The estimate of the magnitude of the seismic shock to American politics represented by the defeat
of S.1639 â€“ the Amnesty/Immigration Surge Bill â€“ grows with the news flow. On Tuesday I evaluated the spectacle of a penitent (and very guilty
) Jonah Goldberg trying to rebuild his credentials by using his MSM privileges to publish a column good enough
. The previous day Arizona Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano signed what is said to be a severe measure interdicting illegal immigrant employment in the state:
Arizona leads the nation in population growth. More illegal immigrants cross its border than any other in the United States. Now, in an apparent backlash to those trends, the state is leading the charge to halt illegal immigration by cracking down on employersâ€¦ As of April, 40 other states had introduced 199 bills related to employment of undocumented... Although Arizona`s new law is apparently the harshest so far, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Tennessee, and West Virginia are still in the process of enacting legislation to force employers to verify their workers` legal status
(Employers feel heat on immigration By Faye Bowers The Christian Science Monitor July 5 2007
Although none of the news accounts bother to mention it, this is a huge shift for Napolitano. Almost exactly four years ago she enraged Joe Guzzardi by making a circus
of a pro-illegal veto:
On June 26, Napolitano, in front of a cheering Hispanic audience at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual convention, vetoed H.B. 2345, a bill that would have required voters to show identification at polling places.Napolitano, seizing a photo-op, brought her red â€?VETOâ€? stamp to the meeting to delight the partisan crowd as she killed the bill.
And although subsequently she has sometimes taken to wearing camouflage
, her true inclinations have remained visible
- including as recently as this Spring
Without a doubt, the upheaval in Washington looked too likely to engulf even state politicians for Napolitanoâ€™s nerves.
(Why is it that Arizonaâ€™s Bill received extensive national coverage, whereas Oklahomaâ€™s earlier measure was barely mentioned
? Could it be that publicizing Oklahomaâ€™s measure might have added momentum to the Patriotic cause, whereas featuring Napolitanoâ€™s switch (without calling it that, of course) is damage control for a Democratic favorite?)