- The Washington Times - Friday, May 21, 2010

ARIZONA METTLE

Three-fourths of them support their new immigration law and remain loyal to their state, come hell or high water. Arizonans have dug in their boot heels and circled the wagons, even as caterwaul over their legislation continues at the White House, in Congress and on the streets May 29, when Hispanic activists will stage the “National Day of Solidarity” to protest the law, in the Grand Canyon State and elsewhere.

“Arizona voters now support the state’s new immigration law more than ever and are still more inclined to think the law will be good for the state’s economy rather than bad,” says a Rasmussen Reports survey revealing that 71 percent of the voters favor the immigration law - up from 64 percent in April. More than half - 55 percent - are not concerned by President Obama’s repeated warnings that the law could lead to racial profiling.

Some Arizonans are not taking kindly to calls for boycotts of their state, either. About half - 47 percent - say the new immigration law will benefit their economy. Forty percent say Arizona itself should boycott any city, state or organization that boycotts the state. Forty-six percent say they will avoid traveling to any city or state fomenting a boycott. And a stubborn 89 percent simply plan on “staying put” as the situation unfolds.

OIL PRIMER

“Oil Spill Response and Assistance Act” - Republican legislation to increase liability of companies responsible for oil spills to be introduced in the House by Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, who advises, “An environmental tragedy quickly becomes a fiscal tragedy.” The Senate version already has been introduced by Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

“Top Kill”: Technical term for plugging the BP oil leak with heavy mud and concrete, destined to be overused by the press.

“Junk Shot: Technical term for plugging the leak with mud, concrete, hair, golf balls, auto tires and knotted rope. Even a greater press temptation.

10,000: Number of ideas received by BP from the public detailing ways to remedy the leak.

“New Oileans, USA.” - New bumper sticker introduced by zazzle.com

LIBERTARIAN PARADE

Bob Barr and Jeff Davis - a Los Angeles actor, writer and descendant of the Confederacy’s president, Jefferson Davis - are among the speakers for the 2010 Libertarian National Convention, scheduled next week in St. Louis. The nation’s unofficial third party is contentedly going about its business as Republicans and Democrats duke it out.

“We’re seeing tremendous voter antipathy toward the Democratic and Republican parties. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for us,” says chairman William Redpath.

And a burgeoning one, too. There are 632 Libertarian candidates declared for the Nov. 2 elections, including 172 candidates for Congress.

LIGHTS OUT

Aw. They were so turned on. Now their hopes have dimmed. In response to Arizona immigration law, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently called for a boycott of the state, and the enthusiastic City Council agreed by a vote of 13-1. Ironically, Los Angeles receives a quarter of its electricity from Arizona, along with much of its water supply.

“This just shows how ridiculous and hypocritical it is for Los Angeles and other cities to call for a boycott of Arizona,” says Marilyn DeYoung, chairman of Californians for Population Stabilization. “Since the Arizona law incorporates federal standards, Los Angeles should boycott the United States. Mayor Villaraigosa should be consistent and refuse to accept any federal dollars.”

THE KAGAN RUSH

The mills of liberal gods can grind particularly slow at times. Yet those mills are now in Kagan gear - sped up by the prospect of rushing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan through the Senate confirmation process, like, now. Hurry up, chop-chop. Some smell a rat.

“Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy has declared that he intends to proceed to Judiciary Committee hearings on June 28, a little over one month from now, although an estimated 160,000 pages of documents from the Clinton Presidential Library that cover her time of service to the Clinton administration still remain undisclosed,” says Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network.

“This is proof Leahy doesn’t care if our confirmation process continues to be a Senate-facilitated sham. Having hearings before there is time to review Kagan’s record would be laughable even if she weren’t being considered for a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.”

PAPA PANETTA

Things may be a little dicey elsewhere. But CIA Director Leon Panetta is happily into his “people,” says an intelligence source.

“You just have to look at the numbers. Panetta has held all-hands meetings with more than a thousand agency personnel overseas in just over 15 months as director. He’s been in 22 countries. He’s traveled to about 35 CIA locations around the world, and made it a priority to visit officers in the field.” the source says.

“You have to be hands on to lead in Washington and abroad; there’s no way around that. Panetta’s determined to strengthen U.S. ties with other intelligence services - especially those in counterterrorism. And those personal ties mean a freer and better flow of ideas and information.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 5 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats favor “bank bailouts.”

• 25 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats say the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was necessary.

• 15 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats say TARP helped stabilize the economy.

• 85 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats say the government “should never buy” private bank equity.

• 26 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats say TARP will be a success “if money is recouped.”

Source: A Zogby Interactive poll of 2,063 likely voters conducted May 14 to 17

Guffaws, grumbles, glowing reports to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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