Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is on a roll.
A few weeks after strongly -- and comically -- rebuffing Newt Gingrich's 'Food Stamp President' claim about President Obama, as well as Gingrich's claim that the former Speaker of the House speaks 'for all Catholics' on birth control, the Illinois representative took on the GOP and Mitt Romney's characterization of Arizona's onerous anti-immigration policies as a 'model' the U.S. should follow.
Gutierrez begins his speech by recounting the well known demographics of Latinos, the largest and fastest-growing minority in the country:
- Important voting blocks in swing states like Arizona (30% of the population is Hispanic); Colorado, Nevada and Florida (25% of the population is Hispanic in each of these states)
- 1 in 4 of all children in America are Latino
- 500,000 Hispanics turn 18, and eligible to vote, every year
- 90% of the 50 million Latinos in the U.S. are citizens
"That's a lot of people to keep track of," says Guiterrez in the video, "especially if you want to offend each and every one of them."
And with this, the Congressman is off to the races, counting exactly how Arizona's law is a terrible model for the rest of the country:
- "One, if you're a politician, Arizona's law is a model for how to achieve early retirement."
- "Two, if you want to wreck your local economy, Arizona's law is a model for lost jobs and tax revenue."
- "Three, Arizona's law is a model for how to energize Latino voters."
- "Four -- and I'll stop at four because my time in limited -- Arizona's law is a model on how to make decent people suffer."
Folks, it really doesn't get much better than this when it comes to political theater.