“Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs,’ ” Bredesen said. “And all of a sudden we have immigration going on.”
He added, “It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.”
More from the New York Times article:
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico praised the Justice Department’s lawsuit, saying his fellow Democrats’ concerns were “misguided.”
“Policy-wise it makes sense,” said Mr. Richardson, who is Hispanic and who leaves office this year on term limits, “and Obama is popular with Hispanic voters and this is going to be a popular move with them nationally.”
But Mr. Bredesen said that in Tennessee, where the governor’s race will be tight this year, Democratic candidates were already on the defensive about the federal health care overhaul, and the suit against Arizona further weakened them. In Tennessee, he said, Democratic candidates are already “disavowing” the immigration lawsuit.
“Maybe you do that when you’re strong,” he said of the suit, “and not when there’s an election looming out there.”
You always can count on Bredesen to act just like his role model Bobby Kennedy. Because you know RFK would have rolled over for all the little anti-immigration bigots all over America if it made political sense. Kennedy's friend César Chávez would have been all for Arizona's law too.
Fox News really loved Bredesen's comments. The headline: "Governors: Obama's Immigration Suit Is 'Toxic.' " Has it occurred to Bredesen that it's also not especially helpful for Democrats politically for a certain Democratic governor to publicly undermine the president constantly because he likes to see his name in the New York Times?