Proving once more that the anti-Arpaio march that went down this weekend in Phoenix has, um, legs, both the Huffington Post and the New York Times editorial board have put their respective two cents in on the Zack de la Rocha-led anti-Arpaio protest.
The Huffington Post had a two-woman film crew on the ground during the event, and they were getting advice and technical assistance from -- guess who? -- the man the nativists love to hate, Dennis Gilman! Heh. Gilman goes Hollywood. It's about damn time.
You can watch the Huffington team's video coverage of the march, here.
The Gray Lady's commentary, "Who's Running Immigration?" turns the screws both on President Obama and DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, using Saturday's demo to show that change has not come to the issue of immigration as quickly as it's advanced on other corners of American democracy.
"President Obama has repeatedly promised to take a smarter path [on immigration]," reads the opinion piece. "But if he and the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, are making a clean break with the Bush way on immigration, we haven't seen it yet. That shambling machinery lurches on."
The Phoenix demo then becomes an example of much to be done on the part of the Obama-ites.
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Regarding the march, the editorial states:
"Thousands stood up to the feared sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, who has brutally misused his powers under a program called 287(g). It enlists local police as immigration enforcers. He has terrorized Latino neighborhoods with relentless sweeps and has paraded shackled immigrants through the streets.
"When she was the Arizona governor, Ms. Napolitano was an outspoken supporter of delegating neglected federal immigration duties to local authorities. Sheriff Arpaio is an example of that concept run amok. He has seldom been challenged as forcefully as he was on Saturday -- not by government but by a dogged organizer, Salvador Reza, a few clergy members and politicians and thousands of people who dared to say: Enough."
Get that? The top dogs of the Fourth Estate are over their infatuation with Nappy. Now they want results, and the Napster is suddenly afloat in a world where what passed for middle-of-the-road in Arizona, looks way too conservative to the new regime. We've always known that Napolitano would never go after Arpaio's 287(g) program on her own. But it's increasingly beginning to seem that suspending Arpaio's 287(g) agreement with the feds will be necessary for Nappy's survival in the top post at DHS.