Sadly, McCain has decided to don some steel-toed boots and dance the watusi on the remains of his integrity. Via Politico:
Sen. John McCain praised a tough Arizona anti-immigration bill that will let police arrest people who aren’t carrying identification, the latest move in McCain’s rightward shift in advance of a tough Republican Senate primary this summer.
Under the Arizona law, which passed the state Senate today and sent to Gov. Jan Brewer (R), police can arrest anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are an illegal immigrant. If they’re not carrying a valid driver’s license or identity papers, police can arrest them.
Got that, Dad? If you happen to find yourself in Arizona, better keep your naturalization papers handy. Otherwise, if the police catch you ordering tea in the mid-afternoon, they may toss you in the clink and ship you back to County Durham with nary a "fare-thee-well."
Ha, ha. I'm kidding, of course. My father is white, so I'm sure he can stroll the streets of Tucson with impunity. Somehow, I suspect that "reasonable suspicion" correlates strongly with skin melanin levels.
Why has McCain decided to throw his diminishing weight behind a draconian, flagrantly xenophobic law? Could it be his primary challenge from frothing reactionary J. D. Hayworth?
This is all hilariously short-sighted, of course. The Hispanic population is a growing demographic and voter block, and watching the GOP pander to its nativist base makes me wonder if anyone in the party hopes to launch a credible national campaign over the coming years/decades. But in the meantime, my primary lament is for the remains of John McCain's soul.