Perfecting the immigration two-step
Longtime readers will remember the disgraceful list of Republicans for Janet* during her last gubernatorial campaign. It was heavy with McCain aides and staffers, unwilling to support Republican candidate Len Munsil.
Today we have two more notables to add to the ranks: Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. They call the nomination of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security, “A good fit.”
“She knows border issues. She knows the problems of a state like Arizona, which has to put up with a lot of illegal immigration,” said Kyl, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate’s anti-terrorism subcommittee. “And while that’s only a piece of her job as Homeland Security secretary, we’re not going to have to explain it to her.”
Today’s daily describes McCain as “effusive in his praise” of Democrat Napolitano.
“I think she’s highly qualified, and we as citizens of Arizona are very proud to have a border-state governor and someone with her knowledge and expertise serving in this very, very important and vital position, I think we all know that we face challenges from Islamic extremism throughout the world, and I believe she will do an outstanding job,” McCain said.
Apparently they missed her numerous vetoes of legislation intended to implement border security. Sen. Jon Kyl campaigned as tough on the border but immediately after winning reelection, he joined his senate cohorts, John McCain and Ted Kennedy in attempting to push through the so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, which met strong public opposition and was derailed.
*Although the site has been taken down since it embarrassed some GOP candidates for office who had signed on, the names remain available at AZ Conservative, where Dennis Durband thoughtfully copied and retained the list.