Recall in Arizona

Tuesday’s mixed electoral results have both Republicans and Democrats scrambling to find good omens for their respective parties. But liberals have seized on one surprising event in particular: For the first time in American history, a state-senate president, Russell Pearce of Arizona, was defeated in a recall election.

Pearce was the architect of a nationally controversial immigration law, SB 1070, which essentially required that immigrants provide legal documentation when stopped, for other reasons, by law enforcement. This gave him a national reputation as a radical conservative who had labeled his own legislature a “tea-party Senate.”

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