So far the government’s case against Arizona is going about as well as their case for the drilling moratorium:
“Why can’t Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish to people who have entered or remained in the United States?” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton asked in a pointed exchange with Deputy Solicitor General Edwin S. Kneedler. Her comment came during a rare federal court hearing in the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R).
Bolton, a Democratic appointee, also questioned a core part of the Justice Department’s argument that she should declare the law unconstitutional: that it is “preempted” by federal law because immigration enforcement is an exclusive federal prerogative.
“How is there a preemption issue?” the judge asked. “I understand there may be other issues, but you’re arguing preemption. Where is the preemption if everybody who is arrested for some crime has their immigration status checked?”
Writes Ed Morrissey: “Based on the initial reactions of Bolton, the White House may get laughed out of court more quickly than first thought.”
Obama is his own worst enemy — he obviously believed all the “walk on water” press clippings he got from the Obamaniacle media and figured the courts would buy into it too. So far it doesn’t seem to be turning out that way.
In the meantime, Jan Brewer has a 19 point lead in the Arizona governor’s race.
Gallup’s 2010 “favorability ratings” are out, and Bill Clinton takes second only to Michelle Obama (clearly Hillary wasn’t included in Gallup’s polling sample):
What catches my eye is that 4% of people have never heard of Barack Obama or George W. Bush, 5% have never heard of Bill Clinton and 8% have never heard of Al Gore (I guarantee that none of that 8% are hotel message therapists). Only 1% have never heard of Michelle Obama, meaning that about 3% of those polled know who Michelle Obama is but not Barack Obama — how exactly does that happen?
Obama has some catching up to do to gain on Clinton. Four words of advice for The One if he’s interested in gaining some ground on Bubba: Chubby intern, blow job.
All morning many talking heads, pundits and whatnot have been pointing the finger of blame at Fox News and Breitbart for the firing of Shirley “once was lost but now I’m found” Sherrod.
Some are even encouraging her to sue Fox News and Breitbart. Feel free to debate the merits of slander lawsuits for cases involving the speech context of public officials, but what we’re talking about here is Sherrod’s firing.
The question not enough people are asking is that, if the claim that Fox News and Breitbart got Sherrod fired are true, what the hell is the Federal Government doing basing their firings on stories from Fox News and a conservative website?
In any case, Sherrod’s now being compared to Nelson Mandela for the agonizing day and a half she suffered as an abused political prisoner, so I’m guessing she’ll have plenty of job offers — maybe even from Fox News, you never know.
From the “if Sarah Palin said this it would be Katie Couric’s lead story” file, Harry Reid recently took to the Senate floor to defend the auto industry bailout, and said that without it, Ford would probably be out of business today.
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “Isn’t it a good thing today in America that we have an automobile manufacturing sector? If it had been up to them [Republicans], General Motors would be gone. If it were up to them, Ford Motor Company would probably be gone. Chrysler definitely would be gone.”
And hopefully in November Harry Reid will be gone.
Update: In comments, somebody suggested that what Reid was saying is that if the government hadn’t bailed out Chrysler and GM, that Ford would have also gone under. Don’t you love how Harry Reid sets the government up as the savior of private industry and that if all businesses can’t survive the natural selection process of the free market, none of them can? “We may someday have to bail out Pepsi in order to save Coca Cola!”
If Ford was indeed about to go under, they would have jumped on the bailout wagon, but they didn’t. Why? Because they didn’t want their hands forever tied by the Obama administration. Ford didn’t get a bailout because A) they didn’t need one, and B) they wanted to stay in business on their own terms. I doubt Ford would be any more concerned that two of their major competitors went under than McDonalds would be if Burger King and Wendy’s went out of business.
More BS from Reid, but it’s too bad that he’s able to take advantage of the apparently woeful economic IQ of so many voters.
Warning: Don’t read this story if you just ate lunch:
Former Vice President Al Gore has been hit by new allegations of sexual assault. This time, it’s two more massage therapists bringing the charges.
The former VP is already in hot water, fighting abuse claims in Portland, where another masseuse said Gore groped her in ’06 and asked her to perform a “chakra release” (massage-speak for “hand job”.) He denies everything.
The new allegations are said to have taken place at two hotels – one in Beverly Hills in 2007, when Gore was in Hollywood for the Oscars, the other in Tokyo in 2008.
A source from the luxury hotel in Beverly Hills told The Enquirer: “The therapist claimed that when they were alone, Gore shrugged off a towel and stood naked in front of her.” He then propositioned her for a sexual act, according to The Enquirer.
I’m guessing Al’s having trouble getting hotel masseuses to his room these days.
An accident that polluted the Gulf of Mexico and possibly negotiating to speed up the release of the Lockerbie bomber in order to get oil contracts from Libya? The latter has yet to be proven, so we’ll see where it leads, but I can think of better years as far as public relations goes:
Senior American senators have written to BP to demand it hand over records detailing how the firm lobbied the British government in the run-up to the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
The request came after BP issued a statement confirming it had spoken to government in 2007 about the “slow progress” being made in negotiating a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya.
The senators said that the American public deserved to know whether “justice and punishment for terrorism took a back seat to back-room deals for an oil contract”.
It is understood that the firm has minutes of two telephone conversations between Sir Mark Allen, a former senior MI6 official who is now an adviser to BP, and Jack Straw, the former Justice Secretary. There is also a private letter between the pair.
Within months of these communications, the Government agreed to a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya which paved the way for Abdel Basset al-Megrahi to be sent back to Tripoli.
BP has since won valuable oil contracts in Libya and is poised to begin deepwater drilling in the country next month. It is estimated the deal could be worth $20 billion.
Keep in mind that this is being pushed in part by one of the biggest chest-thumping attention-whores in the Senate, Charles Schumer, along with Democrats Frank Lautenberg, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bob Menendez.
That doesn’t mean it’s not true — it just means that I’m a little more skeptical given the source, but we’ll see.