

But what happens when even after running those ads things like this happen.

the highly respected Cook Political Report has just changed its rating on the Massachusetts US Senate race from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss Up.”

And suddenly for Ed Markey things are a lot worse.

A Senate Race in Massachusetts that would normally be ignored by the smart money in the GOP nationally suddenly decides it’s worth sending money and foot soldiers to take your opponent over the finish line and maybe, just maybe, a few ambitious democrats who think they belong in that senate seat instead of him might decide they don’t mind a Gomez victory figuring they can pull an Elizabeth Warren in a year so they give public support, but drag their feet on the heavy lifting.

Now you have to do something. What what do you do. Normally you would try to maximize your base, say turn out the Hispanic neighborhoods that are vital to Democrats in a close race, but can you and your allies risk bringing Hispanic voters to the polls where they’ll see a ballot with the name “Gomez” on it?

Well you and your allies might be reduced to this:

¿Qué es un LINO? (what is a Latino in Name Only)

Seriously, folks SERIOUSLY?

Gomez is the quintessential American story, a son of Colombian immigrants, Spanish as his first language, worked hard, joined the service, became a Navy Pilot,  Navy seal and afterwards a successful businessman and he’s Latino in name only.

Tell me what isn’t Latino enough about him? the Navy Pilot bit?  The Navy Seal bit?  The Successful businessman bit?  Or maybe it’s the hard work?  Is El Planeta and Jerry Villacres seriously trying to tell their Spanish language readers that a guy who manages all these things doesn’t represent the Latino community?  Talk about advancing a racist EBT card stereotype.

This is the type of thing that a candidate does when he’s scared.  It means although Gomez has a tough road to climb he has a real shot of winning this race…

as long as he doesn’t do anything foolish….