|GOP needs fighters like Palin & Brewer...|
There's a lot of heavy lifting to do in this election and by carpet-bombing all his primary opponents into the stone age, Mr. Romney assured us that he was "severely conservative" and that he was up to the task.
Many of us still don't believe that. And, quite frankly, the stakes are too high in this election to miss the chance to unseat the radical socialist community organizer and Jihad appeaser that resides in the White House to just give up.
The latest evidence for a limp Cowardly RINO lovefest of a Romney fall campaign came in the form of Mr. Romney's response to the Supreme Court ruling and subsequent actions by the federal government to cut Arizona off at the knees.
The Supreme Court's decision, which was Chief Justice John Roberts' liberal coming out party as he sided with the rabid leftists against states' rights, struck down several key portions of the Arizona Border Security law that so frightens the law-averse Obama administration.
Governor Jan Brewer showed her considerable tenacity when she declared it a victory for maintaining the key and most controversial provision in the law: ability of law enforcement to check immigration status of folks stopped for other reasons. She could teach Mr. Romney a thing or two about fighting like a girl.
Immediately after the decision was announced, sensing a new advantage, Obama's Homeland Security Department led by the hapless see-no-illegals-hear-no-terrorism Secretary Janet Napolitano immediately cut ties with Arizona law enforcement via the 287(g) task force agreements. If you are like me then you've never even heard of this alpha-numerical legalese. Apparently this allows the ICE and federal law enforcement to work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement on issues of immigration and residence status. Apparently, after the Supreme Court ruling, the befuddled Janet Napolitano decided that they would no longer be helping the state of Arizona to defend its border. So, in other words, Arizona can still check immigration status, but they just won't get a smidgen of support or cooperation from the federal authorities (who are the folks actually charged with securing the border.)
|Nobody puts Janny in a corner Mister...|
Those are fighting words and searing rhetoric that would make Mitt Romney blush.
To quote the breakfast of scorpions consumer:
“This continued assault on the state of Arizona in regards to illegal immigration has been totally unfortunate. The bottom line is that the feds need to step up and do their job and secure our border so we can work on other issues that are a result of the borders not being secured."The bold mama grizzly governor who famously wagged her finger in Obama's face continued:
"They rescinded the 287(g) for all law enforcement in the state of Arizona immediately after this ruling came out. They’re taking away the ability for us to work hand in hand with ICE. So now instead of being able to access the [citizenship] database we’re going to have to call in and go through ICE to verify if somebody’s illegally in the state or not. That’s an assault on Arizona. And it was only rescinded in the State of Arizona.”When questioned about the situation, the best Mitt Romney could come up with was platitudes about giving states more latitude to deal with their problems:
“Today’s decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this President. I believe that each state has the duty–and the right–to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities. As Candidate Obama, he promised to present an immigration plan during his first year in office. But 4 years later, we are still waiting.”Well, at least it wasn't "We can't have illegals, I'm running for office for Pete's sake..."
What Governor Romney says in the above pithy statement is fine if he is a syndicated columnist or member of the regular DC cocktail circuit elite walking the tightrope of alleged ideological conviction and desire for adulation by the in crowd. For a presidential candidate it is a bit timid.
First, it really isn't the job of the states to secure the national border. Arizona is doing this out of necessity because the federal government has failed to protect its citizens. It really is the responsibility of the federal government. He talks generically about "immigration policy" without specific reference to border security. It is true that Obama has failed to lead on immigration policy. It is more pressing, particularly in the case of Arizona, that he hasn't secured the border and now even refuses to assist Arizona in doing so. He needs to take his argument to the next level. This is not just a failure to lead, this is dereliction of duty and as Governor Brewer suggests, an all out "War on Arizona."
He also fails to chide the Supreme Court for their apparent lack of understanding or outright disdain for states' rights. Apparently he must be pandering for the Supreme Court demographic voting group.
Mitt Romney was handed an opportunity to win some of us looking for a fighter into his camp and he chose to speak in vague generalities. He didn't stand with Governor Brewer who is, as Justice Scalia cited literally "under siege" both by the flood of illegal immigrants into Arizona and from the federal government entrusted to protect her state. He chose to theoretically agree with her without ruffling feathers.
The American people need someone to ruffle some feathers.
As a result of this banal RINOspeak, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes told Mitt Romney to "Man up!"
This is our problem. Time and time again the GOP fails to step into the arena and instead cowers in the corner hoping for a miracle. It's the same thing that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rightly identified about the GOP: That they too often have the fighting instinct of sheep. They are also often coached by GOP operatives who have the fighting instinct of "Mr. Snuffalupagus."
This is why when the former governor traveled into the belly of the beast to stand with Governor Walker and boldly declared "Game on" to the president, she encouraged tea party Americans and independent conservatives to teach the GOP to learn to "fight like a girl."
Governor Brewer and Governor Palin are glaring examples of what kind of tenacious fighters the conservative movement need to combat the vast Obamamania behemoth in November. Instead, as Mr. Obama prepares to "bring a gun to a knife fight" in November, Mitt Romney prepares to ditch the knife and bring flowers, hearts and rainbows.
It may already be too late for Mitt Romney to win over conservatives in November. And certainly, his spotty record of two positions on virtually every issue may have already done him in. If he wants to win this election he needs to learn to fight like a girl. If not, he needs to get out of the way and let someone willing to lead to take the reigns.