(The Hill) Asked on Fox News if he feels bad when his Senate colleagues lose, McCain said, “Yes, and if I may say so, I’ve grown to have the greatest respect and affection for my friend, Russ Feingold. He’s an honest man, a man of great integrity, and I’ve grown to appreciate him more than ever. And it looks like he might be a casualty tomorrow.”
While flawed, J.D. Hayworth would have been better than McCain, the politically expedient, pseudo-conservative.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is rapidly becoming a disgrace. It is becoming clear that he lacks personal responsibility and accountability.
McCain recently gave an interview to Politics Daily in which he blames the media for the perception that he has changed his position on immigration. (He has changed it, by the way, but not sincerely. It’s designed solely to get re-elected and then he’ll return to the state-controlled media darling that he is.)
“I have not changed in my positions. I know how popular it is for the Eastern press to paint me as having changed positions. That’s not true. I know they’re going to continue to say it. It’s fundamentally false. Not only am I sure that they’ll say it, you’ll say it. You’ll write it. And I’ve just grown to accept that.”
I’m not one to usually side with the media, but they shouldn’t be blamed here. McCain has changed (insincerely and temporarily) positions. It’s an example of his political expediency.
This isn’t the first time McCain refuses to take responsibility for his actions. Earlier this year he tried to blame his vote in support of TARP on being misled by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson (whom I’m no fan of, but come on John, take responsibility for your decisions, votes, and positions).
We have known for quite some time that John McCain isn’t a conservative, but we are now discovering that he has little or no personal responsibility, as well.
National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has a great post today over at The Corner demonstrating Clinton-appointed Judge Susan Bolton’s specious argument — based on a misapplication of case law — for blocking Arizona’s new immigration law.
There are three key flaws in Judge (so-called) Bolton’s decision:
In essence, Judge Susan Bolton bought the Justice Department’s preemption argument — i.e., the claim that the federal government has broad and exclusive authority to regulate immigration, and therefore that any state measure that is inconsistent with federal law is invalid. The Arizona law is completely consistent with federal law. The judge, however, twisted the concept of federal law into federal enforcement practices (or, as it happens, lack thereof). In effect, the court is saying that if the feds refuse to enforce the law the states can’t do it either because doing so would transgress the federal policy of non-enforcement … which is nuts.
The judge also employs a cute bit of sleight-of-hand. She repeatedly invokes a 1941 case, Hines v. Davidowitz, in which the Supreme Court struck down a state alien-registration statute. In Hines, the high court reasoned that the federal government had traditionally followed a policy of not treating aliens as “a thing apart,” and that Congress had therefore “manifested a purpose … to protect the liberties of law-abiding aliens through one uniform national system” that would not unduly subject them to “inquisitorial practices and police surveillance.” But the Arizona law is not directed at law-abiding aliens in order to identify them as foreigners and subject them, on that basis, to police attention. It is directed at arrested aliens who are in custody because they have violated the law. And it is not requiring them to register with the state; it is requiring proof that they have properly registered with the federal government — something a sensible federal government would want to encourage.
Judge Bolton proceeds from this misapplication of Hines to the absurd conclusion that Arizona can’t ask the federal government for verification of the immigration status of arrestees — even though federal law prohibits the said arrestees from being in the country unless they have legal status — because that would tremendously burden the feds, which in turn would make the arrestees wait while their status is being checked, which would result in the alien arrestees being treated like “a thing apart.”The ruling ignores that, in the much later case of Plyler v. Doe (1982), the Supreme Court has emphasized that:
Although the State has no direct interest in controlling entry into this country, that interest being one reserved by the Constitution to the Federal Government, unchecked unlawful migration might impair the State’s economy generally, or the State’s ability to provide some important service. Despite the exclusive federal control of this Nation’s borders, we cannot conclude that the States are without power to deter the influx of persons entering the United States against federal law, and whose numbers might have a discernible impact on traditional state concerns. [Emphasis added.]
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has already filed an expedited appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (the most liberal and, ipso facto, the most overturned appellate court). So don’t be optimistic about this decision getting overturned. Because it won’t–at least not by the Ninth Circus. But then Arizona will appeal to and petition the Supreme Court to take the case. It will because of the case’s national importance . And I believe Arizona will prevail by a 5-4 decision, paving the way for any of the other 49 states to enact replicate legislation.
From the editors of National Review:
Third, Hayworth is, to say the least, not obviously a more exemplary statesman than McCain. On one of the most pressing issues of the day — the need to control federal spending — McCain has had the better record. That Hayworth appeared in infomercials to tell people how to get “free money” from the government underscores the point rather emphatically.
If McCain had a different challenger, we might think differently. But, taken together, these considerations move us to suggest that Arizona Republicans nominate SenatorMcCain. If ever we needed legislators who favor a resolute foreign policy and budget restraint, that time is now.
I will certainly not defend J.D. Hayworth’s appearance in an infomercial educating people on how to get “free money” from the government. But to argue that John McCain is far more fiscally conservative–when he voted for T.A.R.P.(which he failed to take responsibility for)!–is ludicrous.
National Review: What a bastion of a conservatism!
“The Architect,” former President Bush strategist Karl Rove doesn’t support Arizona’s new immigration law:
“I wished they hadn’t passed it. I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill….At the end of the day, I think there are better tools.”
Well of course Rove doesn’t support the law! It’s completely antithetical to the so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” he ardently advocated vicariously through President Bush and Senators McCain and Kennedy.
Don’t believe anyone when they tell you that we can’t deport most of the 12-20 mil. illegals in this country.
If you remove the incentives to be here illegally and then replace them with disincentives and severe penalties, this is what happens:
Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by.
Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.
“Nobody wants to pick us up,” Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.
Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.
If we had a federal law that mirrored this new Arizona law, illegals would deport themselves because there would no longer be incentives to be here illegally.
The current crop of GOP “leadership” might just be some of the most equivocating, cowardly politicians we have seen in America. Even with poll after poll showing that a significant majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed, the GOP so-called leadership is still unsure if it show encourage candidates to campaign this fall on a full repeal.
Now several GOP leaders are equivocating on Arizona’s new immigration law. Check some of these statements out:
“I am sympathetic to the problem and the challenge the people of Arizona and their elected leaders face with this issue…there is an absence of direction at the federal level on this,” said Thune (John Thune), a South Dakota Republican who is viewed as a possible presidential contender in 2012.
“I think the federal government needs to step up, that’s why I support a comprehensive approach,” Cornyn said, but only if President Barack Obama invests some political capital—and so far “I haven’t seen any investment whatsoever other than just lip service,” he said. (My emphasis)
Take a stand! Either you support it or you don’t. How hard is that?
Hey Republican leadership, there is something called courage. Get some!
Mexicans in Arizona should carry documentation and “act carefully” after the state passed a law requiring local police to determine the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said.
“There is an adverse political environment for migrant communities and all Mexican visitors,” Mexico’s ministry said. “It’s important to act carefully and respect the local laws.”
The Mexican Foreign Ministry has it wrong. There isn’t an adverse political climate for migrant communities. There is a justifiably adverse political climate for illegal migrants.
If the Mexican government truly cared about the safety of its citizens, it would be more concerned with combating the widespread drug war going on down there than with American immigration policy.
To the Mexican government: shut up and get your own country in order before criticizing ours!