Singing frog chides Arizona immigration law opponents
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, SecuretheBorder.org 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)