On June 8, Hillary Clinton appeared
on Ecuadorean television saying
the Justice Department was "bringing a lawsuit against" Arizona's
controversial immigration law. The interview went largely under the
radar until Thursday when a right-wing blogger posted a video
of the broadcast. The post made a big
splash because, officially, the Justice Department is merely reviewing
the law (though a federal
challenge has been rumored
unsurprisingly, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is not happy. She issued the
This is no way to
treat the people of Arizona... To learn of this lawsuit through an
Ecuadorean interview with the Secretary of State is just outrageous. If
our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal
immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it
informs the citizens of another nation.
But is the Obama
administration really going to go through with it? A handful of
conservatives think not:
- Clinton's Bluffing, writes
John McCormack at The Weekly
Standard: "I'm a bit skeptical that the Obama administration will
actually follow through on this lawsuit. A new Washington
Post/ABC poll out today shows that American voters support the
Arizona immigration law 58% to 41%."
- A Lawsuit Is
Counter-intuitive, writes Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: "This
may not surprise most people, given the Obama administration’s
rhetorical attacks on the bill. However, those have slacked off
recently as the Gulf oil spill finally began to get more of their
attention than a law-enforcement measure in Arizona. The Deepwater
Horizon disaster may not be the only reason for the White House distance
from the controversy, either. The same
Washington Post/ABC poll with the distorted sample noted last week
shows solid support for the Arizona law."
- Hillary's Statement
Doesn't Add Up, writes DRJ at Patterico's Pontifications: "Everyone
is committed to comprehensive immigration reform if by 'everyone'
Hillary Clinton means 34%
of Americans, because that’s how many people agree with Obama’s
views on immigration. And those resources and staffers Obama said he
would send to Arizona? Sounds like they are more likely to be lawyers
than security for the border."
- Liberal View: No Big Conspiracy Here, It's
Just Politics Instead of
contemplating whether or not the DOJ will go through with a suit, The Guardian's Michael Tomaskey focuses on why Clinton made the remarks and not holder: "I don't
know that there's any big conspiracy behind it... Why Hillary and not
Holder? There's no doubt that the issue affects our relations with Latin
American countries, which have pretty uniformly denounced it. And sure,
it's fair to speculate that politics is a factor here. Clinton is
obviously extremely well-known among Latino voters, and Holder is not.
And she is popular among them. And Obama has been losing
support among Latinos in the last couple of months."
An anonymous source tells CBS
the Obama administration will challenge the law: "A senior administration official tells CBS News that the federal
government will indeed formally challenge the law when Justice
Department lawyers are finished building the case. The official said
Justice is still working on building the case." However, the Justice Department insists "the question of whether to sue is still under consideration."
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