Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rep. Eric Watson's "Hispaniels" Comment May Be More Mean-Spirited Than Idiotic

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 9:49 PM

click to enlarge Rep. Eric Watson: Definitely not a Hispaniel.
  • Rep. Eric Watson: Definitely not a Hispaniel.
In response to Rep. Eric Watson's "Hispaniels" reference, Aunt B. hopes against the worst:
Here's the thing, my conservative friends. Just like you are afraid that there are a ton of liberals sitting around reading Marx and pulling statues of Lenin out of our closets at night to drape with flowers and hemp scarves while we blow pot smoke in each others' mouths in their honor before delving into a great big orgy and then all go marry each other and our dogs, we are afraid that y'all are secretly sitting around nodding along to people who get their inspiration from Stormfront and KKK Today. It's not a hard stretch for me to think that, if I were to go to Stormfront's site, I would find people referring to Hispanics as "Hispaniels."
No, Auntie, it's not a hard stretch at all. From a 2004 Stormfront message board, here are the tasteful, and familiar, words of Nebraska forum member TriRyche:

Where I live, it is still great to be in the MAJORITY. I wish we could exchange our *hispaniels and groids for some asians-- At least the asians wouln't be breeding like rabbits.* "hispaniels" means any mud from below our Southern Border. Sort of like a mutt. I got that word by listening to the First President Bush mis-pronouncing the word "Hispanic"

Honestly, at first I thought Watson's comment was just an unfortunate slip of the tongue. (Yes, even after he said "yellow man.") But now...yeah, this doesn't look so good*. *The obvious reference point here Virginia Senator George Allen's "macaca" slur that derailed his re-election campaign. If you had to rank these two against each other in a battle for idiotic douchebaggery, Watson wins by a nose. Allen was speaking at a sparsely attended rally. Watson made his comment during a state House committee meeting (advantage Watson). Both statements were made into a microphone (automatically doubling points for idiocy). The only reason Allen makes it a fight is that he had much further to fall. The next logical question: So Rep. Watson, where'd you pick up this charming little reference? Update: Watson says he said españols, not Hispaniels. Listen for yourself. Go to the legislature's website and watch the State & Local Government, April 7, 2009, video. It's at the 18:46 mark of the video.

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