Here's a more interesting case, though: Loretta Sanchez, a congresswoman from California who first gained fame by unseating the always entertaining Bob "B-1" Dornan. Sanchez is getting a stiff challenge this cycle from a Vietnamese-American candidate named Van Tran. Based on the video that John Hinderaker at Powerline found, she doesn't like that much. Her comments are in Spanish, as they were delivered on the Spanish-language Univision network. Hinderaker notes:
Sanchez's polling must be turning negative, because she has launched--in Spanish--a racist attack against Van Tran and his supporters.
Prepare to be disgusted as you see this liberal Democrat fire up her Spanish-speaking base by telling them that "the Vietnamese and the Republicans are trying to take away this seat."
Actually, I'm not especially disgusted, because I'm not surprised. It would be passing strange to note that Sanchez believes that Tran, who is an immigrant from Vietnam, is anti-immigrant. But when you are steeped in identity politics and view people as hyphenated Americans first and foremost, it's should not be surprising that Sanchez would play this card.
Van Tran, like most people who have emigrated from Southeast Asia, came to this country with just about nothing. He has made his way to the point where he can be a credible candidate for Congress. That's worth celebrating, no matter whether or not it endangers the political career of Loretta Sanchez.