I've been waiting all morning for someone to post a copy of the Daily Show segment on Paul Hackett, from last night's show and, as usual, Crooks and Liars delivers the goods. You can find the video in either quicktime or windows media formats. The piece was definitely a collaboration between Hackett and The Daily Show, and it covers a lot of good ground on the self-destructive tendencies of Democratic consultants and the establishment Dems who employ them.
Atrios put up a quote from Ed Helms that was one of my favorites. Helms was responding to a Dem consultant who said that the Democrat's best weapon might be the fact that Republicans are screwing up so badly. Helms responded:
I got mugged the other day... and this bum was beating me with a bottle. And I said, you know what? I'm going to sit back and wait for him to accidentally hit himself with the bottle. Sure enough, he did! I mean, I was unconscious, but I think I won that battle.
Three simple images. Dora, Eric from Chips, and a serial killer. Now guess – who looks “reasonably suspicious” of not having papers and therefore should be stopped and questioned by the Arizona police as per it’s new law, SB1070?
That’s the question Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked on the show last night, referencing the images above. Calling out the “draconian new immigration law” for being an affront to democracy by requiring people to carry their documents on them, he likened it to a time in the pre-civil rights era when newly freed black slaves were required to carry IDs. Jokes apart, the staged sketch gave us a little taste of what life could be like if SB1070 was, in fact, enforced in Arizona. It was the same question posed to Governor Jan Brewer, when signing the bill into law, to which she replied, “I don’t know what an undocumented immigrant looks like?”
Confusion around the bill is rife. In an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, co-sponsor of the bill Senator Huppenthal agreed that it would be racial profiling were officers to check the status of someone based on “reasonable suspicion”, thereby going against the statute of the bill that he signed into law. About 8 mins. into the clip, Chris Matthews asksSenator Huppenthal -
Under the law you passed and was signed by the governor this week, can a police officer who spots a car with five or six people in it, who he thinks because of instinct, experience, whatever, evidence, whatever you use— can he stop that car and say, I think these people are here illegally, I‘m going to stop and check them? Can he under the law do that, without any crime involved? Can he do that?
After hedging the question, Senator Huppenthal answered-
You know, the racial profiling was illegal before this bill. It‘s illegal after it. The bill itself makes it illegal…No, he cannot. That would be – that would just simply be racial profiling, and that would not be permitted under the law.
SB1070 is going to have ripple effects. For the state of Arizona, for its potential copycat effect across the nation, and for the ideals of equality and justice. Take action now and stop this dangerous law from being implemented.