National Review’s The Corner runs an insightful commentary on the ruling made yesterday by Judge Susan Bolton that gutted key provisions of SB 1070. Heather MacDonald’s “What Judge Bolton’s Injunction Doesn’t Say” is a must read. To whet your appetite for the entire article, we provide this cogent first paragraph:
In enjoining Arizona’s landmark immigration law, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton maintains the Obama administration’s carefully cultivated fiction: that what concerns the White House regarding SB 1070 is its effect on legal, rather than illegal, aliens. Almost nowhere in the government’s briefs or the judge’s ruling is the arrest and detention of illegal aliens addressed. This fiction is transparent, however. The real threat posed by SB 1070 was that it would disrupt the de facto amnesty that the executive branch has accorded to the vast majority of illegal aliens. It would start to implement congressional mandates and the public will that the immigration laws be enforced. For that reason, it had to be stopped.
The entire piece can be read here. It’s about as good as it gets.
Conversely, the Arizona Republic displayed a five-inch high headline banner on it’s front page declaring in bold caps JUDGE BLOCKS HEART OF LAW and cheering coverage, which includes an oversized, above-the-fold photo of Hispanic celebrants singing, accompanied by numerous slanted articles, columnist’s zingers and an editorial in which they call Arizona’s new law “misguided” and citing it as the heart of an “international drama.” The newspaper heaps praise on Obama and his Justice Department’s lawsuit against our state as it derides Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the bill into law and has vigorously defended it. Brewer declares she is prepared to move forward, vowing to “battle all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.”
Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, upon whose shoulders this debacle squarely rests following years of inaction or outright caving to demands of illegals and their supports, are now cloaked in a phony disguise of utter outrage and promises of a remedy.
Don’t believe them.
Their urgency is propelled by the fact that early ballots are being mailed today and the laissez-faire John McCain is being challenged by conservative J.D. Hayworth, an actual border security proponent.
Kyl pushed for the former Democrat-slickly-turned-Independent Judge Bolton’s appointment to the federal bench and Bill Clinton was all too happy to comply. Such actions, which define both Arizona senators are the hallmark of Washington aisle-crossing that neuter Republicans not just here at home, but across the nation.
It’s time for a change. Send the duplicitous John McCain packing. Mark your ballot for J.D. Hayworth.