Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
A columnist imagines a California gubernatorial recall debate. From the LA Times, 9/21/03:
Rehearsed Lines Are for Movies, Not Debates
Politics is nothing if not performance art. But this could have been masterpiece theater, starring a world-famous action hero in a one-man show on the death of parody.
I prayed to the Virgin Mary to make it happen, but the other candidates are backing off their boycott vow. It was probably never more than a publicity stunt, anyway. They knew they'd end up on the street outside the debate hall, telling their story of high principles to two reporters, a bag lady and a sleeping dog, while Arnold, in full makeup, grabbed the spotlight.
And speaking of principle, do you get the feeling Cruz Bustamante — whose campaign guru has been a lobbyist for labor unions and Indian tribes — would do a rain dance on the Capitol steps if there were another nickel of casino money in it?
The unscripted question I'd like to see him answer is this: Would you mind explaining, Big Chief BustaMoney, how you're an improvement over Gray Davis?
Rain dances and the big chief are common stereotypes. Steve Lopez is prejudiced against Indians, as his columns prove.
The critics of Indian gaming—and why they're wrong
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