We’ve seen, repeatedly, that Fred Hiatt thinks it’s not a problem if George Will wants to use his Washington Post column to mislead people about facts. But Will’s decided to enter a new kind of loathesomeness with this characterization of where one might meet a Hispanic:
Non-Hispanic Arizonans of all sorts live congenially with all sorts of persons of Hispanic descent. These include some whose ancestors got to Arizona before statehood — some even before it was a territory. They were in America before most Americans’ ancestors arrived. Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their back yards at 3 a.m.
I suppose it’s true that professional rightwingers like George Will might not encounter Hispanics in any other context. And the fact that racism seems to have such a welcome home in the conservative movement guarantees that will continue to be true for a while.
Meanwhile, I might suggest that conservative Arizona fans cogitate a bit on the fact that there are a large number of conservative Cuban American Republican Party politicians in this country and as best I can tell none of them approve of this law. Why do they think that is?
Anyways, the Post has a snazzy new PostPolitics page that helps you swiftly summarize the fact that there don’t appear to be any Hispanic opinion writers at the paper who might be able to have a word or two with Will about this.