My latest frustration stems from the media giving John McCain another free pass on Arizona’s newest immigration law, which I remind everyone has yet to go into effect.
On April 19th, the Phoenix Business Journal asked John McCain for comments on Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070. Here was his response:
“I think it’s a good tool,” McCain said during a conference call with reporters when asked about the bill. “It’s a tool that needs to be used.”
(Is it a good tool or perhaps, a good law?)
The title of the article, “McCain voices support for immigrant trespassing bill,” let the reader to believe that McCain supports the legislation. However, reading further into the article, Mike Sunnucks continues:
McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said the senator was not officially endorsing the trespassing bill in his comments, but was saying he understood Arizonans’ frustration with the lack of federal resources dedicated to dealing immigration and border security.
Did you catch that? McCain says he thinks its a good tool and then has one of his staffers deny he was endorsing the bill. To borrow a quote from our senior senator, even I was “misled.” (Read my earlier post.)
Back to the title of my post. Did Mike Sunnucks ever ask John McCain directly if he supported or would have even voted for the legislation? Sadly, I don’t think Sunnucks had the courage to press the question.
On Tuesday, April 27th, John McCain went on Sean Hannity’s television show to discuss Arizona’s newest immigration law. Hannity posed the following question to McCain:
Senator, as we were discussing earlier tonight, this bill which obviously you support has been compared to a form of terrorism, Nazi Germany, Jim Crow. People are calling for a boycott. I mentioned people calling for the burning of the city of Phoenix for crying out loud.
What is your reaction to people saying this? And obviously there’s been a misinterpretation of the bill. What is your reaction of — what they’re saying about it?
John McCain responded with the following answer:
Look, this is not a perfect solution. If I had written the bill, obviously it might have been somewhat different.
Then, last Friday, Greta Van Susteren had John McCain on her show as the so-called authority on border security and illegal immigration. According to the video and transcript, Greta asked McCain the following question:
There are many people — not so many, I guess, in Arizona, but certainly outside the state of Arizona giving Arizona an awful lot of heat over this statute that’s been passed and that Governor Brewer has signed into law. What’s your thought about the federal government and the state government in this battle over immigration?
John McCain responded in this fashion:
So my answer is that this law I probably would have written a little differently.
Is anyone picking up on this? McCain’s response is to thread the needle on this issue. Wonder why Somos Republicanos has been so silent lately? John McCain’s special interest group partner which has been pushing for “comprehensive immigration reform” is suddenly quiet voicing no opposition to McCain’s facade of support for the law. Could it be that he quietly reassured them that he actually does not support the law?
Why has Somos Republicans voiced adamant opposition to the law but has yet to utter an ill word toward John McCain?
The answer is that John McCain does NOT support Arizona’s new immigration law.
Where are the professional journalists who are supposed to ask the senior senator the hard questions. Why has no one pressed McCain on whether he actually supports the law? Are they intimidated or infatuated? Where is Howard Fischer when we need him? (Yes, that was a respectful hat tip to Howard Fischer who has always been good about asking the tough questions even when I don’t agree with him.)
John McCain has been using the word “frustration” in all his latest talking points dealing with the issue. He’s correct. We’re all a little frustrated with the situation of illegal immigration. But many conservatives have also been frustrated far too long with John McCain’s position on the issue, his lack of action and most recently, his credibility during this election year.
Disclaimer: I am currently serving on the campaign of JD Hayworth 2010. However, I have been publicly critical of Senator John McCain for several years. If you don’t like what I’ve written here on my blog, you can go elsewhere or start your own blog.