Whose idea was it to send John McCain down to Mexico the day before Independence Day and have him grovel for Latino votes south of the border by visiting the Basilica de Guadalupe–a famed Catholic shrine featuring the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which most Mexican politicians consider off-limits for campaigning?
According to Frentes Politicos (hat tip – reader Edgar M.), the stunt was the brainchild of none other than McCain’s open-borders Hispanic outreach director and former Mexican cabinet official Juan Hernandez, who apparently survived the big campaign staff shake-up:
I. El truco para la buena imagen fue idea de Juan Hernández —el director de la Oficina Presidencial para Mexicanos en el Exterior de Vicente Fox—, quien hoy asesora en asuntos de hispanos al candidato presidencial republicano de EU, John McCain. Dentro del equipo de campaña refieren que el consejero supo referir cuán afortunada en simpatía mexicana resulta una visita a la Basílica de Guadalupe, dada la centenaria cultura popular de equiparar “estadunidense” con “protestante”.
Rough translation via Babelfish (if you’ve got a better one, let me know):
I. The trick for the good image was [the] idea of Juan Hernandez – the Mexican director of the Presidential Office [of Mexicans Living Outside Mexico for] Vicente Fox, who today advises in subjects Hispanic to the Republican presidential candidate of the [Estados Unidos/United States], John McCain. Within the field equipment they refer that the advisor knew to refer how lucky in Mexican affection is a visit to the Basilica from Guadalupe, given the centennial popular culture to compare “estadunidense” with “protestant”.
Hernandez, of course, served under former Mexican president Vicente Fox–who, what a coinky-dink, also wrapped himself in the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe while campaigning.
Here’s McCain with the Virgin of Guadalupe looming over him during a Mexican TV interview:
Could Hernandez and friends be more heavy-handed?
McCain’s visit last week confounded Mexicans, irked grass-roots American conservatives, and failed to mollify the un-mollify-able shamnesty forces on either side of the border. All for one cheap, pandering photo-op.
If Obama had pulled something this crass and stupid on the eve of Independence Day weekend, Republicans would be having a field day today.
Instead, you’ll hear…nada.
McCain and Obama speak to the League of United Latin American Citizens’ national convention on Tuesday in Washington and the National Council of La Raza/The Race on Saturday in San Diego.
As I mentioned last week, San Diego votes on a La Raza/The Race Day declaration on Tuesday.
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