06/22/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Immigration Reform, Bring it On

If AZ legislators are a guide, now we know why John McCain changed his stripes: His state has gone right wing nutty, passing constitutionally questionable measures to require President Obama to produce his birth certificate and empowering police to target immigrants for possible racial profiling (which even some police chiefs are rallying against).

If that is the mood in his home state, it is no wonder that McCain is battling for reelection as a staunch conservative, shunning his old maverick ways. In supporting the immigration bill he first weirdly claimed that illegal immigrants are "intentionally causing accidents on the freeway," forcing aides to later try and explain it away.

Arizona might have just given national Democrats a politically powerful reason to rush consideration of immigration reform in a bid for outraged Latino voters in the congressional elections.