While the current headlines focus on insurgent Tea Party candidates defeating Republican establishment picks in the recent primaries, the real story remains the collapse of the Democrat coalition and the impending Democrat loss of control in Congress.
Much has been written about American voters reacting negatively to the Obama-Reid-Pelosi lurch to the left with the bailouts, the stimulus, the financial “reform” and, most of all, the crazy idea that government can borrow and spend our way to prosperity.
But there is another cause of the Democrats reversal of fortune that is rarely explored by pundits left or right. It is the Obama jihad against Arizona for daring to take action to enforce America’s border with Mexico.
|Cartoon courtesy of Brett Noel|
Arizona’s law, SB 1070, empowered state law enforcement officers in any arrest, traffic stop, or other contact within the scope of their duties to require identification and in the absence of identification to call in federal immigration officials to determine immigration status.
Before this law could even come into affect or be enforced, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denounced the law as “racist” and then had to admit they had never read it.
President Obama likewise denounced the Arizona law and invited Mexican President Calderon to address a joint session of the American Congress and stood by approvingly while the Mexican President chastised Arizona for passing this law.
Even after public opinion polls showed strong majority support for Arizona’s stance on border control and even after horror stories of Mexican drug cartel incursions into Arizona, the President ordered the Justice Department to sue Arizona to invalidate SB 1070.
The latest Rasmussen poll still finds American voters favoring passage of an Arizona style law in their own state by a margin of 59%-41%. And 56% oppose the Obama Administration’s decision to oppose the law in court.
The very idea of an American President suing a state for trying to enforce a federal law that that President refuses to enforce infuriated a significant majority of American voters already frustrated and angry about other actions taken by the Obama Administration.
For example, in Kentucky voters were asked “How angry are you at the current policies of the federal government?” 74% of the respondents were angry (47% very angry) with only 7% being not angry at all.
It isn’t just the debt, the crazy spending, persistent recession and high unemployment; American voters are frustrated by President Obama’s apology tours, bowing to foreign leaders, and now suing a state within his own country for trying to enforce a federal law where widespread public support demands a controlled border.
Consider a specific example in California. Loretta Sanchez represents Congressional District 47 in Orange County, Calif., and was re-elected in 2008 with 69.5% of the vote. In the 2010 election the political terrain looks completely different. Van Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant, is a member of the California State Assembly, the Republican nominee in the Sanchez district, and a border control advocate.
According to Sanchez in an interview done on September 12 on Univision, the race is within 2-3 points. In that same interview, Sanchez appears to be playing the race card desperately calling Van Tran “very anti-immigration and very anti-Hispanic.”
Desperate Democrats this week trumpeted their latest party line—that the Tea Party backed Republican nominees (Christine O’Donnell the latest) were “more extreme than the public.” Really? Tea Party-backed Republican Senate candidates Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Joe Miller, and John Boozman are all running ahead of their Democrat rivals. Sharron Angle is within the margin of error against Harry Reid.
And what’s so “extreme” about running on a platform of restoring constitutional government and balanced budgets and free market solutions? What an increasing majority of Americans see as extreme is the “transformation of America” into a Big Government nanny state which, if Michelle Obama gets her way, will dictate the content of the menu at your favorite restaurant.
Then I heard the spin that independent voters are not going to buy the grassroots, Tea Party candidates that are winning Republican primaries all over the country.
But it is precisely the independent voters who are most abandoning the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda. In Florida’s Senate race, for example, Tea Party backed Republican Marco Rubio leads the so-called “Independent” Charlie Crist among independent voters 38% to 36% with the Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek getting just 16 % of the independent vote.
In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer will be re-elected by at least two thirds of the voters, including independents, even if she never debates her opponent again.
Message to the ruling elites and power brokers of both political parties: Americans are fed up with total Democratic Party control of the federal government and so far the Republican Party elites don’t have any better ideas. The good ideas and a new wave of candidates are coming up from the people to challenge both parties. This “wave” election could become a tidal wave.