Immigration Law Breathes Life Into Brewer's Re-Election CampaignImmigration enforcement is really popular with American voters, although less so with the media, and with businessmen who donate to politicians.
By Katie Cobb FoxNews.com Published June 12, 2010
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010, after a private meeting with President Barack Obama. (AP)
Only nine months ago, politically speaking, Jan Brewer had flatlined; the Arizona governor's approval rating was at 22 percent. And as recently as three months ago, a Rasmussen poll of likely voters showed her trailing her likely opponent, state Attorney General Terry Goddard, by nearly 10 points in the runup to November's gubernatorial election.
But voters in the Grand Canyon State have been singing a different tune since April, when Brewer signed SB1070 — the state immigration law that has become the focus of a national controversy.[More]
[I]n the early 1970s, it was commonly said that if Britain had had the U.S. system, with popular-vote primaries, Powell would have become President. No-one ever denied he had overwhelming popular support.
Now, in the U.S. with all its primaries, presidential candidates are afraid to raise the immigration issue.
The real lesson of Powellâ€™s career: come on in, boys, the waterâ€™s fine.