Singing frog chides Arizona immigration law opponents

May 27, 2010

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer’s campaign is using a singing frog to chide high-ranking Democratic cabinet officials for criticizing the desert state’s controversial new immigration law without actually reading it.

The campaign to elect Brewer – who stepped up when former Democrat Governor Janet Napolitano became President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary – uses a Muppet-like hand puppet to deliver a crooned reading lesson.

“Reading is really super swell … Reading helps you know what you’re talking about,” the Kermit-like frog raspingly intones, cut in with clips of senior administration officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and Napolitano admitting that they hadn’t read the law they have spoken out about.

The law requires state and local police to determine the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect to be in the country illegally during a stop, detention or arrest.

Polls show it is backed by a majority of Americans, although opponents say it will lead to racial profiling, and have launched law suits and an economic boycott that could cost Phoenix an estimated $90 million in lost hotel and convention business over the next five years.

“Broken borders are not a laughing matter, but the failure by Obama’s trusted officials to read Arizona’s law before commenting and condemning it is laughable,” campaign spokesman Doug Cole said in a message posted on Brewer’s campaign website.

“As a result, is using a little bit of humor to remind everyone in Washington of the importance of reading,” he added.

The joke failed to raise a laugh with some comentators, including the Wonkette blog, which struck out at Brewer for using an “untalented illegal frog monster” to make fun of Holder and Napolitano.

“Brewer’s campaign ponied up for a singing frog hand-puppet to sing about how Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano haven’t even read the racist law that just went into place in racist Arizona. The frog’s voice is like Kermit’s, but more ‘lung cancer’,” the blog said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Napolitano and Holder at a meeting at State Department in February)


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Wow, Wonkette uses the word “racist” twice in one sentence. A pat on the head for the righteous little robot. Let’s see her duke it out now with that nastiest of racists, that king of racial profilers. You know — the one called reality, the one that’s nefariously arranged for the large majority of illegal immigrants to be Hispanic.

Kudos to the ad. Ridicule is a very effective political tool, as it forces your opponent into immediate defensive mode. They may mount a spirited defense, but you’ve seized the tactical initiative.

Posted by Mega | Report as abusive

yeah… too bad there isn’t an ad about how the repubs didn’t read the health care bill either.

Posted by ender | Report as abusive

I do not see why everyone is getting so worked up over AZ’s new law.

In 2007 Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the Official language of MO. Nearly 90% voted in favor. English became the officail language for all govt. proceedings in MO. It also means no individual has the right to demand govt. services in ANY language other than English…

In 2008, a measure was passed that requires Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of any person arrested and inform federal authorities if the person is found to be here illegally. It allows MO law enforcement to receive training to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill also makes clear that illegal immigrants will NOT have access to taxpayer benefits, such as food stamps and health care through MO HealthNET.

In 2009 a measure was passed that ensures MO public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals here illegally.

Everybody is focused on AZ, while MO has been proactive in addressing this growing problem. MO has sent a clear message that illegal immigrants are NOT welcome there and they are NOT welcome to receive public benefits at the cost of the MO taxpayers.

Information is from “the Ozarks Sentinel” Nita Jane Ayers May 13, 2010

Posted by RockingN | Report as abusive

WOW, very mature Arizona!! You are what I DON’T want to lead my state and I’m a REPUBLICAN !!! grow up please and act your ages!!

Posted by AndresDaKing | Report as abusive

Someone responded to the illegal immigrant article on May 29, 2010, and said their was a messure(?) passed in MO. What I want to know is if it is a law? If not a law what good is a measure. I have not figured out what the uproar is with the illegal people that are in this country. Congress says they are not criminal so I will vote every incombent out because they do not know the word meaning of “illegal” and they should all be sent back because they are fellons!!!!

Posted by donaldduck | Report as abusive

“They are fellons!!!”

Some conservatives want voters to pass a literacy test before they can vote. Think about it. The Tea Party would disappear overnight.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive