April 20, 2010

John McCain is really scrambling this time around, it seems. In this segment on BillO's show, he hammers on the Federal government for not acting rapidly enough to 'secure the borders' while defending Arizona's new Xenophobia Act requiring all immigrants to keep their documents with them for examination at any time by law enforcement. Not content to stop there, he also blames immigrants for engaging in the 'intentional accident' scams.

O'REILLY: Now, next week, the governor is going to sign, we believe, a very stringent state law that gives the police in Arizona very, very broad authority to question people. And a lot of people say it's going to be racial profiling. You're going to look for Hispanics, question them, to see if they're here legally or not. And it's just not fair. And you say why?

MCCAIN: I say that the federal responsibilities have not been fulfilled. Therefore, the states are acting -- the state of Arizona is acting and doing what they feel they need to do in light of the fact that the federal government is not fulfilling its fundamental responsibility to secure our borders. Our borders must be secure.

O'REILLY: But what about the racial profiling? You know that's going to happen has to happen.

MCCAIN: I hope -- I would be very sorry that if some of that happens. And I regret it, but I also regret the -- really, it's not just the murder of Robert Krantz. It's the people whose homes and property are being violated. It's the drive-by that -- the drivers of cars with illegals in it that are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway. Look, our border is not secured. Our citizens are not safe.

Leaving aside the usual double-talk about the Feds from a "small-government" kind of guy, let's take a minute to think about those staged accidents. Here's how they work, usually in heavy traffic:

  • The guy in front of you slams his brakes on after being cut off on the freeway.
  • You slam your brakes on to avoid him, but you can't quite stop fast enough, so your car rear-ends his. Because these accidents are usually staged in heavy traffic, speed at impact tends to be low, but not low enough.
  • The driver you hit has some passengers, and they all claim to have neck pain.
  • You have to file a police report and an insurance claim, they run up medical bills with clinics involved in the scam, and they wait for the insurance settlement to close the deal

One of my kids was the victim of one of these scams. It's not immigrants running these; it's Molly Middle Class and her cronies. Immigrants would not risk arrest by getting involved in something involving lawyers, police reports, and ongoing investigations. They just wouldn't.

But keep it up, almost-President McCain, because I'm sure it plays well with those scared seniors in Arizona and the xenophobic gun-toting, immigrant-hating folks, too. Problem is, JD Hayworth may actually do it better than you.

(h/t Media Matters)

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