Romney on the Arizona case: I wish the Court would let states have more latitude on immigration

posted at 9:21 pm on June 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

Good enough? My hunch is that he would have been pounded by the base for giving this politic-yet-noncommittal answer three months ago, since he refuses to explicitly say that he supports Arizona’s law. Today, though, as the last, best hope of ending Hopenchange after one term? Wide berth.

Not a terrible response, anyway. It follows his M.O. on health care: When you’re in a jam on policy, cry “federalism!” and hope that people leave you alone.

“Now you probably heard today there was a Supreme Court decision relating to immigration and, you know, given the failure of the immigration policy in this country, I would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states not less,” said Romney, in his first public statement on this morning’s Supreme Court ruling, which upheld part of the Arizona’s immigration law that allows those but overturned others. “And there are states now under this decision have less authority, less latitude, to enforce immigration laws.”

But Romney, speaking to a group of about 200 donors at a fundraising luncheon at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, still did not specify whether he agreed with the state’s controversial immigration law or even parts of it…

“It didn’t have to be this way,” said Romney. “The president promised in his campaign that in his first year he would take on immigration and solve our immigration challenges, put in place a long term program to care for those that want to come here legally, to deal with illegal immigration, to deal with securing our borders.”

“All these things he was going to in his first year. He had a Democrat House and a Democrat Senate, but he didn’t do it. Isn’t it time for the American people to ask him: Why?” Romney asked, to a heavy applause by the audience.

That last line of argument appeals to me in how it spotlights Obama’s cynicism but I can’t imagine that it’s winning many people over. Voters who care about amnesty know they’ve got a better shot with a Democratic administration than a Republican one, just as gay-rights activists knew they’d have a better shot at getting their agenda enacted with Obama despite his pathetic pretense of opposing gay marriage. Gays forgave him that because they knew it was a political posture that would change as soon as the White House felt safe to shift. I think amnesty activists feel the same way: They’d like O to be bolder but they know that Democrats’ inaction in his first term was more the product of political cowardice in tackling this issue before the midterms and presidential election than any principled opposition. As such, all Mitt’s really doing here is reminding them how gutless the Unicorn Prince and his allies in the Democratic leadership are when their own asses are on the line. Like I say, that appeals to me, but I don’t think it’s moving many votes. Even if you assume that Romney will revert to squishiness once in office, if you were an open-borders fan, wouldn’t you rather take your chances with O?

Here’s 90 “excruciating” seconds, in Byron York’s words, of Romney’s spokesman staying very, very, very much on message despite the press’s best attempts to get him to take a position on the Arizona law. Exit quotation from a disappointed York: “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.”

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Mitt is doing well.

the new aesthetic on June 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Not a terrible response

And certainly not a BOLD one either.

HondaV65 on June 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Good enough…

fore now…

Ooops on the Obama reference.

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:26 PM

“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.”

Why is that surprising? Willy McDole is NO Conservative – never has been.

HondaV65 on June 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

How many voters will be thinking immigration when they make their final decision? Not enough to matter, I think.

Curtiss on June 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

he’s all yours
every squishy bit of him

james23 on June 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Pale pastels, thy name is Mitt Romney.

Stoic Patriot on June 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Another poll shows a tight race in Michigan.

http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/06/tie_race_new_poll_shows_romney.html

Each candidate garnered 40 percent in the statewide survey of 600 likely voters conducted June 14-15 by public relations firm Lambert, Edwards & Associates and polling company Denno Research. Twenty percent were undecided.

bayview on June 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

101 rounds of golf?
101
One hundred and one.
A century and a year.

the new aesthetic on June 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Why is that surprising? Willy McDole is NO Conservative – never has been.

HondaV65 on June 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Haven’t we already established that you’re voting for Obama “to teach those damn RINOs a lesson?”

KingGold on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Nicely, nicely …

minnesoter on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

he’s all yours
every squishy bit of him

james23 on June 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

And with the hand we are holding…

I will take it…

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Does Mitt have any core beliefs that he would take a fundamental position on?

idesign on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

If securing its territory
in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we
should cease referring to it as a sovereign State. I dissent.

Justice Antonin Scalia

nobar on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

This is a lose/lose situation if Mitt takes too strong a stance on illegal immigration at this point. The WH have put the focus on this issue to try to break Mitt off message and to have him take a stance that they can use to hammer him with, but he has prudently declined to play the game. Much as I hate it, at least until the election, this is about as bold as Romney can afford to be on this issue……

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

i know this isn’t popular to say, but — the arizona law, at least the parts that were struck down, WERE unconstitutional.

like it or not, the FEDS get to do immigration. it’s a national charge via the constitution. not the states. the feds can.

now i know obama even today coincidentally ‘ignores’ such responsibility, but even so, while it seems right that AZ should get to enforce immigration if the feds won’t, they still can’t. legally.

the court was right to strike down the parts of AZ asserting immigration authority (even though i think az probably ‘should’ still do it, but on paper they need to be told ‘that’s the federal government’s job) so i don’t really get the outrage.

heck, ALITO voted it down on the parts im talking about, too.

O/T: my thursday prediction: 7-2 mandate thrown out (ginsburg kagan dissent), 6-3 all of it thrown out (sotomayor joins the majority)

pamplonajack on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Exit quotation from a disappointed York: “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.”

He doesn’t really believe it.
On immigration, the parties are the same: F U American citizens.

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Weak tea but he needs to remain focused on the economy as the number one issue that affects all Americans.

He’s clever enough to tread a careful line with the single-issue-obsessed out there. Those who prioritize being black, hispanic, gay, gun-owner, stingy nymphomaniac, or otherwise over the diabolical state of this economy represent a very small minority. He panders to them directly at his own peril – it is the path Bark is taking because he is desperate, and it’s a long shot.

CorporatePiggy on June 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Really? Seriously, really?

Hey I wanted Perry, Newt, 999, Santorum as much as the next guy.

However, Mitt Romney will do in a pinch over McPurpleLipsSandTrap, thank you very much.

the new aesthetic on June 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

As a candidate Romney needs to stay focused on bombarding Team Obama on economic issues. He must avoid getting sidetracked and bogged down explaining himself in detail on other issues. The more he says the more he opens himself up to attacks by the Dems/MSM. That is what Team Obama wants to manipulate him into doing.

So making general comments like this which seem to match the mood of the majority of voters.

There are plenty of others in the GOP who can take on the Obama admin over other issues like this. Once he nominates a VP running mate that will also be his job.

farsighted on June 25, 2012 at 9:32 PM

So making general comments like this which seem to match the mood of the majority of voters is good enough.

Fixed.

farsighted on June 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

York is right, this was the perfect opportunity to stand up for the rule of law and a popular position. For the love of Pete, could he at least grow one or two vertebrae? These milquetoast mush mouth responses are getting really old. SCOTUS is the only reason, and I mean the only reason, I’m voting for this jellyfish.

TxAnn56 on June 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Well, lucky for Mitt, illegal immigration isn’t important….to liberals and moderate Republicans…and Rachel Madcow. Only the economy matterz!

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Doesn’t matter what he says he’ll either get pounded by the press or the base. Best to be vague. Anyway, it drives the press crazy.

bluealice on June 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

he’s all yours
every squishy bit of him

james23 on June 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I’ll take him over bold left anyday. Time to send some money.

msupertas on June 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Does Mitt have any core beliefs that he would take a fundamental position on?

idesign on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Pulverizing Barry in November.

minnesoter on June 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

How very squishy. That securing the border is the last point on his list is duly noted.

He’s starting to sound a lot like Arnold (color me surprised).

kringeesmom on June 25, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I am a realist and have no problem with his response as he has to tread carefully to get elected.
What worries me is I don’t think even behind closed doors he launches.

arnold ziffel on June 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

TxAnn56 on June 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I agree.

This could also tie into the economy.

The way Obama’s policies go, there’s hardly anything you can’t start talking about and then show why the conservative position is better for the economy.

Mitt and his advisers don’t seem to have elastic minds.

INC on June 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

He doesn’t really believe it.
On immigration pretty much every issue, the parties are the same: F U American citizens.

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

All that matters to most in government is the insider trading.

tetriskid on June 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

immigration is a huge mess. why should Romney say something ‘bold’ which the leftist press can beat him over the head for months…as a racist, nativist Mormon?

You have a obama.press that is eager to pound on the table (a la Gregory) and weep for the dispossessd indigenous peoples of norteamerica

forget it…let the trolls go away.

r keller on June 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Why is that surprising? Willy McDole is NO Conservative – never has been.

HondaV65 on June 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Welcome back, Obama-voter

thebrokenrattle on June 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Real Spokesmen for Presidential Candidates DON’T CHEW GUM while talking to the media.

wren on June 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Mitt and his advisers don’t seem to have elastic minds.

INC on June 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Leave the elastic minds till after he takes the WH. For now, just give me disciplined minds….

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

And with the hand we are holding…

I will take it…

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I agree!.,This is the hand we have been dealt..So let’s play it!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

If Napolitanobama isn’t going to help, then Arizona should hold illegals themselves. Let Napolitanobama send in the troops to release them.

SouthernGent on June 25, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Real Spokesmen for Presidential Candidates DON’T CHEW GUM while talking to the media.

wren on June 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Give me gum over lies any day…..

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I agree!.,This is the hand we have been dealt..So let’s play it!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Yep..
What are we to do..
Stay home?

Nobody would do that…would they? /

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Romney should have been down on the border tonight giving a press conference. He should also have had some ads featuring people who have had family members killed by illegal immigrants and juxtapose that with Obama laughing about people wanting moats and alligators on the border.

Romney is trying to ride the fence here, but it’s not going to work. People that want amnesty are going to go with Obama. The best Romney can hope for is that by taking a tough stance on immigration he could trade Colorado and Nevada for Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin. Maybe even Pennsylvania. But you have to take a tough stand on immigration enforcement, not try to have it both ways.

JohnInCA on June 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I think amnesty activists feel the same way: They’d like O to be bolder but they know that Democrats’ inaction in his first term was more the product of political cowardice in tackling this issue before the midterms and presidential election than any principled opposition.

I don’t see how he can get much bolder that he has been the past week or so. He should be fined for taunting.

Night Owl on June 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Mission objective; stay the course, it is all about discipline and commitment.

dmann on June 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Wimp.

Doesn’t matter, though. He’s got bigger fish to fry than immigration at the moment.

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:44 PM

“Obama Has Eclipsed Nixon In The Establishment Of An Imperial Presidency”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/obama-has-eclipsed-nixon-in.html

M2RB: Hank Williams, Jr

Resist We Much on June 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

“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.”

Well, I guess York can always vote for Obama, since Romney didn’t give the perfect conservative answer or whatever.

changer1701 on June 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

O/T: my thursday prediction: 7-2 mandate thrown out (ginsburg kagan dissent), 6-3 all of it thrown out (sotomayor joins the majority)

pamplonajack on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I hope you’re right. Given her vote upholding the “show your papers” section of the Arizona law, I’m starting to wonder if the Wise Latina, whom I did not find particularly wise in her confirmation hearings, is, in fact, wise enough to notice that O’Connor, and now Kennedy, get a lot more attention than anyone else does.

Rational Thought on June 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The best Romney can hope for is that by taking a tough stance on immigration he could trade Colorado and Nevada for Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin. Maybe even Pennsylvania. But you have to take a tough stand on immigration enforcement, not try to have it both ways.

JohnInCA on June 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

If (when) Romney wins this election, it will be because of the economy. Period. Every day that we are not talking about the economy is a day that Obama has the chance to confuse the issues and make up ground on Romney. The Romney team have been laser-focused so far. There is no reason to give up on that now. In spite of the many and varied issues that we all care about (and there are plenty of other vitally important issues), it is hammering Obama on the economy that wins this. Anything else is just a distraction until we get through the election.

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Leave the elastic minds till after he takes the WH. For now, just give me disciplined minds….

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

You mean wait till after the election to find out what this guy stands for on every controversial issue because the liberal media will…be against him? Let’s just give up now and save ourselves the effort. I mean really people. I’ll say this for the Democrats, they’re not the bunch of pu$$ies Republicans are. Why not just bring Herman back into the race if you don’t want to know what he’ll do in office? Good freakin’ grief.

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

What’s so hard about highlighting what you liked about the ruling and then explaining how your immigration policy (really illegal alien policy) would be better than Obama’s?

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Doesn’t matter what he says he’ll either get pounded by the press or the base. Best to be vague. Anyway, it drives the press crazy.

bluealice on June 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Idiotic. “I don’t want to know what you stand for — or even if you stand for anything at all — as long as you’re just not Obama!” No wonder this country is so screwed.

And I think I’d rather do something to wake up the base rather than let the media dictate to me what I’m going to stand for at the moment. Even in the unlikely event this squish wins, he’s be an absolute disaster.

Does Mitt have any core beliefs that he would take a fundamental position on?

idesign on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Pulverizing Barry in November.

minnesoter on June 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Only for the sake of adding that resume item that eluded his old man. The most beatable Dem incumbent probably in the last 80 years and the GOP is going to blow it. Predictably.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Well, the ACLU are still sniffing around in AZ, law enforcement, besides having to dodge F&F guns and SUVs running them down, now have to deal with a “report LEO because I’m brown, purple, polka dot” hotline, then you have your constitutional scholars with a bone to pick if anyone asks them anything, and then you have agents sitting on an X, out in the middle of no where, wondering why they even bother because their leaders want open borders.
It’s gonna be open season on anyone trying to enforce the law in AZ.

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Does Mitt have any core beliefs that he would take a fundamental position on?
idesign on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM
Pulverizing Barry in November.
minnesoter on June 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Like a Clinton, huh?

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM

If Napolitanobama isn’t going to help, then Arizona should hold illegals themselves. Let Napolitanobama send in the troops to release them.

SouthernGent on June 25, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I say if we can’t deport them let’s use them to build the southern border fence. If we’re going to feed and house ‘em make ‘em earn it.

Rio Linda Refugee on June 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Doesn’t matter what he says he’ll either get pounded by the press or the base. Best to be vague. Anyway, it drives the press crazy.

bluealice on June 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Drives his base crazy too.
Btw, who is Romney’s base?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

You mean wait till after the election to find out what this guy stands for on every controversial issue because the liberal media will…be against him? Let’s just give up now and save ourselves the effort. I mean really people. I’ll say this for the Democrats, they’re not the bunch of pu$$ies Republicans are. Why not just bring Herman back into the race if you don’t want to know what he’ll do in office? Good freakin’ grief.

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Yes, that’s what I mean…..

Unless you want another 4 years of Obama, the time for ‘finding out what this guy stands for’ is long since past. There is no alternative now. Its Romney or its Obama. You may not be convinced of what Romney stands for, but surely you can see that a Romney administration is going to be infinitely superior to an Obama one, at the very least in terms of the economy, the supreme court, etc. There may be legitimate doubts about Romney, but we KNOW what we get with Obama, and it will be devastating.

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Leave the elastic minds till after he takes the WH. For now, just give me disciplined minds….

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

You mean wait till after the election to find out what this guy stands for on every controversial issue because the liberal media will…be against him? Let’s just give up now and save ourselves the effort. I mean really people. I’ll say this for the Democrats, they’re not the bunch of pu$$ies Republicans are. Why not just bring Herman back into the race if you don’t want to know what he’ll do in office? Good freakin’ grief.

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Preach it, brother. Or sister, whichever the case may be.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

And with the hand we are holding…

I will take it…

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I agree!.,This is the hand we have been dealt..So let’s play it!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

thirded or whatever.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM

i know this isn’t popular to say, but — the arizona law, at least the parts that were struck down, WERE unconstitutional.

like it or not, the FEDS get to do immigration. it’s a national charge via the constitution. not the states. the feds can.

now i know obama even today coincidentally ‘ignores’ such responsibility, but even so, while it seems right that AZ should get to enforce immigration if the feds won’t, they still can’t. legally.

the court was right to strike down the parts of AZ asserting immigration authority (even though i think az probably ‘should’ still do it, but on paper they need to be told ‘that’s the federal government’s job) so i don’t really get the outrage.

heck, ALITO voted it down on the parts im talking about, too.

pamplonajack on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I have some doubts about the work solicitation part, but other than that I agree.

As you say, immigration is a federal government competence. I don’t like governments invading the respective domains of each other.

Brewer should sue the Obama Administration for failing to protect Arizona from an invasion of illegal aliens.

joana on June 25, 2012 at 9:53 PM

O/T: my thursday prediction: 7-2 mandate thrown out (ginsburg kagan dissent), 6-3 all of it thrown out (sotomayor joins the majority)

pamplonajack on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

While I would love you to be right, what on EARTH makes you think Sotomayor and Breyer would be against the mandate?

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Yes, that’s what I mean…..

Unless you want another 4 years of Obama, the time for ‘finding out what this guy stands for’ is long since past. There is no alternative now. Its Romney or its Obama. You may not be convinced of what Romney stands for, but surely you can see that a Romney administration is going to be infinitely superior to an Obama one…

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

How in the HELL do you know that if you’re going to stick your head in the sand with the “I don’t want to know what he stands for” crap? Good night Nellie. Is this nothing more than Red Team vs Blue Team?

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Whatever misgiving we may have, Mitt is approximately 1 million percent better than McCain.

I don’t much care for this inside baseball crap, but I know that you have to run a heck of a good campaign to win; nobody gets there on principles alone. The Romney camp seems to be pretty steady, something I’m surprised to see from any Republican

halfbaked on June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Leave the elastic minds till after he takes the WH. For now, just give me disciplined minds….

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

You mean wait till after the election to find out what this guy stands for on every controversial issue because the liberal media will…be against him? Let’s just give up now and save ourselves the effort. I mean really people. I’ll say this for the Democrats, they’re not the bunch of pu$$ies Republicans are. Why not just bring Herman back into the race if you don’t want to know what he’ll do in office? Good freakin’ grief.

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

You have to elect him to find out what’s in him. His stance on issues, anyway.

-Nanny Pelosi.

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I hope no one stays home!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Only for the sake of adding that resume item that eluded his old man. The most beatable Dem incumbent probably in the last 80 years and the GOP is going to blow it. Predictably.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

As predictable as your whiny, doomsday prognostications I suppose, eh?

At some point you’re going to have to deal with the fact Mitt will be the nominee. Stay home, vote for Obama, I couldn’t care less, but the constant harping about the GOP’s choice has grown mighty stale. If the ideal conservative had emerged and actually waged a decent campaign, they’d be the presumptive nominee at this point. None did.

changer1701 on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I have some doubts about the work solicitation part, but other than that I agree.

As you say, immigration is a federal government competence. I don’t like governments invading the respective domains of each other.

Brewer should sue the Obama Administration for failing to protect Arizona from an invasion of illegal aliens.

joana on June 25, 2012 at 9:53 PM

How many personalities you got in there, chippy?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Why not just bring Herman back into the race if you don’t want to know what he’ll do in office? Good freakin’ grief.

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

The Obama admin is taking a lot of heat right now, what good would it do for Romney to give the fluffer media a reason to change the subject?

Rio Linda Refugee on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Does Mitt have any core beliefs that he would take a fundamental position on?

idesign on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

If securing its territory
in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we
should cease referring to it as a sovereign State. I dissent.

Justice Antonin Scalia

nobar on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I have no idea how people can say Romney doesn’t have a position. From his statement:

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.

Isn’t it pretty clear he agrees with the underlying theme of Scalia’s dissent?

joana on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Is this nothing more than Red Team vs Blue Team?

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Which side do you stand on??..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Drives his base crazy too.
Btw, who is Romney’s base?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Red Team aficionados, of whom there are maybe 14,000 in existence.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:57 PM

thirded or whatever.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM

:)

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:57 PM

How many personalities you got in there, chippy?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

What?

joana on June 25, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Maybe he’ll take a definitive stand when the hoards reach the Utah border? To late for me, but. I might be in Montana by then anyhow. With a handy passport.

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Is this nothing more than Red Team vs Blue Team?

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Which side do you stand on??..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

The side of self-respecting integrity. Of course you wouldn’t know anything about that. :)

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

i know this isn’t popular to say, but — the arizona law, at least the parts that were struck down, WERE unconstitutional.

like it or not, the FEDS get to do immigration. it’s a national charge via the constitution. not the states. the feds can.

pamplonajack on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Then, in response, AZ should no longer give any enforcement efforts to any federal law whatsoever within its borders except that done by federal law officials themselves.

Ogoose, Ogander

profitsbeard on June 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

How many personalities you got in there, chippy?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

What?

joana on June 25, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Did I stutter?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

How many personalities you got in there, chippy?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

More than you have brain cells.

MelonCollie on June 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

“Squishy, milk and toast, RINO looser.”
-Butt heart dreamers.

the new aesthetic on June 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Would taking an even slightly firmer stand or clarifying what he’d do in office risk him the election with latinos who are 66% in the bag for Obama?

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

As predictable as your whiny, doomsday prognostications I suppose, eh?

At some point you’re going to have to deal with the fact Mitt will be the nominee. Stay home, vote for Obama, I couldn’t care less, but the constant harping about the GOP’s choice has grown mighty stale. If the ideal conservative had emerged and actually waged a decent campaign, they’d be the presumptive nominee at this point. None did.

changer1701 on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Is the only f*cking way you can defend this squish to point out that he won? Good grief. At some point you’re going to have to do something other than neener neener.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

And with the hand we are holding…

I will take it…

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I agree!.,This is the hand we have been dealt..So let’s play it!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

thirded or whatever.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Fourth.

But I’d like to add that it sure would be great to see a SuperPAC come out with a blistering ad, detailing all the laws BHO has broken.

GrannyDee on June 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

How in the HELL do you know that if you’re going to stick your head in the sand with the “I don’t want to know what he stands for” crap? Good night Nellie. Is this nothing more than Red Team vs Blue Team?

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Not at all. I know enough to know that he is vastly better than Obama. And personally, I don’t have the same misgivings about Romney that some others seem to have. So no, I’m not sticking my head in the sand. But the point is – what are you going to do? Ok, so we drill down right now on every conservative issue and get Romney to lay bare his soul. Then what? He gets pummeled left and right and we lose the election…? This is far from ‘Red Team vs Blue Team’. This is free market liberty vs tyranny. Forget about the minutia. The time for that was the primaries. Now its time for the big vision. Freedom vs tyranny. I know which side of that equation Obama is on, and Romney is our last best hope for the other side.

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Let the state be states. Small federal government and huge state government. Let the states compete for tax dollars. 50 different rules and not one size fits all from a all powerful central government. You pick the best with your feet. If you like the states way of doing things you move and not move and bring your progressive ideas to the new state because you already destroyed the first state (ie California to Colorado).

tjexcite on June 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Oh for God sakes,, more Joana nonsense?

Is it just me?

Don’t even compare Scalia’s shiny brass ones with mitt.

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

But I’d like to add that it sure would be great to see a SuperPAC come out with a blistering ad, detailing all the laws BHO has broken.

GrannyDee on June 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

200 or so days left..

Plenty of time..

Obama should be up to his 130 rounds of golf by then…

Electrongod on June 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Squish, squish, Mormon Cultist, Rino-Turkey-BasterMcFartPants11!!

the new aesthetic on June 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM

How many personalities you got in there, chippy?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

More than you have brain cells.

MelonCollie on June 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

One more, to be exact.

joana on June 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Freedom vs tyranny. I know which side of that equation Obama is on, and Romney is our last best hope for the other side.

Or watered down tyranny v tyranny.

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Oh for God sakes,, more Joana nonsense?

Is it just me?

Don’t even compare Scalia’s shiny brass ones with mitt.

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

She has a boyfriend. MelonCollie.

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Only for the sake of adding that resume item that eluded his old man. The most beatable Dem incumbent probably in the last 80 years and the GOP is going to blow it. Predictably.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

And the predictable troll returns yet again to a Romney thread, but remains conspicuously silent on all of the heinous crimes that King Obama has pulled in the past couple of weeks.

JPeterman on June 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Oh for God sakes,, more Joana nonsense?

Is it just me?

Don’t even compare Scalia’s shiny brass ones with mitt.

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

No

Night Owl on June 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

i know this isn’t popular to say, but — the arizona law, at least the parts that were struck down, WERE unconstitutional.

like it or not, the FEDS get to do immigration. it’s a national charge via the constitution. not the states. the feds can.

pamplonajack on June 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Then, in response, AZ should no longer give any enforcement efforts to any federal law whatsoever within its borders except that done by federal law officials themselves.

Ogoose, Ogander

profitsbeard on June 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I read on another site where AZ should stop IRS tax collections. Like it. Escalate it Jan.

msupertas on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Freedom vs tyranny. I know which side of that equation Obama is on, and Romney is our last best hope for the other side.

Or watered down tyranny v tyranny.

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

At least if its watered down its a little easier to swallow….. /s

PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The side of self-respecting integrity. Of course you wouldn’t know anything about that. :)

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I am personally glad I do not know about this side you talk about!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Good grief. At some point you’re going to have to do something other than neener neener.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Someone left the irony on.

Rio Linda Refugee on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

How many personalities you got in there, chippy?

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Two. One that insults you, and one that cries foul when you insult her back.

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Excellent post…:) NORM!

the new aesthetic on June 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

The hard truth is that we don’t need any ‘comprehensive solution’ to immigration. What we have now will work if we just enforce the laws that we have and allow the states to help the federal government enforce those laws.

slickwillie2001 on June 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

It is unfortunate for us that even though Romney has a law degree, he is not a firm, pro-active spokesman on the Constitution. He whiffs too many opportunities to make a strong case for the rule of law.

onlineanalyst on June 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

At least if its watered down its a little easier to swallow….. /s
PSConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

So be happ with a tofu steak, even though you’ve had the real thing, or something?

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Is the only f*cking way you can defend this squish to point out that he won? Good grief.

ddrintn on June 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Remind me…who were the last people in politics to smugly harp about the fact that “I won”?

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

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