September 13, 2003
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From: Bob Vandervoort
Somehow, I stumbled upon a copy of this week's Roll Call in the "City of Broad Shoulders." (Cough, cough, OK, Borders had it). There was a great story on the front page on "Heard on the Hill" which I wish I could send you, but Roll Call is pure subscriber. [VDARE.COM note: Boo! We found the story on the Claremont Institute site here!]
Here are some of the highlights:
Heard on the Hill
"Pelosi's Pizza Problem"
A lively debate on immigration during the dog days of August nearly turned into a sort-of food fight as a staffer for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to protest by walking off with a pizza.
Federico DeJesus, who handles Hispanic media outreach for Pelosi, was infuriated by Victor Davis Hanson's presentation at the Aug. 19 event, sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies.
Hanson, author of the book Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, is an outspoken advocate of stopping the flood of illegal immigration from Mexico to California. [BV's note: see my letter in VDARE.COM for what a wet noodle NR's Hanson really is on immigration].
At the end of the speech in the Longworth House Office Building [BV note: where I used to work!], DeJesus stood up to deliver the first question from the audience and launched into a long rant accusing Hanson of penning a "racist" book…
[BV note: now this is just great!]
The controversy was compounded by the fact that Hanson had earlier noted that he is a "classicist," as in classics professor at California State University at Fresno.
'You yourself admitted that you're a 'classist,'" DeJesus shouted, apparently believing that the professor had confessed to being an elitist or some such taboo.
'I thought Pelosi would have had more sensible staff," Mark Krikorian, executive director of the CIS, told HOH. "Some basic democratic civility would have been appropriate."
The fight reached a climax when DeJesus [BV's note: sadly playing to stereotype] stormed away from his seat and decided to grab one of the many boxes of pizza in the back of the room on his way out the door.
"He tried to steal one of our pizzas," charged Krikorian. "One of my guys had to get it back…"
On Mark's behalf, we at VDARE.COM would be happy to assure Sr. DeJesus that he Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.
I must say, though, that I find it difficult to believe Mark would expect any liberal ethnic enforcer to be "sensible." In my observation, they are simply an unmitigated curse upon free debate - and upon America.
The interesting question is how Victor Davis Hanson reacts to this sort of attack, which will become more common if immigration reform gets moving again.
Noodle or not? We'll see.