May 28, 2016

NPR quotes Hispanic lawmakers saying Hillary Clinton needs to pick a VP with "sizzle."

With "sizzle" apparently meaning Hispanic.

I found that embarrassing. I know I'm perceiving and expressing that from my identity as a member of a non-sizzling ethnic group, but why is that kind of talk not considered unacceptable ethnic stereotyping?

The 2 lawmakers, both from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, both talked about "sizzle" and the only specific person they were referring to was Labor Secretary Tom Perez. This guy:



Nothing against the man, but there's no reason to look at him and think of "A hissing sound, esp. one produced by the action of frying or roasting; also, broiling heat." (That's the OED definition of "sizzle.")

55 comments:

David Begley said...

I have seen him on TV a number of times.

Flat. Like a tortilla.

AprilApple said...

She needs a corruption vacuum.

Wait - can the entire hack media run as her VP?

Or? Clinton-Gruber 2016. Perfect. Universal.

Psota said...

Are these guys being self-racist against themselves?

Hagar said...

Tom Perez causes considerable "sizzle" among those of a less left-wing bent.

hiawatha biscayne said...

the problem, evidently, is that those she might be considering don't have enough vowels in their last names.

Ambrose said...

Yeah, they need a real hot tamale on the ticket.

Original Mike said...

Especially is she wants to win the whole enchilada.

Curious George said...

More like the Frito Bandito.

Lars said...

He's frying the economy with his new FLSA overtime rules.

Phil 3:14 said...

I read it more as "the person at the top of the ticket doesn't sizzle

PB said...

Just like Hillary. Needs a man's coattails to ride.

Perez has plenty of baggage.

retail lawyer said...

Carlos Danger has the sizzle and needs a job.

madAsHell said...

The thinking is.....She's not picking her VP. She's picking her replacement when the indictment comes in.
That's a long way from picking an impeachment insurance policy like Joe Biden.

Paddy O said...

Sizzle means a progressive generally light-skinned Hispanic, so it's not just a cultural thing, but it is generally racist.

Eustace Chilke said...

You've apparently taken in the correct doctrine since you recognize that you do not occupy any intersection that includes persons of sizzle. Yet your response is non compliant. If you were a proper sizzle ally you would know that your only constructive option in this, or any situation where people of sizzle are speaking of their experience as sizzlers in a non sizzle world, is to shut up. They have heard enough from you. Only your silence leaves room for the sizzle to be heard. Check your privilege, Althouse, and shut up.

Triangle Man said...

But does he go "tsssssssss"? That's what matters.

Laslo Spatula said...

"Vice President Antonio Banderas, what is your position on women's issues?"

"I like all of the positions, my friend. It is -- how you say? -- sexy sexy."

"Sir, I mean on issues like women's health?"

"I like the healthy woman. Salma Hayek, there was a healthy woman. Very healthy in all the right places, do you know what I am saying?"

"Sir, do you believe women deserve equal pay?"

"The best pay you can give a woman is to pay her a compliment. "You look the sexy sexy" -- like that."

"Sir, I'm not sure you are understanding the meanings of my questions..."

"You ask me about the woman, right? I love me the Woman. The smell of their hair, the curves of their body. What's not to like?"

"Maybe we should move on. Where do you stand on transgender issues?"

"You mean like when the man dresses like the woman, with the boobies? I am not into that, my friend, but I say Live and Let Live."

"There are some who say you shouldn't even be Vice President, due to you not being born a citizen of the United States. How do you respond?"

"Oh, the women who voted for me: it does not matter to them, right? They know a little Latin sizzle is good for the Country. I love all the women of this country, and wish only that I could give them all a little personal Banderas-time -- like, right up next to them, where I can nuzzle their neck and smell their hair. American women, they are big on the clean hair, not like the French. I once loved a French woman, but her hair smelled of smoke and oysters. Alas, it was not to be."

"What about --"

"Ahhh, but Swedish women, they live in the cold but their skin is warm, do you know what I am saying? I once made sweet sweet sexy to a Swedish girl on a bear-skin rug in front of a roaring fire. Memories are good, no?"

"Final question: what would you say to the people who say you are simply unqualified to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency?"

"I would tell them that they need to be open to the Banderas. The Banderas, he will treat you just fine..."


I am Laslo.

John said...

Reminds me of Smiling Bob the Enzyte guy. Bob is showing his age.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghrWz7cVXv8&list=PLfE0dhXHdhbLzTBYXmnc7rAQsJcNYTL7H

Think of the fun Trump could have with playing spoof Enzyte commercials.


John Henry

Fernandinande said...

Perhaps "vibrant" is passé.

John said...

I see he is also of Dominican background. (Dominican Republic) Many Puerto Ricans and Cuban-Americans would NEVER vote for a Dominican. Lots of bad blood. I don't know about Mexican-Americans.

The dems make the mistake of thinking there are "hispanics" and that everyone that speaks Spanish is the same with the same cultural background, hangups, ambitions and so on.

They aren't. There are at least 3 major hispanic groups in the US. All different, all with some suspicion of the other 2.

Diogenes of Sinope said...

Prejudice, racism, sterotyping and sexism are all perfectly acceptable to the Left as long as the expressions fit the Lefts' meme. In fact, Liberals use prejudice against,stereotyping of and racism of their enemies as political tools.

Humperdink said...

So gravitas is out and sizzle in?

Does this mean the exclamation point in Hillary! was a dud?

OTOH, Bill could bring some sizzle if he continues to co-pilot the Lolita express.


Chuck said...

I actually feel sorry, for non-readers of the Wall Street Journal. Who may not know anything about Perez's tenure as a Justice Department attorney, his left-wing connections in a surprisingly brief, ambitious, social-climbing political career, and the legal wreckage he has strewn as Labor Secretary.

I don't mean to create a notion of the Journal as the only news source, of course. But where else has anybody gotten any honest reporting about Perez's tenure at the Department of Labor?

If you're not a labor lawyer, that is?

Rusty said...

Hillary Clinton needs to pick some lawyers.

Bob Boyd said...

Sizzling. Yes.
They are absolutely right. It is vital Hillary pick a running mate who is like a Southwest Burger at Denny's.
Someone tangy.
Somebody with zip.

Vice President Pepper Jack.

mockturtle said...

I just fried a pan of bacon but I wouldn't want it on the ticket.

Fernandinande said...

I suggest Billary select Pixee Fox as her running mate. She's had an almost "Hispanic" butt lift (Portuguese rather than Spanish) and would distract attention from Billary.

Fabi said...

Perez is a true believer. That's not a compliment.

Humperdink said...

Didn't the current first lady outlaw sizzle? Walk by the White House kitchen and all you hear is veggies being sliced and diced.

Michael K said...

He makes a nice Himmler for her.

"Perez's nomination was criticized by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS),[116] as well as the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal,[117] for his decision not to intervene in a whistleblower case against Saint Paul, Minnesota, in return for the city dropping a case before the Supreme Court (Magner v. Gallagher), which could have undermined the disparate impact theory of discrimination."

POwerline has written more about his trading money for power.

Also, I can't find a link to his quote about how Rome enforced rules by killing an entire town so the others would be intimidated.

They are a perfect pair.

Bob Boyd said...

HILLARY TAKES SUPPORTERS ON A SIZZLING TRIP ACROSS AMERICA
New VP short list features hot, wholesome candidates bursting with tasty regional flavors!

coupe said...

Somebody needs to tell the Mexican immigrants that their candidate is already sizzling with the FBI ready to charge her with multiple felonies.

I got your sizzle for you, Pedro!

Gahrie said...

but why is that kind of talk not considered unacceptable ethnic stereotyping?

Because it is perceived to be positive, and positive stereotypes about identity groups are fine, as long as they aren't straight, White, men.

Gahrie said...

The buzz I've been hearing for months is that she is going to pick one of the Castro brothers....or Cory Booker

PB said...

The sizzle I want is her rotting in jail.

Amadeus 48 said...

His sizzle consists of being one of the most red-hot, butt-in, rule from the top lefties in an administration full of them. With Tom Perez, the fix is always in.

Brando said...

Au contraire! I look at that man and think if I add him to a bowl of chile Es muy caliente!

A friend of mine bet that Hillary picks Liz Warren, I bet she picks Cory Booker.

MadisonMan said...

Rusty at 9:27: LOL.

Presidential candidates should not pick VPs that will outshine them. This is a real problem for Hillary.

Paco Wové said...

"Does this mean the exclamation point in Hillary! was a dud?"

Time to double-down with ¡Hillary!.

Speaking of doubling down, NPR has really gone whole hog with the racial-ethnic balkanization hatin' on whitey in the last year or so.

dreams said...

Hillary's pick of a VP will be as meaningful as it was for Ted Cruz. Hillary is a loser.

Howard said...

This would be a big mistake for Hillary by playing right into Trump's wheelhouse.

Bill said...

You're so right, Paco. NPR - namely, the NPR affiliate I listen to here in L.A. - is all about race.

walter said...

For the racial connotation you suspect, I think "Spicy" would be more apt.
But if the problem is "fizzle", rhyme might naturally lead to "sizzle" as the antonym.
But this guy? Looks like one of those White Hispanics to me.

mikee said...

NPR has had a series of racist, sexist and elitist "tells" in its reporting recently, wherein one could deduce that the reporters really were racist, sexist and elitist.

But then again, this is NPR we are talking about, where all women are feminist, all men are goddamn pigs, and the children are about to decide what sex they want to be. Or else.

mockturtle said...

And NPR would close up shop before including a conservative woman or black or even to acknowledge their existence! And the blacks had better sound like Step'n Fetchit so their radio audience will know they are black.

shiloh said...

Winning vp picks:

Nixon '52/'56
LBJ '60
Humphrey '64
Agnew '68/'72
Mondale '76
Bush41 '80/'84
Quayle '88
Gore '92/'96
Cheney '00/'04
Biden '08/'12

Indeed, lots of sizzle will put you over the top, vp's having very little affect on the ticket notwithstanding. LBJ in '60 being an exception and it wasn't because of sizzle!

Have these fools who write this gobbledygook/nonsense every (4) years been payin' attention the past 66+ presidential years? Rhetorical.

As always, you want someone who does no harm, period end of story.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Sizzlin' like fajita meat!

Michael K said...

"I bet she picks Cory Booker."

I agree if she is the nominee. I had breakfast with my left wing daughter this morning. She is done with Hillary but "I won't vote for Trump."

It's still early in the campaign. Hillary is toast.

Achilles said...

Hillary needs to pick someone who will not have any second thoughts about pardoning her when she resigns.

If she doesn't just skip that and pardon herself.

Of course neither of these will happen. If Hillary is the nominee she loses 50 states to a cornfed monkey, and Trump is showing more political talent than any candidate since Lincoln. It doesn't matter who she nominates. Bernie will go 3rd party and the democrat party ceases to be a political power.

walter said...

"Cornfed monkey"? Must be referring to his Iowa ethanol pander.

Jim Sweeney said...

He could use a razor or, at least, learn what it's for. Goofy looking sizzler really.

wildswan said...

You sell the sizzle not the steak. Apparently Hillary is steam-table mystery-meat and they are trying to brighten up these left-overs with red-hot chile peppers. Red, anyhow.

narciso said...

yes, he's a strange zampolit, persecutor of cops,

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-will-win-the-us-presidency-by-a-landslide-dont-underestimate-him-yet-again-a7051686.html

narciso said...

this is why red queen wants him as running mate,

https://pjmedia.com/blog/every-single-one-the-politicized-hiring-of-eric-holder%E2%80%99s-employment-section/

Comanche Voter said...

Is that "sizzle" or "salsa" that Hillary needs in a VP?

It could be green salsa--both environmentally sound and my favorite salsa at my local Mexican restaurant. Hillary of course would be the big enchilada in the White House. Have to keep Bill away from chippies and dip though.