They say some folks bear watching…especially those who have the ear of potential presidents. In an election year, particularly one as clearly divisive as Decision 2012 is proving to be, the average American voter should cast an eye toward the persons the nominees seem to be influenced by. It has been said (by Mitt Romney) that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, consults Kris Kobach, a controversial figure who happens to be the author of harsh immigration laws in Arizona, South Carolina, and Alabama, as an advisor in immigration law and policy. In recent years Mr. Kobach has become the leading spokesman of the hardcore anti-immigration movement, and is involved in litigation defending cities and states that adopt laws to discourage illegal immigration. Kobach also played a significant role in the drafting of Arizona SB 1070, which basically passed Supreme Court muster with some minor revisions.
Remember how during the 2008 election cycle, Jeremiah Wright was scrutinized for his closeness to Barack Obama? Much was made of his beliefs and sermons, particularly his recorded comments made after the September 11, 2001 attacks, which were used to question Obama’s patriotism, with the reasoning that Obama had the same beliefs due to their association. The future president subsequently renounced Wright’s statements, but not the Pastor as a person. Now history proves Jeremiah Wright’s theories and anti-Antisemitism did not influence federal policy, but I would bet my bottom dollar that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s opinions on immigration law will. Where Wright shot his mouth off in a thoughtless manner, Kobach is completely different in his approach to his beliefs. Kobach knows the right people, knows how the political machine works, because he IS an insider. This is a smart, slick, accomplished lawyer and politician who already has affected changes in the way the nation treats its undocumented people, a man who has been steadily working at it one state at a time for many years. Now, You tell me who is more influential than a person like that?
Even with the Arizona immigration law still in the news, somehow Kobach does not intrigue the mainstream media, with the exception of The Rachel Maddow Show. Where’s the examination of minutiae like ‘voter caging’? Or a look at his time spent with the Bush administration after the September 11, 2001 attacks? Or an expose on an apparent obsession with ending American states paying the tuition of students of undocumented status ….which is kind of odd when coming from someone lucky enough to be given the Marshall Scholarship by the Court of Saint James in the United Kingdom, to study abroad for to years, isn’t it? I am sure there are some English students who would have loved to attend Oxford for free too.