Update: A while back we advised, “Stay Focused Mittens!” Let Romney supporters engage against major and minor distractions that Obama is throwing, like spaghetti, on the wall to see what sticks. But Romney should stay focused.
As we wrote below, thus far Romney is focused and remains focused on the economy. That is exactly the right thing to do. But some like Byron York are not happy at Romney’s responses today. The most said by Romney on the Arizona case: I wish the Court would let states have more latitude on immigration.
Byron York wants more: “On Monday, Mitt Romney had the perfect opportunity to align himself with the conservative — and popular — side of the question, and declined to take it.”
York is right that the popular side of the argument is with Arizona lawmakers. But if Romney lets Obama leash him to this distraction like a blind dog Romney will then have his leash yanked at every distraction and then Obama will eat him. Stay focused Mittens!
A lot of people did not know, still don’t know, what to make of today’s Supreme Court decision. We Hermione Jean Granger‘s (and oddly enough Mitt Romney) have our waving hands up in the air whispering “ooh, ooh, I know, I know.”
Big Media in particular was divided on what to say about the Arizona decision. MSNBC went with “High Court Strikes Down Key Parts of Ariz. Immigration Law.” The Hill headlined “Supreme Court Gives Split Verdict On Arizona Immigration Law.” CNN hit with “Blow To Immigration Law.” The New York Times declared “Justices Uphold Key Part Of Arizona Law.” DailyCaller wrote “‘Show Me Your Papers’ Upheld.” Fox News had “Supreme Court Reins In Arizona On Immigration.” Huffington Post wrote “AZ Immigration Law ‘Gutted’.” National Journal said “High Court Upholds ‘Show Me Your Papers’.” “Court Upholds Key Part Of Arizona Law” was The Wall Street Journal‘s take. “Court Rejects Part Of Arizona Immigration Law” stated the Washington Post. Politico’s headline was “SCOTUS Clears Key Part Of Ariz. Immigration Law.” David Gergen admitted “I’m not sure what to make of it at this point.”
The Professor thinks the key part is the Court upholding the key part of the law. SCOTUSblog thinks the entire law is gone, if not now, eventually.
We agree with all of the, on their face contradictory, headlines.
Politico’s Josh Gerstein had this to say in his assessment of today’s ruling:
“The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a constitutional challenge to a central provision of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law, clearing the path for similar legislation to take effect in other states and potentially angering Latinos in a way that could give President Barack Obama an added boost from Hispanic voters in November.
That provision, requiring police to conduct immigration checks on individuals they arrest or merely stop for questioning whom they suspect are in the U.S. illegally, does not appear to violate the Constitution by intruding on the federal government’s powers to control immigration, the court said.
All eight justices who ruled on the case voted to allow the mandatory immigration-check requirement to go into effect. They split on three other disputed provisions of the law, with a majority of the justices ruling that each of those parts of the law could not be enforced because they intruded improperly into a policy sphere reserved to the federal government. Justice Elena Kagan did not participate in the ruling.
The justices said further legal challenges to the mandatory immigration check provision can go forward after that part of the law takes effect.”
Gerstein is correct that all the voting Justices unanimously ruled that the laws’ main pillar, immigration checks, do not intrude on federal power and that there will be lawsuits the moment Arizona performs the first immigration check. Those soon to be filed lawsuits are why Obama and Napolitano attempted today to screw the pooch:
“The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police. [snip]
That means police statewide can immediately begin calling to check immigration status — but federal officials are likely to reject most of those calls.
Federal officials said they’ll still perform the checks as required by law but will respond only when someone has a felony conviction on his or her record. Absent that, ICE will tell the local police to release the person.“
In short, what this means is that, like with the recent executive order by Barack Obama, the rule of law is out the window and Barack Obama will do as he pleases.
“As Obama pleases” is not what the American people want. The DailyKooks and the Obama Hopium Guzzlers of 2007/2008 constantly attacked the “unitary executive”. But now the corruption which passes as the “left” will support every power grab by Obama. But the DailyKooks are a small minority from a rubber room
In polls most Americans supported the Arizona immigration law and most Americans will continue to support the immigration checks Arizona will now conduct. But, as Josh Gerstein opines, will today’s Supreme Court ruling mean “ potentially angering Latinos in a way that could give President Barack Obama an added boost from Hispanic voters in November?
Consider today’s poll news. Gallup: Economy, not immigration, key to Hispanic vote.
U.S. Hispanics prioritize immigration, healthcare, and unemployment to equal degrees, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll asking about the importance of six national policy issues. Twenty percent of Hispanics each mention one of the top three issues as mattering most to them, while 17% name economic growth, 11% name the gap between the rich and poor, and 7% name the federal budget deficit. Hispanic registered voters, however, put healthcare and all economic issues before immigration, which 12% name as their most important issue. …
USA Today/Gallup asked the same issue-importance question of all Americans in Gallup Daily tracking interviews from June 13-14. Among all Americans and U.S. registered voters, healthcare, economic growth, and the federal deficit roughly tie as the most important issues, while immigration ranks last among both groups of Americans.
All Obama will get from his tricks, panders, deceptions will be outrage from the majority of voters and a “blah” from those he courts with unconstitutional vigor. As we wrote, “Latinos are not stupid.”
Mitt Romney is not stupid either. Romney issued an anodyne statement on the Supreme Court ruling – while he was in Arizona:
“Mitt Romney on Monday said states have a duty and a right to secure their borders even as he called for a bipartisan national immigration strategy.
The likely Republican nominee did not address the merits of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key parts of Arizona’s tough immigration enforcement law. But he used it as an opportunity to criticize President Barack Obama for inaction on immigration reform until recently.
“This represents yet another broken promise by this president. I believe that each state has the duty – and the right – to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities,” Romney said in a written statement released before he left Salt Lake City to fly to a planned fundraiser in Arizona.”
Romney will only issues written statements when it comes to distraction after distraction that Barack Obama and his Chicago henchmen DREAM up. Mitt Romney is going to focus on the economy. It is no surprise to us that Romney is borrowing from Bill Clinton’s 1992 slogan “Putting People First”. Romney has a banner at his events which state “Putting Jobs First.”
The lesson from today is that if you are happy with Obama acting like a king and issuing edicts and fatwas, vote for him in November. The American people are against the Fast & Furious executive privilege edict. New poll: Obama’s executive-privilege assertion not as popular as WH imagined. The American People are not stupid when presented with the facts.
The lesson from today is: If you want the federal government and the executive branch to faithfully execute the law then vote Obama out and today will be just a bad memory.