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Ariz. immigration bill author hints that Obama's opposition is race-based

Kris Kobach, a former Homeland Security lawyer for the Bush administration who helped draft Arizona's immigration bill while running for Kansas secretary of state, goes there in a Washington Times op-ed.

Mr. Obama's reaction was true to form. Just as with the Cambridge, Mass., arrest fiasco last year, he rushed to the microphone without knowing the facts in order to stir up and capitalize on accusations of racial profiling.

That's really not how I remember the gaffe that led to the "beer summit." The president was asked by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times what he thought of the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, an iconic African American Harvard professor and friend of the president (and editor of Washington Post Media's The Root Web site). He said police had "acted stupidly." It was a disaster, not a "capitalization."

Michael Steele is hitting a similar note today, accusing Obama of playing the race card with his video encouraging blacks and Hispanics to vote in 2010. But it's really something to hear the co-author of the Arizona bill swing this club.

By David Weigel  |  April 28, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Immigration  
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