Arizona suit: Dividing America – but differently?

by Ken Feltman

The conventional wisdom in Washington is that the federal government’s lawsuit against Arizona is over immigration law and policy. That may not be the most important lesson to draw.

As we study focus groups and participants’ comments, we find issues that the pundits and politicians in Washington may misunderstand. For example, the New York mosque is coming to symbolize President Obama’s tendency to say one thing today and then issue a “sort of” retraction another day. The damage to Obama concerns his tendency to equivocate, not his stance on the mosque.

Some issues zip along under Washington’s radar. The current example is the lawsuit by the Justice Department against Arizona. Regardless of their stance on the merits of the suit, voters do not like the fact that the federal government sued Arizona.

Washington is filled with lawyers. Recourse to the courts seems natural to them. Many people across the United States disagree. They seem to see the suit against Arizona as signifying a “we-they” split, with Washington on one side and the states and individual citizens on the other. Increasingly, average Americans may be coming to the conclusion that the federal government is the enemy.

This is shown in comments that Radnor has posted on I Said. You can see comments from several recent focus groups and some townhall meetings across the U.S.

You may click here to review the comments.

No matter how the legal arguments turn out, the Obama Administration seems to have put more distance between government and the governed.

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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2 Responses to Arizona suit: Dividing America – but differently?

  1. Alexander says:

    What Obama and the Democrats are doing to Arizona is criminal

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