Left wing clown Jonathon Capehart, who plays a “journalist” at the Washington Post and MSNBC, has managed to drag the already low standards of old media even lower with his latest bit of buffoonery which, for Mr. Capehart, is quite an accomplishment. Capehart has written a hit piece on Governor Palin that is most noteworthy for its utter lack of basis in anything approaching reality. He begins his piece with his customary baseless insult:
Showing her trademark reflexive know-nothingness, Sarah Palin declared yesterday, “It’s time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say, ‘We’re all Arizonans now!'”
That would be true if “we” favored a law so flawed that not even the Arizona Association of Police Chiefs supports it.
It’s difficult to tell what Capehart deems to be a sign of “reflexive know-nothingness.” Is it her statement of solidarity with Arizonans who are being victimized by Obama’s refusal to do his job that signifies her “know-nothingness”. Or is it the fact that Capehart has managed to find one organization opposed to the law that, in his mind, somehow verifies his charge? He appears to take issue with her use of the word “we” so I’ll start there.
He is clearly implying that since he found an organization opposed to the law that “we” (meaning the majority of the American people) really don’t favor the law. That’s certainly an interesting exercise in logical contortion. However, for Mr. Capehart the problem is that there is no empirical data to back him up. In fact the overwhelming majority of Americans support the new law. In Arizona, 70% of the public approves of the law and Governor Brewer’s approval rating jumped 16 points after she signed the bill. If Capehart has a point, he’s failing miserably at making it. Significantly, Mr. Capehart also fails to point out that the reason the AAPC opposes the law is because they think illegal immigration is better addressed at the federal level, not because they think it will result in racial profiling as Capehart implies.
While AACOP recognizes immigration as a significant issue in Arizona, we remain strong in our belief that it is an issue most appropriately addressed at the federal level.
Perhaps it’s not his fault. Maybe all those numbers and figures in the polling data are confusing to him. I suppose it’s possible the institution of higher learning which gave him a diploma didn’t emphasize mathematics. Either that or he’s simply learning disabled in that area. In any case it’s obvious that Mr. Capehart either ignored the data or didn’t understand it since what he wrote is so at odds with reality as to be utter nonsense.
Capehart next doubles down on stupidity:
Then Palin went a step further and blamed President Obama for Arizona’s legal lunacy: “And in clear unison we say, ‘Mr. President: Do your job. Secure our border.'”
Good grief. Just a little reading up on the issue should have sprinkled a bit of doubt on her barren mental landscape on this subject. Here, Gov. Palin, read the editorial we wrote that highlights how the law raises the potential for racial profiling and poisons police relations with immigrant communities, to name two areas of concern. And then read this piece from Andres Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald, especially the part about Arizona’s declining crime rate in 2008.
Legal lunacy, Mr. Capehart? Precisely what Capehart considers legal lunacy is unclear. Perhaps the desire by Arizonans to have a secure border? Mr. Capehart appears to be blissfully unaware that it’s the job of the federal government to secure the border. I guess the school Capehart attended didn’t want to teach that complicated civics stuff either. Someone here has a barren mental landscape and it’s not Governor Palin.
In addition to a column by illegal immigration advocate Andres Oppenheimer, Capehart hilariously cites an “editorial” written by the same leftwing loons that gave this buffoon a job as evidence that the law promotes racial profiling. I guess Capehart, like Attorney General Eric Holder, didn’t read the law because if he had, he’d see that racial profiling is specifically banned by the very law Capehart says promotes it:
A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY NOT CONSIDER RACE, COLOR OR NATIONAL ORIGIN IN IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBSECTION EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE UNITED STATES OR ARIZONA CONSTITUTION.
Well, I guess Capeharts education didn’t include reading skills either. Capehart then closes out his piece with the following pronouncement, destined for the ages I’m sure:
What’s needed is comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. But all the sensible solutions have been, are and will continue to be shot down by the Sarah Palin wing of the Republican Party. And as long as some Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill remain fearful of these vocal reactionaries, nothing will get done.
Again, the overwhelming majority of the country wants the border secured before anything else is done. The public is firmly on Governor Palin’s side in the illegal immigration debate, not the side of left wing tools like Jonathon Capehart.