Larry Elder

Critics of President George W. Bush derive great pleasure from his inability to pronounce the word "nuclear." As a candidate, they ridiculed Bush for not knowing the heads of Pakistan, Chechnya and India. But what of the gaffes made by various liberal politicians?

 Roll tape, please:

 Embattled Democratic California Governor Gray Davis on California's "diversity": "My vision is to make the most diverse state on Earth, and we have people from every planet on the Earth in this state. We have the sons and daughters of every, of people from every planet -- of every country on Earth in this state." Every planet? Now that's diversity.

 California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cruz Bustamante, when asked whether he sees a distinction between illegal and legal immigrants: "Immigrants are immigrants. Anybody who works and pays taxes ought to have a right for citizenship." Yeah, but the questioner asked whether Bustamante sees a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. Guess not.

 What about the group called MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), an organization to which Bustamante belonged in college? The MEChA web site talks about the "liberation" of the American Southwest, with the racist motto, "For the race, everything. For those outside the race, nothing." Asked to renounce the organization, Bustamante said, "Well, of course, anybody who says I'm for racial separation is absolutely wrong. That's ridiculous, and on top of that, in terms of it as a student, when we were there in the '70s . . . a lot of organizations developed during the 1960s and they had said a lot of different things in terms of what they said they were trying to do. By the time I got there, people were running for student government. I mean, everybody by that time were wannabe radicals, they weren't radicals. And we were trying to bring culture, the culture of the Latino community, into the college campuses. We were trying to get kids, Latino kids, and kids of all races, to be able to go into college. This was not some manifesto. . . . I don't support racial separation." Not exactly Shermanesque.

 California gubernatorial Green Party candidate Peter Camejo, on why he supports a bill granting domestic partnership benefits: "Ignorance and prejudice have existed for almost time immemorial against gays and lesbians. Total equal rights -- part of our family. In fact, they're all part of your family. Everyone's got gay and lesbians in their families, so for Christ's sake, don't turn against your own family. The same rights for everyone." Everyone's got gay and lesbians in their families?

Larry Elder

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