Ain’t a ‘misunderstanding,’ by the way. Arizonans got the message loud and clear. Louder and clearer than desired, in fact.
UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers.
“…doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit:”
San Diego tourism leaders and hoteliers fear they could lose a sizable chunk of business this summer from valued “Zonies” who are so angered by elected leaders’ recent censure of Arizona for its illegal-immigration law that they’re mounting an informal boycott of their own.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and several hotels report receiving e-mails and letters from Arizona visitors saying they intend to change their plans to travel here in light of local outcry over their home state’s anti-illegal-immigration stance.
Tourism officials are striking back. In an open letter, they urge Arizona residents to overlook local politics and come to San Diego just as they always have for its mild climate, beaches and attractions.
Read the whole thing, especially the parts where the Democratic legislators involved are stammering over the alarming revelation that their act of political … ah, ‘auto-eroticism’… actually had adverse consequences in Big-Person Land. I encourage the San Diego hospitality industry to contemplate the implications of this; and to further contemplate that the solution to their problems with an insulted customer base lies with dealing with the insulters, not the insultees…
Crossposted to RedState.
Apparently, with a bit of pique involved:
The two proposed referendum drives challenging Arizona’s new sweeping law targeting illegal immigration are being abandoned, organizers said Monday. Andrew Chavez, a professional petition circulator involved in one of the efforts, said its backers pulled the plug after concluding they might not be able to time their petition filings in such a way as to put the law on hold pending a 2012 public vote.
Jon Garrido, the chief organizer of the other drive, attributed its end to a belief that the law would have been subject to legal protections under Arizona’s Constitution if approved by Arizona voters.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) Put more simply: the first one was abandoned when people realized that they couldn’t game the system sufficiently to shut the law down until it got re-ratified in 2012, and the second was abandoned because losing might interfere with the drive to get Arizona’s court system to declare that Arizona’s adoption of federal immigration law requirements was a violation of the Arizona constitution. No, you’re not the only one who finds that reasoning of theirs to be fairly incoherent. Give them a break: they don’t want to say that the Arizona legislation polls well… actually, no. Don’t give them – or the Democrats supporting them – a break on this; after all, they’re pretty explicitly calling the majority of the population dirty racists for wanting illegal immigration gotten under control.
It seems only fair that they deal with the consequences of their rhetoric.