Los Angeles today joined Oakland, San Francisco and several smaller cities in endorsing a boycott of Arizona over its absurd ‘Papers, Please!’ immigration law. It’s hard to say how much economic impact if any of these city-based boycotts will really have on the rogue Sunshine State.
But here’s the real hard news for the Arizona fringies. The Republican National Committee has also joined the boycott!
Not officially, of course. But today Phoenix lost its bid to host the 2012 Republican convention and that will cost the state of Arizona some $200 million or more. Don’t you love it?
The RNC chose….. Tampa? [insert laugh track here].
Yes, Florida is a key swing state. But so is Arizona and the entire southwest. And Phoenix, with all of its inherent flaws, is like Paris compared to Tampa.
The RNC,, of course, is denying that Arizona’s onerous new immigration law had anything to do with it. Right.
But the biggest swing vote in the country is no state or region in particular but rather the burgeoning Latino vote. As it is, the GOP may be flirting with a precipitous drop off en esa comunidad.
So just imagine if the Repubs had their big bash in Phoenix replete with thousands of Latino protesters marching in front of the cameras.
Bottom line, for all the lip service the Republicans have given to the idiotic new law, they, nevertheless, don’t want to be seen partying in Arizona.
Fabulous hypocrisy and cowardice, really.