Remember, though, per the left’s meme du jour, the beginning and end of their problems heading into the midterms has to do with how the White House is selling its policies, not with the substance of the policies themselves. That’s why you’re suddenly seeing calls for Axelrod to be fired and why House Democrats can’t stop screeching about Gibbs’s innocuous admission over the weekend that their congressional majority might — might — be in jeopardy. Liberal programs are, as always, winners on the merits; if voters oppose them passionately, to the tune of 57 percent supporting Arizona’s new law and another 17 percent saying the law doesn’t go far enough, it is and can only be poor “messaging” that’s making them react that way. And what if it looks like the White House can’t get the bugs in the message worked out before November? Well, then it’s time to run away from the administration and, if need be, onto the enemy’s flagship cable news network for the ritual self-distancing. Message from Ann Kirkpatrick to her fellow Dems: Save yourselves.
DeMint and Vitter are actually planning to introduce an amendment that would stop the DOJ suit against Arizona, but I can’t tell from JD’s press release how that would work legally. Presumably it would seek to deny federal courts jurisdiction over federal/state immigration squabbles, although whether that would be constitutional when there are issues like preemption on the table is unclear to me. A fine bit of retail politics, regardless. Exit question via Ace: If the DOJ’s worried about states going rogue on immigration law, why not file suit against sanctuary cities too?