Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer made headlines this week, but I can assure you it was not positive at all. All the buzz that is surrounding her happens to be regarding the disastrous debate performance that she put on this Wednesday against her opponent, Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard. Below is the introduction, which shows that Brewer completely lost her bearings(similar to John McCain in the 2008 presidential election).
Brewer has been thrust into the spotlight because of her decision to sign Arizona’s tough new immigration law(SB 1070). Sadly, she stops at nothing, even lies, to shape the debate regarding the immigration law. She has stated that, “law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded. This false claim was quickly refuted, thank God.
The Arizona Guardians Dennis Welch was one who has called Brewer out on these lies and distortions. In his investigation of the claim, “officials with six counties in the state, including four from other counties that have a border with Mexico say they have never heard of such attacks. Furthermore, many of the officials stated that they have never investigated an immigration related crime in which someone’s head had been cut off.”
The worst part about this is that Brewer has refused to walk back the lies that she has been telling regarding the beheadings, even in the office of evidence that proves this claim is not true. Below is a run-in she had with some reporters after the debate, who were attempting to get answers from her about the beheading claims.
Not surprisingly, Brewer is comfortably ahead in the polls. In the latest Rasmussen poll, she was pulling 57% of voters, compared with 38% for Goddard. Her stance on the immigration bill(which is popular in Arizona) has helped her surge in the polls. Funny thing is, I believe Brewer’s support of the bill was purely political. She was running in a tough Republican primary, and realized that a bill such as HB 1070 would burnish her credentials with hard core conservatives. Looks like the bet paid off.
I see choppy waters ahead for the Obama administration after they have announced they are filing a lawsuit that questions the constitutionality of Arizona’s recently passed immigration bill. In essence, its really a situation that will end negatively either way.
On one hand, it looks as though the administration is taking a position that a majority of Americans disagree with. Soon after the bill was passed there were passions running high on both sides of the issue, but I had the impression that many opposed this bill, Democrats and Republicans alike. Polls have shown otherwise, though.
A recent Gallup poll showed that half of Americans oppose the lawsuit by the administration, and only 33% support it. Also, independents are leaning towards the GOP position on this issue. A Rasmussen poll put out recently showed 56% of Americans opposing the administrations lawsuit, and 61% of Americans who like the idea of their state passing a law similar to Arizona’s. Only 28% of citizens in this poll agreed with the administrations lawsuit.
Thats only one side of the issue. On the other side you have a Hispanic population that has legitimate reasons for being upset with this law they view as discriminatory and over the top. According to a Pew 2008 election exit poll, 67% of Hispanics supported President Obama. They have a right to expect Obama to deliver on a promise of immigration reform, especially due to the fact that their support of him was a huge factor in him winning the election. With that being sad, Obama cannot act without the cooperation of Congress, which seems nearly impossible.
The problem lies with the fact that the prospects of immigration reform passing the Senate are slim to none. Republicans toe a hard line, and are demanding tough border enforcement and no amnesty for illegals in our country. Any bill that addressed those concerns would get very little support from the Democrats, who prefer a more comprehensive approach and granting a path to citizenship for those already here.
Its unfortunate and wrong when people blame President Obama for not passing immigration reform. It is the failure of Congress, and not the President. People must remember that President Bush courageously attempted unsuccessfully to pass immigration reform when he was in office. You have to ask yourself…..If both a Democratic and a Republican President have failed to reform our immigration laws, is a way forward possible??? In all honestly, I think the answer to that is no on the federal level.
I think that what will happen in the near future, is that individual states will take the lead, and either pass tough laws(like Arizona’s), or pass legislation that is more comprehensive, and provides a path to citizenship for those already here. This is a very difficult and heated issue..just the type of issue Congress does not like to take head on. They have no courage, and would rather pass the buck on to the states. So be it.
I think that its great that we have finally passed healthcare reform. With an ultra partisan, and ever toxic culture in Washington, it may seem that Democrats and Republicans working together on legislation may be close to impossible. I disagree, and I will highlight a handful of Republicans that President Obama should be aggressively courting as he hopes to get some movement on financial regulatory reform, cap & trade, and possibly immigration.
Lindsay Graham- We now know John McCain has went off the deep end, and acquired a hyper partisan edge of late, which is why the senator from South Carolina is now the maverick of the Senate. He is working with Democratic senator Chuck Schumer to craft a bipartisan immigration reform bill, and is also teaming up with senator John Kerry to address the climate change issue.
Scott Brown- The freshman Republican senator who pulled off the upset in Massachusetts may end up being a good friend to us the next three years. Though he opposed the healthcare bill, he framed himself during the campaign as a “Scott Brown” Republican, and one that would possibly have an independent streak. This was evident in his decision to join four other Republican senators in supporting the recent jobs bill that Harry Reid came up with.
Olympia Snowe/Susan Collins- The pair of centrist senators from Maine also joined Scott Brown in supporting the jobs bill. Senator Snowe was also the one that cast the deciding vote to bring the healthcare bill out of the finance committee.
Kit Bond/George Voinovich- These two Mdiwest senators are retiring this year, and dont have nearly as much political pressure to tow the Republican lines as some of their colleagues. They both worked together with Democratic senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin to craft an auto bailout. They also both signed the jobs bill.
These senators are the key to Obama passing legislation with at least a respectable number of Republican votes. I believe Rahm Emmanuel is already putting things in place to have a decent enough relationship with these senators to be able to call on them in the future to get some legislation passed.