In what could be one of the surprise events of the campaign, the Administration’s attempt to avoid Operation Fast and Furious was destroyed by Univision, which ran a massive expose on the “gunwalking” fiasco. Bob Owens at PJ Media has the details (h/t Small Dead Animals):
On Sunday night, Spanish-language station Univision— one of the only networks to provide critical coverage of President Obama’s failures in office instead of cream-puff interviews — broke open the Fast and Furious investigation, revealing new evidence of weapons smuggling and displaying shocking new images of the bloody aftermath of the government-supported gun-smuggling program.
The Univision report undermines the integrity of the recently released DOJ inspector general report on Operation Fast and Furious, already heavily criticized as an attempt to whitewash criminal activity within the Obama administration.
The hour-long Univision report revealed the existence of another 57 guns recovered by Mexican authorities, including some of those used in the mass-murder at a party just one year after Obama’s inauguration:
On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez. Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.
Indirectly, the United States government played a role in the massacre by supplying some of the firearms used by the cartel murderers. Three of the high caliber weapons fired that night in Villas de Salvarcar were linked to a gun tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according to a Mexican army document obtained exclusively by Univision News.
These 57 recovered weapons discovered are in addition to the 122 weapons referenced in a congressional report.
Now, the gunwalking scandal has been known among political junkies for a good while now, but Univision is the first network to bring it to the fore since 2010. This is big news for two reasons. The first, not surprisingly, is that it brings the scandal to center stage with five weeks to go until Election Day. The second reason, however, may end up being more important.
Conventional wisdom likes to bleat that President Obama is winning handily over Romney among “Hispanic voters” – a lazy generalization if there ever was one. In fact, Romney is likely winning Cuban-Americans, and is very competitive with Salvadoran-Americans, Nicaraguan-Americans, and Honduran-Americans. The president probably has an advantage among Dominican-Americans and Puerto Ricans (who have been American citizens since the island was wrested from Spain in 1898).
However, all of these groups are dwarfed by Mexican-Americans – the largest group of ethnic Latin Americans in the U.S., and a group that heavily favors the Democrats. Fast and Furious in particular hit Mexico like a body blow (as the quote from Owens shows), and I would be stunned if that doesn’t cause problems for the president in the Mexican-American community.
With the race as tight as it is (Rasmussen has the race at 48-47 as of this morning), anything that hits the president’s base could be a problem for him. For the reasons above, this could be doubly painful.
Cross-posted to Bearing Drift