Goldwater Institute, AZ Republic: A match made in heaven?

In what would appear to be a case of the strangest of bedfellows, the Libertarian Goldwater Institute has found soul mates at the Arizona Republic. In a recent edition the daily lovingly gushes over GI’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation and its chief litigator, Clint Bolick, in this article titled, Goldwater Institute blazing a conservative legal trail.

In case it escaped notice, the newspaper is not inclined to wax poetic over anything conservative, including legal trails.

We’ve written about the alliance previously. The two find common ground in their propensities for skewering Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The newspaper has made an avocation of the spew, rarely missing a day in which they attempt to sucker-punch him.

Much to their dismay, his popularity remains stellar.

Now they are aided in their quest to take Arpaio down by the Goldwater Institute in general, and Clint Bolick, in particular. Bolick has relentlessly hammered Sheriff Arpaio over minutiae — both in opinion pieces in the daily newspaper and in two lengthy GI Reports, in an apparent effort to ingratiate himself and Goldwater Institute with the generous open borders crowd donors.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the inter-connective threads, read this from last December. Once again, you’ll see all roads lead to John McCain. Given that link, the Republic can’t laud Bolick enough.

Back in 2007, Bolick wrote this opinion piece for the daily. It opened with these cautionary words: Anti-immigration conservatives are subjecting U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain to blistering attacks over their pivotal role in the comprehensive immigration bill currently on life support in Congress. But if they get their way and the bill dies, so too may Republican electoral prospects for the foreseeable future.

In those two sentences, Bolick attempted to relay the bogus impression that those who abhor an illegal invasion of the United States, while supporting legal immigration, are “anti-immigration conservatives.” He gives cover to McCain and Kyl and warns that Republicans are doomed unless condoning, accepting and embracing lawlessness.

Bolick’s wife, Shawnna, is currently running for the legislature in District 11. (Click fundraising invitation to enlarge.)

9 Responses to Goldwater Institute, AZ Republic: A match made in heaven?

  1. Calypso says:

    This sounds more than a bit suspicious to me. If the Libertarian Goldwater Institute leans “conservative,” the constant bashing of Republican Sheriff Arpaio obviously takes root with their open borders bent. From the host committee listed on Shawnna Bolick’s invitation, it looks like that is her donor pool. And Jeff Flake, another amnesty guy, once headed the institute. No surprises here.

  2. John Q says:

    Liberals in both parties seem to always have a long range plan for their political careers. I can’t help but wonder if Clint has sucked up to the high money elitists who support and make lots of money off the illegal immigration issue. The fact is that those people are major funding sources for wifey Shawna. Who’da guessed it?

  3. Blackbeard says:

    Bolick’s wife has got a chunk of LeVecke family giving her cash along with other high dollar contributors and the lobbyist for the home builders — the guys who like to hire illegals and undercut American worker’s salaries, since it’s more profitable.

    Clint Bolick is a man with an agenda. Just don’t be conned into thinking it’s right of center. In the linked article he threatened Republicans that unless they cave in to McCain and Kyl’s amnesty trickery, the party will shrivel up and die. That’s hardly the case, as Republicans are winning races in long held Dem territory, such as Scott Brown winning the seat Ted Kennedy held for nearly 50 years!

  4. Pima Pal says:

    The Bolicks concern me more than just a bit. If I lived in District 11 I’d make it a point to check out all the candidates very carefully. Glad I live down here in la-la land. At least its clear what our choices are. I don’t like them, but I’m not flying blind.

  5. Seen It All says:

    This should have been titled “The Bolick’s Attempt at Power Grabbing.”

  6. Realist says:

    Although some might feel shock — this should come as no surprise. Thanks to the ilk of Bolick, the Goldwater Institute is rapidly losing ALL its credibility with Conservatives.

  7. Alice says:

    Thanks SEEINGRED. I was not aware of the 2007 Bolick piece. I am not surprised, but I was not aware of it. It just solidifies my beliefs about the Goldwater Institute. Who isn’t corrupted by their associations with McCain and Kyl?

  8. VoiceInTheWild says:

    So what do you think it will be like when Bolick’s wife becomes State Rep and then the GI has a direct mouthpiece on the floor of the state house? Perhaps she wangles the vote to become the next speaker and displace Kirk Adams?

  9. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Clint and Shawnna Bolick are anything but benign agents. They are working on dual fronts to effect major change, by which I mean angling a sharp left turn for the AZ Republican party. They intend to operate from two highly placed positions to assist the establishment types the rest of us are on to and trying to defeat. We’ve had enough, but they want to ensure we get double doses of the same old Mcliberalism.