A victory for the administration, but another pyrrhic one?
A judge in Phoenix blocked key parts of Arizona’s immigration law just hours before it was to take effect today, supporting a legal challenge from the Justice Department. The decision is likely to boost Obama’s standing among Hispanics, who have been disenchanted by his failure to keep his promises on immigration reform. But just like the president’s victories on healthcare and financial reform, this looks like another triumph which may take some selling to the American public. Not only will Obama’s Republican and Tea Party foes be further energized, but opinion polls show Arizona’s law was supported by most Americans.
Elsewhere, New Jerseyites in the newsroom were disappointed today that Obama only ordered half a Super Sub at Tastee’s famous sandwich shop in Edison. “When I was 20, I could order a 12-inch,” the president said. “I’m turning 49 next week, which means just a half.”
But I am reassured by my colleagues this is not another arugula moment, when Obama was called elitist for complaining about the price of the salad green at upmarket store Whole Foods to an audience of Iowa farmers. Nor does this match John Kerry’s ridiculed attempt to order Swiss cheese with his Philly cheesesteak in 2003.
Obama, let’s not forget, took Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Arlington institution Ray’s Hell Burger in June, and he did at least take his sub today “with everything” because he heard that “is the way to go.” Given his wife’s public campaign against obesity, maybe this was one compromise the president was right to make.
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Key parts of Arizona anti-immigration law blocked
A judge blocked key parts of Arizona’s tough new immigration law hours before it was to take effect, handing a victory to the Obama administration as it tries to take control over the issue.