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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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

Please. He’s been defended, time and again. If anyone thought it would matter to the likes of you, they’d be inclined to try again. But at this point it isn’t worth the effort.

changer1701 on June 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Happy

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

thirded or whatever.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM

..:):)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 10:09 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

I actually believe you write that stuff in good faith. That you are genuinely convinced that comment was some attempt to equate Romney and Scalia (even though I can’t figure out the reasoning process), just like you’re honestly convinced you could build a border fence by yourself in 60 days that would be impossible to trespass and more effective than the Berlin Wall . So, I’ll be patient and explain: Romney’s statement campaign echoes the underlying theme of Scalia’s dissent. That the states should have the right to enforce immigration laws when the federal government shows their unwilling to remedy the problem. This is not saying that Romney is just like Scalia. Do you understand the difference?

joana on June 25, 2012 at 10:10 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

Heh.

Dongemaharu on June 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

btw, for all the little lefty trolls who always seem to ‘think’ that they are on side of angels…and the evil Rs are on the side of evil corporations, there’s this

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/obamacare-outcome-matrix

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if it gets struck down, down tingles, for real

r keller on June 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Mitt Romney – Profile in Courage what?

idesign on June 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM

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

idesign on June 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I’m pretty sure he doesn’t like communists, marxists and other anti-American hatemongers?

Mimzey on June 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Romney’s statement campaign echoes the underlying theme of Scalia’s dissent. That the states should have the right to enforce immigration laws when the federal government shows their unwilling to remedy the problem.

Or as Allahpundit said:

When you’re in a jam on policy, cry “federalism!” and hope that people leave you alone.

Is Romney a watered down version of Rick Perry?

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:14 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.”

Completely surprising, isn’t it?

Midas on June 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Do you feel properly chastised and re-educated?

Night Owl on June 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Tape your heads and take your BP meds. John McCain is about to weigh in on this on Greta.

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 10:15 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

Isn’t it amazing??..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Obama’s all in:

Jun 25, 6:30 PM EDT

Federal hotline set up on Arizona immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns regarding the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons.

The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov.

Unfreakinbelievable.

IrishEi on June 25, 2012 at 10:16 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

I’m betting there is a newsletter that could help you with that. :)

Betenoire on June 25, 2012 at 10:17 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

..:):)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Unfreakinbelievable.

IrishEi on June 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I wonder if it’s possible to do to that hotline what was done to “Attack Watch” or “Truth Team” or any of the other moronic snitch lines this corrupt administration has set up.

Night Owl on June 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Unfreakinbelievable.

IrishEi on June 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

He and the left should just admit they want illegal immigration. This facade needs to be exposed.

CW on June 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Excellent post…:) NORM!

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

Thumbs up!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I wonder if it’s possible to do to that hotline what was done to “Attack Watch” or “Truth Team” or any of the other moronic snitch lines this corrupt administration has set up.

Night Owl on June 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Good idea!

IrishEi on June 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Betenoire on June 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM

lolz..Please post the link!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

What is the policy if we are invaded militarily and the invaders are smart enough to wear civilian clothes? Are we just supposed to lose the war, now? Will they profile the invaders based on what the people tend to look like in the nation the invaders are from? Or is a blend-in military invasion impossible today? The Nazis used this tactic against us. They captured a lot of them because I’m sure there were some “tells” that gave them away. What if we had to wait until we saw them committing a crime? We didn’t have to worry about the Japanese using the same tactic because they’d have to go to the detention camps to blend in. That was a good move by FDR to at least take that tactic away from the Japanese, actually. It’s unlikely that we’d be catching them in the act of a crime so we would have been telling the enemy to go ahead and send their soldiers to the US in civilian clothing and blend in and we’ll just lose the war.

I’m sure that was the framers’ intent. Does it suddenly become Constitutional to profile people a certain way and round them up if some foreign nation breaks some international treaty like the Geneva Convention?

We’re quickly becoming a country that deserves to die. The nice thing is that it’s always possible to create new countries that deserve to live.

Buddahpundit on June 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Tape your heads and take your BP meds. John McCain is about to weigh in on this on Greta.
RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Not good.

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Tape your heads and take your BP meds. John McCain is about to weigh in on this on Greta.
RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Not good.

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

He blamed, with others, Obama for killing the 2007 am esty bill with a farm amendment. If I remember correctly,it was the American people melting down the phone banks that took the bill down.
He, Lindsey, and Old drunk dead Teddy would meet up in an office next to the senate floor to discuss the days events and he was mad that Obama stood him up several times.
But, Obama should not be feared and he believes in the constitution.

RovesChins on June 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM

As far as I am concerned the Federal gubmint is at war with my state and mitt hasn’t taken a position on the line. The front line. Yea, I’ll vote for him over that ignorant commie bastard, but I expect more. He’s. A 10th amendment guy, right?

Well guess what mitt, here’s a hill to fight for. If he doesn’t take the hard road, I lose all repect.. Brewer needs help. We need help. We are gonna be overrun. The State can’t and the Feds won’t.

We will be swamped.

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM

The Supreme Court will betray you.

Will they?

SparkPlug on June 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

SparkPlug on June 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

lolz..You have a point!..:)

Dire Straits on June 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Well guess what mitt, here’s a hill to fight for. If he doesn’t take the hard road, I lose all repect.. Brewer needs help. We need help. We are gonna be overrun. The State can’t and the Feds won’t.

We will be swamped.

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Sadly, don’t hold your breath…

idesign on June 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Romney’s statement campaign echoes the underlying theme of Scalia’s dissent. That the states should have the right to enforce immigration laws when the federal government shows their unwilling to remedy the problem.

Or as Allahpundit said:

When you’re in a jam on policy, cry “federalism!” and hope that people leave you alone.

Is Romney a watered down version of Rick Perry?

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

their unwillingness*

By watered down do you mean bright, shrewd, politically skilled, less prone to be captured by special interests and capable of expressing his policy views?

I disagree with AP that Romney has adopted this on health-care. Romney is very clear and precise about his plans for health-care and Medicare reform. Sure, he’s a federalist: that doesn’t imply he doesn’t have a vision of what the federal government should do.

I don’t think Romney should start commentating on every legislative solution individual states come up to just because he believes states have the right to implement that legislation though. Allahpundit’s position in this is too cynical.

joana on June 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM

The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov.

Unfreakinbelievable.

IrishEi on June 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Everybody call that number multiple times and send as many emails as possible. Let’s lock up these shenanigans.

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Everybody call that number multiple times and send as many emails as possible. Let’s lock up these shenanigans.

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Good idea. Why don’t you repost in the QOTD.

JPeterman on June 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Tell me Joana, how poorly did that Berlin wall work? I seem to remember growing up watching tapes of people getting mowed down with machine guns. Of course they were trying to escape. Those apparently are the only fences that work. So maybe we could just do well placed foxholes instead? I’d be okey doaky with that.

I live it. You mull upon it. Your ignorance is collosal. We sent men to the moon, and we can’t built a fence? We invaded Normandy, and we can’t defend our border?

Your version of American exceptionalism= we can’t. My version=we can and we better.

If you were even slightly aware, you might notice your bs doesn’t fly well. Come on down here to the desert, Joana. I’ll give you a free tour. I don’t recommend anything less than .308. barky sold them hand grenades too. I like to keep my distance.

wolly4321 on June 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Gl to FAIR ( Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform) and read the article regarding the Arizona decision.

The states interested in ending illegal immigration are looking carefully at the decision, particularly the three parts that were not upheld, and they are going to rewrite them so that they WILL stand another Supreme Court test.

No one is giving up. They can’t. The economic and social impact of illegal immigration, the predation of illegal aliens on their states, communities and families, forces them to find means to secure their states. Several states were waiting to see what the Justices would do about Arizona SB 1070, many had already drafted legislation and were waiting on this cases resolution before introducing it in their respective legislatures. Now that they have a template for rewriting the law so that it will be bullet proof, they are going to use it, rewrite, and pass their own legislation.

Meanwhile, it appears that Romney will be tackling immigration reform, but before we get all dewy-eyed about WHY he’s doing it, consider the economic ramifications and impact of illegal immigration. To a president who actually cares about unemployment and the economy, ending the tide of illegal immigration is not enough. Those illegal aliens already here must be returned to their nation of origin, and LEGAL immigration must be brought under control, pegged to about 5% unemployment rate, selecting those who possess skills this nation needs rather than an outdated quota system that accepts a certain number of people from preferred nations regardless of their skills.

For instance, in 2010, Asians surpassed Hispanics as the largest group of legal immigrants for the first time with about 430,000 immigrants while the Hispanics claimed about 340,000 of the 1 million plus legal immigrant slots for that year.The remaining 250,000 or so slots represented the allotment for the entire rest of the world. Coincidentally, this nation accepts some 750,000 legal immigrants per year through normal channels and another 250,000 asylum seekers. Some large areas of the world make up only a tiny slice of our accepted applications. Europeans, for instance only make up about 10-12% of all legal immigrants accepted in any given year. This system is not only unfair, it allows far too many people to be accepted who are either unskilled, low skilled, or possessed of skills that we already have in surplus. We cannot employ them. We already have 23 million Americans who are either unemployed or acutely underemployed. Our overall workforce participation rate is the lowest is been since the GREAT DEPRESSION.

If the 11-20 million illegal immigrants in this nation can be persuaded to leave, it will open up a minimum of 7 million full time jobs ( PEW estimates that illegal aliens currently hold 7 million full time jobs in the US, and less than 2% of all illegal aliens work in the AG industry)and relieve this nations tax payers of an enormous burden. Every year, this nation spends about $113B for social services for illegal aliens, which doesn’t include the judicial system, penal system, border patrol,etc. This also doesn’t include the very real cost to communities. Over a decade, that expense is well over $1.3 Trillion.

I suspect, as the deal is worked out, that we will have to keep some of the DREAM Act people, those with advanced degrees and those who are military veterans honorably discharged. However, I think the vast majority of illegal aliens are going to have to leave. We will allow ‘guest workers’ for seasonal ag jobs, etc. We will allow foreign students to have visas to study. With E-verify when the permit expires, they will have no choice but to leave. The citizenship will be brought in line with the rest of the developed world ( excepting Canada) and at least one parent will have to be a citizen or a legal permanent resident for the child born here to qualify for automatic citizenship. The borders will be secured, the rule of law will be enforced. We’ll tighten restrictions on ‘family reunification’ visas. A deal will be hammered out.

Point blank: We cannot afford to support millions of illegal aliens with free schooling and free emergency medical care. We cannot allow other nations to send their poor and uneducated to this nation so that their own economies can flourish. We cannot afford to pay out 126 federal welfare programs rather than employ our own citizens and legal immigrants.

There is a global recession hitting as we speak. Look at Europe. Europe is 2/3 of our trade. China is having a hard landing and experts suspect they’ve been hiding how bad it really is.

We must make the necessary reforms and enforce them in order to promote prosperity in THIS nation again. THAT is why immigration reform is necessary and that’s why Romney, along with a bipartisan congress WILL make it happen.

thatsafactjack on June 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM

HondaV65 on June 25, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Welcome back, Obama-voter

thebrokenrattle on June 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

..give him a break. Cabin Boy Miles Copperthwaite just finished a cruise of the South Pacific on the Raging Queen and he has yet to regain his sea legs.

Next voyage, he becomes a Cabin Man!

The War Planner on June 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM

“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

…all you fake conservatives/republicans that come here to still beat up on Romney…and will be voting for JugEars in the fall…don’t forget to read the above sentence over…and over!
and this..

staying very, very, very much on message despite the press’s best attempts to get him to take a position on the Arizona law

…I’m glad he’s staying on message as much as possible…You can see with the Wa Wa example and a few other example…the ‘editing skills of the major networks and most of the major media…Brylcreem is fighting more than JugEars and the DNC.

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 11:10 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.”

Expected!

What else would you expect from a Sketchy liberal, eh? A conservative response? ROTFLMAO!

DannoJyd on June 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM

…all you fake conservatives/republicans that come here to still beat up on Romney…and will be voting for JugEars in the fall…don’t forget to read the above sentence over…and over!

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM

While I, the AWE inspiring Danno Man, is busy working to get my local Conservative politicians elected at the grass roots level, then working all day as a poll watcher on election day, what will you be doing?

Isn’t your lazy boy warm enough yet?!?! /s

DannoJyd on June 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

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.

With all due respect… bullsh1t. Wide berth my arse.

We’re already half screwed by having to have this guy at the head of the ticket – the quickest wall to turn that into ‘fully screwed’ is to roll over and give the RINO’s a ‘wide berth’.

Look around, guys – we’re here today because of 1) progressives and 2) giving the GOP and RINO’s a ‘wide berth’.

Midas on June 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

ROMNEY NEEDS TO STAY FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMY: 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!

Mutnodjmet on June 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

DannoJyd on June 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

…so you felt as if YOU were being addressed?

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

politically skilled, less prone to be captured by special interests

joana on June 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Laughable. In the political world, by definition these two things go hand in glove.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM

politically skilled, less prone to be captured by special interests

joana on June 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Laughable. In the political world, by definition these two things go hand in glove.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM

.

Are you defining Super Mitt as a bought and sold run of the mill career politician ?

Hmmmm……

FlaMurph on June 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM

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.

With all due respect… bullsh1t. Wide berth my arse.

We’re already half screwed by having to have this guy at the head of the ticket – the quickest wall to turn that into ‘fully screwed’ is to roll over and give the RINO’s a ‘wide berth’.

Look around, guys – we’re here today because of 1) progressives and 2) giving the GOP and RINO’s a ‘wide berth’.

Midas on June 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

RINO squish behaves like a RINO squish.

Who thinks he’s going to get a wide berth? That doesn’t have to happen and we have the ability to ensure that doesn’t happen, right?

IMHO, Romney’s there to maintain the status quo. It’s either that or Obama unencumbered. It’s up to us not to waste the time we’re being given here.

kim roy on June 26, 2012 at 12:04 AM

…so you felt as if YOU were being addressed?

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

YOU know PERFECTLY WELL that your INSULT was for EVERYONE disgusted with our liberal politicians.

Better get back to work. Your lazy boy is getting cold … for once.

DannoJyd on June 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Is Romney a watered down version of Rick Perry?

aryeung on June 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Politically, not ethically, he is a watered down version of Richard Nixon. Generally a National Defense conservative but a progressive in all other ways.

chemman on June 26, 2012 at 1:05 AM

DannoJyd on June 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

…You know PERFECTLY WELL the difference between people disgusted with our liberal politicians…and those here agitating here for JugEars…or you don’t know jacksheet!…or anything about me…how long I’ve worked on political campaigns…why I’ve run for office to stir the pot…etc.
oh…and I don’t have a lazy boy (:->)

KOOLAID2 on June 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Romney is getting Reagan’d in reverse. He’s getting smeared as a RINO panty-waist. My guess is that he’s going to surprise a lot of hardcore conservatives.

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

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.”

Come on. Is anyone even a bit surprised by this?

Romney plays it safe again.

I’m beginning to think Romney will just barely squeak out this election, but only because Obama’s campaign is so busy self-destructing.

This election should be a huge win for a conservative Republican. Unfortunately, all we have is Romney. We’d better compensate strongly by electing conservatives to Congress, or we’ll have a Democrat back in the White House in 2016.

If we don’t get one in 2012….

didymus on June 26, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Wishes the Court would give the states more latitude?

Here’s a wild idea: have Congress give them more latitude.

Just because the federal government is entitled to preempt the states in certain areas doesn’t mean it it has to.

For example, the Constitution gives the federal government exclusive over copyright issues. However, the feds did not exercise exclusive jurisdiction until the Copyright Act of 1976. Prior to that, someone could file a claim of copyright infringement in either federal or state court, but now must go to federal court. Same with bankruptcy; for example, a debtor can choose either federal or state exemptions only because the feds allow it.

Jingo95 on June 26, 2012 at 2:36 AM

A scathingly brilliant idea. Since the Arizona cops are not going to be getting the cooperation of the feds, perhaps they should just bus them back over the border and let them go, call it a field trip, and don’t let them have any sunscreen, perhaps they could get a non profit to give free rides so the cops won’t be responsible. Or send them to states where the feds have not given up their responsibility, and have ICE pick them up there.

Does anyone know if Gov. Brewer can just call out the National Guard to stop the invasion? are there rules? I think I would call it a constitutional crisis.

One more question for the morning: Please notice that while the term Unconstitutional is being used, and taken advantage of by many outlets, because technically it is correct on the point of the law being not the right of AZ, the laws have not been interpreted as ones which are Unconstitutional for the Federal government, but yesterday, I thought that the President was making it sound as though the ideas of the laws, i.e. regulating immigrants was unconstitutional, watch out for that mistake.

Fleuries on June 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM

To correct the story here on Hot Air. Last year, during the campaign, Romney had said that if the AZ law was just a reiteration of the federal law it could not be wrong. He believes in Enforcing the Laws that we have. If I can find some quotes I will post them here later.

I was watching Fox news when the decision came out, and i don’t think I would rush to judgment on Romney commenting on a decision he has not read yet. Shannon Bream was there, she could barely comment on it, and the talk radio people all day yesterday were not sure what it means. I would rather have someone read and think than blurt out knee jerk reactions, but then, I am a mom, I have patience, I have self discipline, I guess.

Fleuries on June 26, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Romney walks the middle road in order to not make a lot of
waves. He does this to get elected. Sounds like a good plan to me.

He should not give specifics. Rubio gave away his plan prematurely and Obama stole part of it!

Romney is our nominee and after he is elected we citizen activists
can hold his feet to the fire. Now is not the time.

Amjean on June 26, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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

Well, that’s to be expected from Obama. Is part of being a pure Red Team Rombot making sure to blast Obama in a thread on an allegedly conservative blog? I’m not being browbeaten into voting for Obama by the ‘Bot Squad. I’m being browbeaten into voting for a squish who’s been sold as The Only One Who Can Beat Obama ™ .

Romney walks the middle road in order to not make a lot of
waves. He does this to get elected. Sounds like a good plan to me.

He should not give specifics. Rubio gave away his plan prematurely and Obama stole part of it!

Romney is our nominee and after he is elected we citizen activists
can hold his feet to the fire. Now is not the time.

Amjean on June 26, 2012 at 8:04 AM

A comment like that is just unbelievable. Pathetic.

ddrintn on June 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Wuss.

Romney is getting Reagan’d in reverse. He’s getting smeared as a RINO panty-waist. My guess is that he’s going to surprise a lot of hardcore conservatives.

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

I can only hope you turn out to be correct. He still needs a lot of pushing though to sound better than McCain/Bush on these issues.

Sporty1946 on June 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

milquetoast mittens strikes again!

NOMITTOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on June 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

romney sucks…BIG TIME!

Pragmatic on June 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I wonder if it’s possible to do to that hotline what was done to “Attack Watch” or “Truth Team” or any of the other moronic snitch lines this corrupt administration has set up.
Night Owl on June 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Everybody call that number multiple times and send as many emails as possible. Let’s lock up these shenanigans.
MadisonConservative on June 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

1. Make sure your antivirus software is up to date.
2. Enter “free autodialer software” into the search engine of your choice.
3. Do what is best in your judgment… far be it from me to encourage any hooliganism.

Mary in LA on June 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

AZ should stop IRS tax collections.

AS IF The State of Arizona (sovereign or not as interpreted by wishy squishy) collects federal income taxes from tax payers. The IRS is not part of the State of Arizona’s government. When you submit your tax returns, they don’t get processed by the State of Arizona or any other State in the Union. And when your salary and wages are withheld by the IRS, there is no processing through State Government bureaucracies, but automatically electronically by the Federal IRS.

An idiot would suggest that Arizona law enforcement should be expected to challenge the IRS like Al Capone, to block the flow of money from tax payer to the Feds. It’s hard enough for State Governments to function constitutionally without promoting wildly ignorant expectations.

You want to stop IRS tax collections? Call Congress.

maverick muse on June 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

and after he is elected we citizen activists
can hold his feet to the fire. Now is not the time.

Bwaha, you can read the bill after we pass it — heard it before.

Now is not the time BEFORE YOU VOTE to get a candidate’s pledge.

Too many decades of elections I’ve heard “hold his feet to the fire!”

You’re not going to hold any elitist’s foot to a fire without being gobsmacked, prosecuted, bankrupted, incarcerated and ruined.

If a candidate fails to promote his agenda, he hasn’t an agenda he’s willing to promote beyond MORE OF THE SAME status quo corruption.

Mitt will play the kinder, gentler authoritarian Keynesian “Repo Men“. Read. Now IS the time.

maverick muse on June 26, 2012 at 4:35 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

Please. He’s been defended, time and again. If anyone thought it would matter to the likes of you, they’d be inclined to try again. But at this point it isn’t worth the effort.

changer1701 on June 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I’ll remember this the next time a rombot complains about how I’m “helping to get Obama re-elected.” ;-)

gryphon202 on June 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

We’re quickly becoming a country that deserves to die. The nice thing is that it’s always possible to create new countries that deserve to live.

Buddahpundit on June 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Where would we go to do that now? What was at one time the most free republic in the history of humanity has failed precisely because we’re NOT following our own constitution. So why would setting up another like it have any better chance of working? And again, where would we go to do that? Writing about Galt’s Gulch is one thing…

gryphon202 on June 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I’d like Mitt to take on Obama for giving out work permits to “Dreamers” by asking “Where are the jobs?!”

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I’d like Mitt to take on Obama for giving out work permits to “Dreamers” by asking “Where are the jobs?!”

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

How about, “Why are we letting resident aliens have jobs when there are willing American workers?” Is that close enough to talking about the economy for you?

gryphon202 on June 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

How about, “Why are we letting resident aliens have jobs when there are willing American workers?” Is that close enough to talking about the economy for you?

gryphon202 on June 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

But we’re not “letting them have jobs” if there are no jobs. That’s the point, and that message reaches all Hispanics not just those who are stuck here in limbo after being brought here as children by their parents.

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

But we’re not “letting them have jobs” if there are no jobs. That’s the point, and that message reaches all Hispanics not just those who are stuck here in limbo after being brought here as children by their parents.

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I’m not talking about practical reality, Danish. I’m specifically talking about campaign rhetoric. People should be pissed off that Obama appears to be prioritizing the comfort and economic well-being of resident aliens over American citizens. Romney could capitalize on that. Romney’s doing a good enough job as a campaigner. I don’t want good enough. I want him to tap fully into the national zeitgeist. I want him to fan the flames of disgust that will consume Obama and everyone around him. I want more from Romney than I’m getting, and he looks to me like he’s content to coast through until the convention, if not November. That’s never a good thing for an elected politician to do…

gryphon202 on June 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

gryphon202 on June 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

He’s not going to start a war, pitting one group against the other. Blue collar white voters will figure this out for themselves without his help. But by asking, “Where are the jobs” he points out the futility and dishonesty of O’s grand gesture to illegals, as well as reminding all Americans the economy is a disaster.

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 6:08 PM

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