Ethnic stereotyping alert!
Politico reports that Hillary "Scooby" Clinton has, in her efforts to do what the simple folk do, has set up a website designed to make even the little people feel as though they just received an invite to Chelsea Clinton's $10 million Manhattan apartment:
She is also trying to make even small-dollar donors feel like they are part of the inner circle, including them in the kickoff finance team conference calls.
“I think it’s more in keeping in style with the campaign they want to run. They aren’t going to have chartered jets for the finance committee if she is driving across the country,” said Tony Podesta, a long-time Democratic megadonor and brother to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. “House parties will be in Iowa, not in Georgetown.”
The tactic, which certainly isn’t going to insulate Clinton from veteran operatives and megadonors, isn’t just about optics, according to sources close to Clinton. They argue it has the practical effect of allowing the campaign to identify which donors and bundlers are actually converting pledges to campaign checks, opens the door for new donors and Obama backers to feel like they have a seat at the table and gives their grass-roots supporters a larger role.
But The Weekly Standard visited Clinton's donate-here web pages and discovered something very interesting:
The main donation page for the site includes preset amount buttons for $5, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 and the maximum for the primary election cycle, $2,700. However, the preset amounts for the Spanish language version of the donation page are significantly less: $3, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $250.
So–what Hillary Clinton is saying is that Hispanics (and I'm half-Hispanic myself) don't have as much money as English-speaking Americans? I call that a blatant ethnic caricature! What does Clinton think–that every Latino is some kind of shuffling, rebozo-wearing peasant who can afford to pull out only $3 from between the leather and the tire soles of his beat-up huaraches? ¡Ay caramba! I thought that kind of thing went out with the Frito Bandito!
I'm alerting MALDEF!
Furthermore, take a look at the very different photos of Hillary Clinton on the English-language and Spanish-language pages. On theEnglish-language page Hillary sports a stiff-collared navy-blue jacket and a no-nonsense short hairdo. But since Hispanic women are famously more feminine than their Anglo sisters, the Hillary on the Spanish-language page has shoulder-length hair, and her jacket is a soft and flattering lavender-and-silver plaid with little glittery things on it (Hispanic women love bling, I can attest from my female relatives).
Yet another ethnic stereotype. Tsk, tsk.