Arizona governor: I had a "very cordial discussion" with Obama

Did she really, though? Check out her wry smile and refusal to comment at around 2:30 when a reporter asks if she thinks the president’s actually read the bill yet.

Apparently The One didn’t want to chat about the most contentious issue on the table, i.e. whether the DOJ’s going to file suit to block the Arizona statute, so they ended up making chitchat about how long it’ll be before that token National Guard force finally makes it to the border. Question for Brewer: Why didn’t you press Captain Civility on the endless race-baiting demagoguery that’s been bubbling up from the left like a broken well in the Gulf of Mexico? It’s not just coming from the rank-and-file, either. The latest:

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., told a Democratic Club on Tuesday that white supremacist groups are influencing lawmakers to adopt laws that will lead to discrimination.

“There’s a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups,” said the lawmaker, who is of Mexican descent. “It’s been documented. It’s not mainstream politics.”…

[Think Progress] wrote that the Immigration Law Reform Institute, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), helped write the law. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled FAIR a hate group, a designation that the organization disputes.

Sanchez sought to clarify her comments Thursday.

“I never said that everyone who supports the Arizona law is a racist or white supremacist,” she said in a written statement. “Anyone who says different is just trying to inflame the issue and get away from the real discussion of how to reform the immigration system in this country.”

This comes on the same day that L.A.’s school board is recommending that the Arizona statute be taught in history classes alongside Jim Crow and Japanese internment. I’m not sure why Brewer was so eager to meet with him if she didn’t want to call him on that or on his predictable above-the-fray indifference to economic boycotts of the state, but I guess a photo op with the president is always a good thing. Unless you’re Charlie Crist, of course. Exit question: Is the U.S./Mexico border actually super-safe?

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