by Donald Douglas | June 18, 2010 5:15 pm
At Fox News, “Obama Administration Planning to File Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law,” and Hot Air, “Breaking: WH Will Sue Arizona Over SB1070.”
This should be a battle to warm conservative hearts. You’ve got Governor Jan Brewer standing on principle to secure the southern border. She’s got roughly two-thirds of Arizona voters backing her, and probably that nationwide. One the other hand, we’ve got the hardline leftist base of the Democratic Party hammering the Obama administration on “comprehensive reform” (amnesty). And lord knows we’re talking about more than a few elderly precinct workers in Pasadena and Poughkeepsie. But also important is the controversy’s shaping up as an epic battle over federal-state relations. And this is where various conservatives should be able to join together. In the tea party era is hard not to be for more limited government if you’re a Republican. While folks might differ on economic vs. social issues, on immigration most factions can rally under the banner of devolution of governmental power to state and local officials. I imagine it’s only the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal, and perhaps a few of the folks at Cato or Reason, who oppose making a stand with Arizona on this one. But if you watch the way Sarah Palin’s playing it, I think you’ll have a good feel for which way the wind’s blowing as far as the November elections go.
At the viddy, Gov. Brewer on Greta’s last night. Some good stuff:
RELATED: “Meg Whitman, ‘100 Percent Opposed to Amnesty’, Launches Spanish-Language Ad Blitz in California.”
Cross-posted from American Power.
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