Saturday, June 23, 2007

Irony in Politics

Flashback to the third Republican debate on June 5th.

One of the topics was whether English should be the official language of the United States. Not surprisingly, none of the candidates opposed it, although Sen. McCain did note that doing so might violate one of our treaties with the Navajo in his state.

Others had complained about "press 1 for English". My wife commented that you would think Republicans would respect the free market at work.

The irony?

The debate ended at 9 pm. I clicked over to ABC and what was on? The "NCLR ALMA Awards", featuring subversives such as Eva Longoria, Cameron Diaz, Emilio Estevez, and Prince. The program was put on by the National Council of La Raza. But that was not the ironic part. That came at the first advertising break, featuring the lead sponsor.

Chevrolet. The ad (apart from the logo, Chevrolet Subete) was in English, featuring hard working hispanic contractors with their Chevy pickup. I could only imagine what Tom Tancredo would be thinking if he had seen that. Certainly not "What is good for General Motors is good for the country".

Then came the second break, featuring another major sponsor in the lead ad.

That ad was entirely in Spanish, with English subtitles, featuring lots of hard working middle-aged hispanics. The offender was none other than AARP.

We were howling at that one. Would any of the Republican candidates for President have the guts to tell AARP that they should not have run that ad?

Soon after the AARP ad was a Me Encanta advertisement for McDonalds. And what's good for McDonalds .... ?

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

That is awesome! Irony in action. :)