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Mitt Romney, Meet Melquiades Estrada…

October 3, 2012

Joe Biden may have interred his foot in his mouth yet again with yesterday’s comment about how the middle class has been “buried” for the past four years, but it’s another White House contender—and another burial—that’s the concern of my latest Sundance Channel blog. It’s about Tommy Lee Jones’ 2005 Western The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and why Mitt Romney should watch it. Here’s a teaser…

“When it comes to the issue of immigration, Mitt Romney has two faces. There’s the one he wore at his now-notorious behind-closed-doors fundraiser in Boca Raton, where he “joked” to a roomful of fat cats that“it would be helpful to be Latino.” Then there’s the noticeably browner face he wore to a forum on Spanish-language network Univision, where he spouted meaningless rhetoric about how the answer to illegal immigration is “self-deportation.” He seems so unconcerned with understanding what life is like for Spanish-speaking immigrants (illegal or otherwise) in this country, it’s a milagro he can discuss issues of concern to that community while keeping a straight face.

Maybe Mitt needs to skip the debate and watch The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, airing tonight at 8P on the Sundance Channel. And if you haven’t seen it — or even if you have — you should watch, too. Directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones, the quietly powerful 2005 drama forces viewers to take the life (and death) of a Mexican immigrant seriously…”

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