The Silver State is one of those states where immigrants and their children, known collectively as "New American" voters, could mean the difference between winning and losing an election.
Instead of staying home, Latinos and others in Nevada need to get out on Election Day and demonstrate just how potent their political power is, whether that means voting for Reid, Republican Sharron Angle, or, as is legal in Nevada, "None of the Above."
Our nation already has a shameful history when it comes to voter suppression, which is exactly what this new ad is, pure and simple. Such suppression became infamous with the Jim Crow laws, and continued right up through 2008.
Rather than suppress the vote as partisans seeking an advantage, we should be Americans are encourage all our fellow citizens to vote.
Voter suppression is the coward's way out. Those who employ it have no honor, and they know they don't have much else to stand on.
Republicans love to claim 2010 as a re-run of 1994. But the truth is that as decisive as the GOP likes to say '94 was, just a meager 38.8 percent of eligible Americans cast ballots that year.
Even the historic election of 2008 saw voter participation that was just a few percentage ponts higher than 50 percent.
It may be a cliche, but one I believe bears repeating. Men and women of all racial and ethic identities gave their lives in wartime so that you and I could continue to return to the ballot box, year after year.
We say we support our troops, but anyone who fails to vote — or discourages others from doing so — clearly does not.
In fact, it's plain that the people responsible for this new ad in Nevada hate our freedoms, and hate America, as surely as Osama bin Laden.