The feds filed their lawsuit against Arizona. Kris Kobach has a good description of the issues at hand in Defending Arizona.
“A law that basically makes a few small, carefully considered changes in police procedure, Arizona’s S.B. 1070, has inspired a vastly disproportionate response. Few laws have ever been so grossly mischaracterized by so many leaders on the left.”
Rich Lowry also thinks deceit is at play but is on the ‘both sides do it’ position. “The legal fight between the federal government and Arizona will be a case of dueling insincere arguments.” It is interesting to compare Lowry to Kobach because it tends to support the view that the ‘both sides do it’ view is a lazy way to rationalize the debate.
There are differences and it important to distinguish between them. The differences can be seen both in a careful examination of the points involved in a specific issue, as in this Arizona case, as well as in patterns. Another issue that sets another point in a pattern is the Christian Adams DOJ race problem (see BREAKING: A Third Former DOJ Official Steps Forward to Support J. Christian Adams (Updated)).