Yesterday I criticized Fox News’s Eric Bolling and talk show host Glenn Beck for their condemnation of the Coca-Cola ad that featured America the Beautiful being sung in seven languages.
One of the things that made the critical response to the ad so odd is that those who were featured in the ad weren’t illegal immigrants; they were legal immigrants. And still some on the right couldn’t contain their unhappiness. What many of us consider one of America’s great strengths, its immigrant population and ethnic and cultural diversity, makes some conservatives palpably uncomfortable. No wonder the Republican nominee in 2012 lost the non-white vote by 63 points. Maybe the goal is to get it to a 70-point margin.
It is worth pointing out that Mr. Bolling’s The Five colleague Dana Perino made this nice observation: “I would be very happy if every language in the world was singing America the Beautiful, because that means we have people focused on the best country on earth in history.” Greg Gutfeld added that he interpreted the ad “as a compliment to the United States. People know that we’re the best country in the world, which is why people want to come here.”
Which means that at least three of The Five (Bob Beckel being the other) disagreed with Bolling. Call it a welcome sign.