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Sarah Palin: Jan Brewer Has 'Cojones' -- Which Obama Lacks -- on Immigration

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a way with words -- even when she uses Spanish. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Palin praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for having the "cojones" to address illegal immigration issues -- an attribute President Obama "does not have."

The former vice presidential candidate was taking aim at Justice Department attempts to block Arizona's controversial new immigration law and attacked the president for not addressing "sanctuary cities" -- where local law enforcement officers are prohibited from asking people about their immigration status. Arizona's law bans sanctuary cities.

The law officially took effect Thursday, though stripped of its most controversial elements by a federal court ruling. Put on hold for now, pending further judicial review, were provisions that required a check of immigration status for anyone stopped by the police under "reasonable suspicion" of unlawful status; made it a state crime to violate federal immigrant registration laws; and made it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work in the state.

Palin's use of the Spanish term for "testicles" -- or "courage," in the vernacular -- has precedents in politics. President George W. Bush used it in the run-up to the Iraq invasion in 2003, according to Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack," when he told an aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair, "Your man has cojones" for supporting the controversial U.S. effort. (The summit with Blair at Camp David was subsequently dubbed "the cojones meeting.")

In fact, Palin isn't even the first female politician to use the term publicly. In 1996, then-Ambassador the United Nations Madeleine Albright used it as well. After Cuban military pilots shot down a civilian plane operated by a Cuban-American exile group, Albright said of the incident: "This is not cojones. This is cowardice."

Also during Sunday's Fox News interview, Palin ripped administration plans to let the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest American expire, saying, "It's idiotic to think about increasing taxes at a time like this."

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georgemotroni

Stealing our jobs? What a joke, these people have come here throughout history to work hard and provide for their families. What jobs are they stealing? strawberry pickers? Dishwashers? The real reason this is an issue, is the fact that the republicans don't really want to do anything about it. If you passed a law tommorow that would fine any company $50,000 for every illegal they hired, there would be no problem. Then again, you would be paying $25 dollars for a head of lettuce or a bunch of stawberries. People have emigrated to this country since its inception, they are the reason this country is great. Unless, that is, you want your son or daughter to grow up to become a dishwasher or farm hand. The republican party is doing it's best to alienate every group in this country except what they consider to be "the real Americans", overly religious, hypocritical, anti-science, anti-gay morons.

September 17 2010 at 6:45 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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lkraus53

well at least part of your tirade is true. the rest is.... well lets just say a few liberties where taken. Yes farm goods would be more expensive, however no where in the range you think. I did however like and agree with at least one sentance, Fine any company 50,000 for every illeagal they hire, this i agree would no doubt cure the problem overnight.

September 18 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
we love mario!!!

Dont you just love Sarah? She seems like a great person. Why doesnt our president just put land mines on the border, just like they did in WWII ? Put signs up mine field ahead, in Spanish and English to warn tresspassers. Put them at least a 25 foot spread on both sides of the border. This president dont have the nerve to do it. He is not very good for our military.

August 03 2010 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
gail and theresa

I really do think the president does want to do more about this issue but his hand are some what tide by his party affileation and the lobbyests he serves. He knows it has to be addressed and I think he's waiting to see what the supreem court does with the Arizona illegal alien law. I know once it gets passed this herdel the president will run with the ball and take the Arizona illegal alien law national, this is the only way he can stop other states from jumping on the band wagon with their own versions of the law. If this happens the supreem court will be tied up for a decade with all these seperate cases and this will cost the tax payers millions of dollars.

August 03 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

President Obama is a politician, first, last and always. He won't do anything about AZ until after the elections. If he speaks out he loses votes either way. If he went supports the Governor and law enforcement officers he would be alienating hispanics, if he says he's going to use amnesty to bring lawbreakers into the fold he's alienating Americans who believe in the rule of law. So, like Palin, says he has no cojones, and will just wait it out.

August 02 2010 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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plansmaker

There is no question Cutie, Obama is banking on all the illegal immigrant votes he can muster this November. Its also known as "vote fraud" that is running rampant in California and Arizona. Majority of Americans supports Arizona Law, Therefore Obama already lost the support of Americans. What remain to be seen is how bad the illegals vote fraud will be this November. In border states like California, anyone can vote with fake driver license. You don't even have to speak English because ballots are available in Spanish.
Obama is banking on the Hispanic votes and those 15-20 million illegals.

August 02 2010 at 11:38 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
zrskm

First of, why all of a sudden illegal immigration became an issue for politicians in AZ? The purported notion that SB 1070 was created to bastion AZ border is a ruse. Yes, we need a comprehensive immigration reform but the shenanigan or even a half-baked senate bill passed in AZ called SB 1070 is politically driven by some cabals in the Arizona state legislature. Not surprising, Jan Brewer wants the legislature to revisit the bill to amend some of the languages.The Governor probe into that possibilities in the aftermath of the ruling which halted most the key aspects of the bill. Thus, I agree with the decision of Susan Bolton to halt some of the critical aspects of the bill as it stands.

August 02 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
plansmaker

Jan Brewer is the national symbol for border security and Barack Obama is the national symbol of border insecurity!...

August 02 2010 at 1:58 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
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Chip Crawford

Except the fact that the Obama adminstration has deported twice as many illegals in the 19 months of his presidency than W did in the last four years of his. He's also sending National Guard troops to the border, something else W never did.

But why let facts get in the way of a good hate-fest.

August 02 2010 at 2:14 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
Bonbon

Love Brewer! Both tough ladies!

August 02 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
BOB MONTMORAN

If any one can not see how ridiculous it is to completely ignor our bourders and allow terrorist, drug trafficers, and undesireables to infiltrate our country then I see little hope that our land of the free and home of the brave can long endure.

August 02 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
plansmaker

She does have balls...

August 02 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
White U.S.Honky

You Go Girl!!!! Become a citizen if you want to live here. Take away all their freebies and see how long they stay. Our schools all over the country are hurting - illegals are only making it worse.

August 02 2010 at 1:43 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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Chip Crawford

Ok, but when you're paying $8/lb for strawberries, apples, broccoli, etc. And the cost of a meals at Mickey D's doubles, and the prices at 7/11 triple, you'll know what caused it.

August 02 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

.legal resident aliens, and seasonal workers pick fruit. Many come across the border every morning in the southwest with lunches, sit on the busses to the fields and work agriculture fields.

August 02 2010 at 9:24 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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