The speculation is now pouring in on the impact of Arizona’s new immigration law — which has been called “draconian” by some analysts. (One immigration attorney who calls it draconian quips “Wake up and smell the teabags..) One of the most interesting predictions comes from an analyst whose audience and bosses may not be too pleased since he didn’t say what they wanted to hear in advance (realizing that in today’s news many news consumers only like news that they already agree with before they hear or read it and opinion that they already agree with since that’s considered objective and if they don’t agree with it it’s part of a partisan slant).
The analyst: Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano who predicts Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to sign the law will bankrupt the state of Arizona and the Republican party. GO HERE for the full account and a video.
Many on TMV have been offering excellent perspectives on this new law. Here are a few more points to consider:
In the end it’ll come down to this: Yes. Most Americans don’t like the present situation. They want some kind of change.
So — as the debate now unfolds over whether the Arizona law is draconian or common sense — which side will overstep? Which side will have the bigger “silent majority?”
If the experience of Republicans in California is any indication, the GOP has more to lose now than the Democrats as this issue noisily unfolds.
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