Thick-headed attempt at humor aside, for some reason, the ILGOP decided to reveal to the world that they were too lazy or incompetent to figure out where to send the “gift” to Mendoza — on election night, where her location was broadcast on all the TV channels.
I get why the ILGOP would want to get back at Mendoza over the Munger jab, but the original tweet was terribly executed. You have to realize that most people wouldn’t get the reference. Poor attempt at a joke, do better.
- Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Feb 27, 19 @ 10:09 am:
Yes the original Mendoza stunt was cheap and unbecoming, but it was also forgotten by the public. Because of that, the tweet standing by itself looks pretty darn racist. Better to leave it alone or if you must, jab back privately.
Not sure what it says that I’m only at my best exhausted after a 16-hour day of election judging… but maybe that’s my brand.
btw -all you Chicago-based commenters should really do the election judging thing. It’s an insane blast (emphasis on the insane), they need folks, and some of the folks they have… not so good. Really, it’s fun.
The judges at my polling place are uniformly efficient and nice.
But then there are folks like the one in Humboldt Park, who, according to the Trib, “reportedly engaged in electioneering for an unnamed aldermanic candidate and then had two associates threaten other workers at a 26th Ward polling place.”
- Henry Francis - Wednesday, Feb 27, 19 @ 10:46 am:
This has nothing to do about promoting the ILGOP or one of its candidates.
Does Leslie Munger have influence at the ILGOP? Or was this just a petty personal shot taken for the sake of taking a petty personal shot?
===btw -all you Chicago-based commenters should really do the election judging thing. It’s an insane blast (emphasis on the insane), they need folks, and some of the folks they have… not so good. Really, it’s fun.===
The Illinois GOP should just quit as an organization. There isn’t a need for that anymore in Illinois. The people have spoken, and one party rule shall reign supreme.
- The Big Salad - Wednesday, Feb 27, 19 @ 11:04 am:
==Look, I get why you need to pretend that literally using chips and guac in an attack on a Latina candidate didn’t happen, but it did, and it was racist, so live with it.==
So there are people out there who are really digging in on this, huh? A completely non-racial joke (Mendoza’s original petty stunt) becomes not only racial but racist when it is turned back around in nearly identical form. Forget double dipping, talk about doubling down. Can’t even imagine the tedium of viewing everything this way.
===Can’t even imagine the tedium of viewing everything this way===
Not everything, just this. But triple down. Congrats.
- The Big Salad - Wednesday, Feb 27, 19 @ 11:15 am:
==Not everything, just this. But triple down. Congrats.==
I found the tweet and explanation as lame as anyone. I want to know how anyone can credibly go around claiming racism here, and everyone, including you, just accepts it as middle-of-the-road commentary.
To a degree I kind of agree with Salad. The ILGOP attempted to return the same jab that Mendoza did, she said and sent guacamole and chips. Their big mistake was assuming people would remember the backstory, which was dumb. It came off racist. I don’t think that was the intention when accounting for the history, but this misstep could have and should have been easily avoided by including the background in the original tweet.
–I also do not understand how anyone can credibly allege racism here, given the history.–
The given “history” includes that of the contemporary GOP. The rationale provided after-the-fact was more than four-year-old inside baseball trivia.
The ILGOP…. they’re not sending their best people.
- Chicago_Downstater - Wednesday, Feb 27, 19 @ 12:32 pm:
@Anon225 & @BigSalad
Ok, I’m trying to understand what you’re saying. Thus far from what I’m reading you’re basically saying that folks shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that things that look racist are racist. Is that correct?
If that is correct, then you’re asking that the onus be on the audience to give the joke teller the benefit of the doubt. That hardly seems fair to me–even leaving out a lot of present and historical context.
On the other hand, when I criticize this joke, I’m asking that the onus be on the joke teller to think through what they’re planning on saying before saying it. And if they don’t think through it enough, then I’m asking that they apologize. They can still give their excuses (that I’m allowed to judge for legitimacy), but they need to own up to how it came out.
- Lost in Chicago - Wednesday, Feb 27, 19 @ 12:36 pm:
The explained their tweet well over an hour after the original tweet, and even then, only after someone replied back saying they need to and provided the link to the article.
Absolutely. ILGOP mocked a latina candidate with Mexican food. That’s racist. It doesn’t matter that it was in reference to a previous racist attack. When you’re in public life, your actions define themselves. Your intent is irrelevant.
- The Big Salad - Wednesday, Feb 27, 19 @ 2:16 pm:
==It doesn’t matter that it was in reference to a previous racist attack.==
I have linked the original attack ad by Leslie Munger. The double dipping was a valid criticism using tortilla chips, guac, and salsa to make that point when referencing a Latina candidate is racist. As someone else mentioned they could have used potato chips and onion dip to stay with the Seinfeld reference.
I’m a downstate republican. Comments like this are insensitive, heads need to roll at the state GOP organization, starting with Schneider.
I feel sorry for Bill Brady and Jim Durkin and their causes trying to legislate meaningful legislation in the face of this type garbage.