The Obama administration has achieved a temporary success in their battle against Arizona's new racist anti-immigration law.
This will be the cue for right wing commentators everywhere to go bat shit crazy.
Judge Susan Bolton granted a preliminary injunction which prevents implementation of two main elements of the legislation: the requirement that police determine the immigration status of people they arrest or question should they suspect them of being illegal, and the part of the new law that would make it a state crime for a foreigner to be in Arizona without registration papers.
The injunction will hold, Bolton said, until the courts have considered a lawsuit against Arizona by the federal government that seeks permanently to block the new law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
The temporary and partial reprieve marks success, in the short term at least, of attempts by the Obama administration to maintain federal control of immigration policy, against efforts by states, led by Arizona, to take the matter into their own hands. Several states have expressed support for Arizona's legislation that was due to come into effect today.
Come November, this particular moment of happiness is going to smack him again. For now, he just doesn’t realize that this injunction he thinks is in his favor isn’t going to work out as he would have liked. That hasn’t stopped the left from celebrating, but they won’t be happy for long.The strangest thing about right wingers is that they always imagine that their prejudices are universally felt and that electoral disaster will befall any regime which dares to oppose them.
It's this same mindset which allows the Tea Party protesters to imagine that an election which produced Obama was somehow an aberration and that the country must instantly be experiencing buyers remorse, which is why they take to the streets demanding "their" country back.
It's why for weeks after the election we were constantly being told that the United States was "a centre right country" and the Democrats might have won, but they must govern as if the Republicans had won.
Of course the opposite applies to the Republicans according to right wing "logic", as they must be pushed ever further to the right.
You see, you can be too left wing in "a centre right country", but there appears to be no such thing as too right wing.
Our job this year as conservatives is to put some distance between us and the left. In doing so, it is our job to push the Senate Republican to the right. Every inch counts when dealing with 100 senators and 40 or 50 Republicans.
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