These Democrat Governors really don’t want the White House to address anything regarding immigration, a topic they consider “toxic,” at this juncture. They’d like the President to focus on the economy instead.
President Obama’s legal attack upon Arizona and the American people scares the shit out of them and they’re no longer willing to follow The One in blind and silent lock-step anymore.
As reported by Fox News:
Democratic governors expressed “grave” concerns to White House officials this weekend about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, warning it could cost the party in crucial elections this fall, The New York Times reported late Sunday.
The closed-door meeting took place at the National Governors Association in Boston on Saturday, according to two unnamed governors who spoke to the Times.
“Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs, and all of a sudden we have immigration going on,'” Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat, was quoted as saying. “It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.”
The Arizona law, which is facing a U.S. Justice Department challenge, requires police to question people about their immigration status while enforcing other laws if there’s reason to suspect someone is in the country illegally.
“I might have chosen both a different tack and a different time,” Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. of Colorado, a Democrat, was quoted by the Times as saying. “This is an issue that divides us politically, and I’m hopeful that their strategy doesn’t do that in a way that makes it more difficult for candidates to get elected, particularly in the West.”
Of course it’s sadly typical that these Democrat Governors’ “grave” concerns are over how President Obama’s attack upon Arizona will affect their and other Dems’ election / re-election chances instead of over how such an attack, especially if successful, will negatively impact the safety and security of the men, women, and children of America, or over how it is an attempt to usurp greater authority for the federal government.
Don’t get me wrong though; this isn’t a purely Democrat failing. Placing their own continued employment in political office over the needs of the nation is a common failing of politicians from both parties in America. The Democrats are just a bit more brazen when it comes to speaking of it.