Opponents of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have fallen to new, and unpatriotic, lows in putting up a TV ad in Nevada which encourages Latino voters in that state not to vote in the November election.
The ad takes Reid to task for failing to deliver passage this year of comprehensive immigration reform. It ends with the narrator saying, "Don't vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message. You can no longer take us for granted. Don't vote."
Here is the ad in Spanish:
My problem isn't that Nevada Latinos could be angry at Reid over a failure to pass much-needed immigration reform. (The fact is that the legislation died because of a Republican filibuster, but that's grist for a separate column.)
My anger, rather, stems from the recommendation that Latinos just sit this election out, as if that would actually accomplish anything. No American, on either side of the political spectrum, should stay home on Election Day. We all need to get out to vote.
The truth is that the fastest way for a politician, any politician, to take you for granted is if he knows you won't vote.
And no issue, not immigration, not tax policy, not anything, has ever been helped by concerned Americans staying home on election day.
The fact is that Reid is locked in an extremely tight race for re-election, and the people behind this ad clearly want him defeated. They know Reid's ouster becomes more likely if they can convince potential supporters to stay home.
That's the rationale here, pure and simple.
Because the group who put up this cowardly ad, who would rather win by default than on the strength of ideas, knows another truth. That truth is that Latinos in Nevada have more than enough power to swing the Senate race whichever way they want.