Eva Longoria has been reading the Constitution ‘to comprehend the Right’

Last year, I made a conscious choice to start going easy on Eva Longoria. Not that I flat-out hated her and not that I have strong feelings about her in any way. Eva has always been sort of an annoyance for me, someone to be ignored whenever possible, mostly because she seems so “LOOK AT ME” on red carpets. But last summer I found out that she had been named one of the national co-chairs for Pres. Obama’s re-election campaign. I’ll admit, that made me see her in a different light. Eva has been a huge Obama supporter for years (she was very active in his first presidential campaign as well), and she’s a major fundraiser for the Democratic Party, and she’s become a vocal (and surprisingly effective) advocate for immigration reform and Hispanic special interests. Of course Obama’s campaign was probably jazzed by the fact that she’s A) Hispanic and B) a woman, two demographics Obama really wanted to “win” (and he succeeded), but I saw Eva give a few political speeches, and she was a very effective spokesperson for Democratic Party politics. Anyway, Obama won re-election and Eva was very happy and she even signed on to be a co-chair for his inauguration too. So that’s how I changed my mind about Eva – I agree with her politically and I admire the way she focused her political energy.

Anyway, Eva covers the new issue of Cosmopolitan Latina, and one of Eva’s quotes really struck me. I thought y’all would want to talk about it:

Longoria on a piece of advice her mother gave her: “My mother gave me one piece of advice that’s always stuck with me. Don’t forget where you came from.”

Longoria on her newest philanthropy project, the Eva Longoria Foundation: “Latinas make up the largest labor pool in this economy. I want to invest directly in their success.”

Longoria on living in her West Hollywood home with girlfriends: “I grew up with three sisters and love a full house. I basically live in a sorority house now.”

Longoria on recently reading up on American democracy: “I’ve been studying the Constitution for myself but also as a way for me, as a Democrat, to comprehend the Right. I think it’s important that people who are politically active understand both sides. One of my biggest pet peeves is speaking out of ignorance.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

Is the Constitution quote weird? Like, is she saying that she’s reading the Constitution to “understand the Right” because the Right claims that they’re more rah-rah-Constitution? Because both parties have issues with the Constitution in various ways, from habeas corpus to freedom of religion to the electoral college to FISA and on and on. But I agree with “I think it’s important that people who are politically active understand both sides.” Know thy enemy! And studying the actual Constitution is always a good thing.

Incidentally, Eva might be back with Eduardo Cruz? They were photographed together a few days ago.

Photos courtesy of Cosmo Latina.

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  1. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    So the American Right fights en masse to protect the Second Amendment, but not the Fourth.

    Insane. Just ridiculous.

    • mystified says:

      Most reasonable people including those on the right are against the TSA’s vioolations of the 4th amendment.

    • jensational says:

      No, Jackie – you have it wrong. We are fighting for ALL of the Bill of Rights, not just the second. At least the true conservatives are. See, when congress (and this includes both the left and the right) and Obama decided to pass NDAA, that was a direct violation of our 4th amendment rights to due process. They have violated many of our rights from the 1st all the way to the 10th and articles in the constitution. The reason conservatives like me are drawing a line in the sand at the 2nd amendment is because that right is the only one that stands in the way of total govt control. Why do you think Russians are telling us to never give up that right, while the Chinese are telling us TO give up that right? The 2nd amendment was written so that We the People could protect ourselves from a tyrannical government, which is what we are seeing right now – from both the left and the right. Studying the entire constitution may open your eyes and get you to realize that that is the law of the land – THE written law that give government very limited power so they don’t get in the way of our freedom and our individual liberty. I can tell you exactly how our rights have been flushed down the toilet if you like and why you should be worried. But if you already know that no “just” government would ever allow 17 trillion in debt, not having a budget, allowing gross negligent spending, printing fiat money that will collapse this nation and all of the wars that we are involved in ILLEGALY, then you know this is the fault of both sides and you should be actively trying to make it stop. Oh, and to arm yourself in the process. Good day, dear. I hope you will study the constitution as well.

    • SRT says:

      The Right certainly doesn’t fight for a woman’s constitutional rights.

    • jensational says:

      Ms. Jackie – the Patriot Act was absolutely horrible, I agree, and I would never defend it. Bush trampled on our constitution just as Obama and this congress has, just not as much. Right now this congress and president are so far away from the constitution, they would be impeached and removed from office had this been 30 yrs ago. The further we get away from the only document that separates this country from the rest of the world, the more we become the rest of the world. I think that is something worth fighting against.

  2. hannah says:

    Good luck with that. Nice effort, but won’t get you very far because there is no logic to what the Right thinks or does.

    • flor says:

      The thing is, they think it does makes sense. And that is the thing that hurst the most. When you have the runner-up insulting women everywhere and saying stupid thing every time he opens his mouth, it is very difficult to understand where they are coming from.

    • Lucinda says:

      While I lean more towards the conservative side, I live in a wildly blue state so conservative is pretty relative. Most red states would find me as blue as they come.

      That said, I find both sides fail to use logic on a regular basis. It only makes sense if you agree with them.

      I respect what Eva has to say about understanding the opponent. I’m glad she takes what she does so seriously.

  3. megs283 says:

    I read that completely differently – I thought she was saying that she reads the Constitution to comprehend “The Right” as in “OUR Rights” – not “right vs. left”

  4. melmel says:

    She hawks fancy feast cat food here in Europe.

  5. Feebee says:

    God love her, she’s really trying. And I’m not being sarcastic. I love that she’s making the effort to understand their POV. It may prove fruitless but if only people were as gracious to at least try. Unfortunately two people can read the same term or sentence and adamantly believe it means two different things.

  6. Sasha says:

    I think by stating she wants to comprehend “The Right” she means that the Right and Left comprehend the Constitution differently. For example, the Right can read it through literal interpretation while the Left may read the Constitution through a “living tree doctrine” where the Constitution is allowed to grow and change along with societal values.

    • Garvels says:

      Exactly. Justice Scalia stated the other day that the Constitution is dead, whereas a Justice Ginsberg believes the constitution to be a living document. Too bad people can’t debate this topic with civility. This is the major difference between the Right and the Left.

      • jensational says:

        Garvels, he didn’t mean it as in dead-dead, he meant it a way that for the last 20 years the congress and presidents have been violating it so much that it has caused us to be living in a post-constitutional society. he didn’t mean it as the document is no longer relevant. Big difference.

      • Issa says:

        He never has said the government is directly killing it. He has made references to Abraham Lincoln destroying it but not the government. When he says its dead, dead, dead in his own words, he means its a document that is morphing depending on the current culture. He is against it of course. He wants to enforce the constitution as is, regardless of the current culture. btw…SCOTUS is part of our government. Does that mean they’re also the destroyers of the Constitution? This is the same man that said the Constitution doesn’t include our rights to privacy.

        Link of him clarifying http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTRe5xDLfXw

  7. Amy says:

    Please don’t start inserting politics into this cite- its been sneaking in more and more I’m noticing. I love this cite and I am a Republican. I do not disparage my people who disagree with me, unlike the commentary and the post here. If you start up on the politics/bashing of those those that disagree with you, I’ll stop reading this cite. Which would be sad because its a guilty pleasure.

  8. MsAubra says:

    Can’t stand this thirsty rat…

  9. Kim says:

    Love your “know thy enemy” statement. Way to be a part of the problem.

  10. judyjudy says:

    It’s odd to me that someone can be a political spokesperson but only recently decide to read the constitution. That’s like a priest saying he decided to read the bible to better understand Jewish folk.

  11. hoya_chick says:

    The Constitution is like the Bible. It can (and is) interpreted in many different ways and depending on what side you lean towards you are probably likely to twist its words to fit your ideology.

    I understand what she means though, sometimes I’ll watch Fox or read the Wall Street journal just to see the slant. I can usually take only a few minutes of each though.

    It is important to be well versed on all sides on of an argument in order to have a civil debate about the issues. I am with her on that, she isn’t much of an actress but I can’t say anything negative about her in this regard.

  12. Holden says:

    LOL picturing Eva Longoria sitting in her “sorority house” reading the constitution with a glass of wine.

  13. Happy21 says:

    I just cannot stand her. Since the beginning of Desperate Housewives she has bothered me. I think it’s the LOOK AT ME way she is. I don’t honestly know why she is still anywhere. Desperate Housewives has been over for a year, does she have something else going on I’m not aware of?

    • Happy21 says:

      Oh and because I remember reading an interview with her when she was talking about how great her skin is and how the make up people on the DH sets were all about how she didn’t need as much make up as the other actresses because he skin was in such amazing shape. I recall thinking that that was such a bitchy thing for her to say.

  14. Meg says:

    I have to agree with Amy like I like to keep my politics separate from my “down time” aka celebrity blogs and the like. I actually gravitated towards this site because it was apolitical.

    Although I am surprised at how Informed the commenters have been up to this point.

    Just some feedback, not that you asked.