I like to think we can finally put to rest the Real RepublicansTM concerns that the Governator is a RINO. If you can judge a man by his enemies, here’s what Hispanic race-baiter Larry “Nativo” Lopez had to say about Schwarzenegger’s praise of the Minutemen:
“I think we’re seeing the real Arnold Schwarzenegger. The mask has now fallen,” said Nativo V. Lopez, state national president of the Mexican American Political Assn. “Those of immigrant stock should have no illusions about what his real sentiments and feelings are toward them.”
Uh-oh. I’m of immigrant stock myself. Worse, most of that stock is European – the same continent the Governator hated enough to leave himself. I guess I’d better watch my back.
Meanwhile, Heckle and Jeckle proved that old saying about stopped clocks, securing a promise from our non-RINO Governor that the President has some ‘splainin’ to do:
Asked by the hosts of the “John and Ken Show” why Bush called the volunteers vigilantes, Schwarzenegger said: “I really cannot tell you exactly what his thinking is. I’m sure he’s trying to solve the problem as well as anyone can. And he maybe has more information than you and I have. Why he has a policy about the border the way he has, I don’t know. I’ve not had that conversation with him.
“But the next time I see him, I will have that conversation.”
UPDATE: True to form, Professor Bainbridge accuses the Governator of “pulling a Pete” by opposing illegal activity. Perhaps he forgot that Pete himself got handily re-elected that way. Banbridge also links approvingly to President Bush’s slander of the Minutemen as “vigilantes,” and calls everyone who supports secure borders a nativist (!), a racist and a nut. Yawn. But a courtesey heh for the unintentional irony in using a term like “nativist” to describe an individual who isn’t even a native.
UPDATE x2: The Puppyblender has a much more sensible take on legal vs. illegal immigration (hint: they’re not the same).