Both Barack Obama and John McCain have put out Spanish-speaking political ads. Both ads are untrue. Both ads are ridiculous.
We begin with Barack Obama.
Now, Obama's ad accuses John McCain of being allied with Rush Limbaugh, of all people, in disliking illegal immigrants. That, of course, is absurd. Limbaugh has hammered McCain for years over the issue. The ad uses some comments Limbaugh made. He says they were totally out of context. He wrote an article Friday in The Wall Street Journal if you care to read it.
The bottom line here is that John McCain has been very accommodating to immigrants, both legal and illegal. And many conservatives had a huge problem with the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill, which is why it died. Senator Obama did not tell the truth in his Spanish ad.
Now, for McCain in Espanol. McCain says that Obama is one of the reasons the McCain-Kennedy bill failed. That's not true. Obama voted for the bill, had little to do with shaping it.
So again, both of these ads are dishonest, no matter what language they're in.
My question is why are these guys doing this? Do they not know there are some honest journalists in the country? Do they not know this stuff is going to being flagged by me and others?
The only thing I can think of is that Obama and McCain are going for Spanish-speaking Americans, people who don't watch "The Factor" or any other English-speaking news program.
Now, these guys don't need to do this. Both Obama and McCain are very tolerant of immigration. So why even bother with the exercise? Trying to fake out uninformed voters is not presidential.
"Talking Points" believes Americans want a president who's a stand-up guy, who will try not to put out misleading political ads, who will face tough problems like illegal immigration and try to solve them.
Instead of attacking each other in Spanish, both senators should tell the folks what they're going to do about illegal immigration. Tell them in English, Italian, Russian and Chinese, but tell them straight.
And that's "The Memo."
Pinheads & Patriots
Model Gisele Bundchen is selling off some of her jewelry, and she can afford to. Ms. Bundchen makes an estimated $35 million a year posing for pictures and doing runway work, so she's giving back.
She's selling some of her diamond jewelry at Christie's and giving the money to poor countries, primarily in Africa, that employ poor people who harvest diamonds. For this, Miss Bundchen is a patriot.
On the pinhead front, singer R. Kelly recently was acquitted of child porn charges. After that, he decided to give an interview to our pal, Toure.
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TOURE, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST: Let me ask you something real that millions of Americans are thinking about, wondering about you. Do you like teenage girls?
R. KELLY, SINGER: When you say teenage, how old are we talking?
TOURE: Girls who are teenagers.
R. KELLY: Nineteen?
TOURE: Nineteen, and younger.
R. KELLY: I have some 19-year-old friends. But I don't like anybody illegal, if that's what we're talking about, underage.
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Pinhead doesn't even come close.