Alan Webber, Democrat candidate for governor in New Mexico, was speaking to a crowd at a candidate forum recently, and was caught on camera saying something pretty outrageous. Speaking of the Republican governor Susana Martinez, a Hispanic woman, Webber let this one fly:
“So I’m asking you for your help, we need to make Susana Martinez a one-term governor. We need to send her back to wherever she really came from.”
He paused juuuust long enough to get the desired reaction, that being shocked, barked out laughter, before quickly following with.
“I suspect it’s Texas. And that would be good for Texas and that would be good for New Mexico.”
That line was designed to do exactly what it did, and got exactly the reaction it was meant to get. It is a tired refrain, but one that will always bear repeated: what if a republican had said it?