Commentary: If Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano wins confirmation as secretary of homeland security, she will be responsible for enforcing the nation's immigration laws. This is a chilling thought for those of us who have witnessed up close how Napolitano can be vexed to the point of paralysis by that highly charged issue.

I met Napolitano when I was working as a reporter and metro columnist at The Arizona Republic in the late 1990s. After serving as a legal adviser to Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings in 1991, she enjoyed a meteoric rise as a public official. She was named a U.S. attorney by President Bill Clinton, then was elected Arizona's attorney general in 1998. Four years later, she was elected governor, winning re-election in 2006. READ FULL STORY

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