Something is definitely amiss in the Anti-Real ID political community.
Amid chatter of neo-con infiltration in various Republican grassroots groups, 2 of the 5 original Governors in States opposed to the Real ID Act [Maine, Alaska, New Hampshire, South Carolina & Montana] seem to have been serially removed from effectiveness in public office. Anti-Real ID sources in Washington D.C. allege that State level leaders are being targeted, specifically Governors, for complicity in Real ID matters. Governors, once celebrated for going against Real ID, have been reeled in for larger offices in Washington. They are now more formidable players in international political games and some have simply cut and run.
Governor Mark Sanford, whose detailed Argentinian exploits persist in headlines, had been a stalwart defender of South Carolina's rights against Real ID. Sanford has lost footing since attending the Bilderberg conference in 2008. Bilderberg, a semi-annual gathering renown for it's elite puppeteering of the politically ambitious, sets the standards for New World Order policy. Many of its members steer the United Nations. The Council on Foreign Relations and the U.N. have prescribed international biometric identity standard in the European Union and for a North American Community. Sanford's concession on biometric identifiers in his "letter of defiance" to DHS over Real ID compliance, left room for approbation from Bilderberg's upper echelons.
Governor Sarah Palin gathered political steam as she included wishes of Alaskans to go against Real ID. This move is most similar to the concessions of Arizona Governor Napolitano, who is now DHS Secretary. This added instant popularity with a base of small government Republicans. Palin, chosen as Republican Vice Presidential candidate, later created waves during the 2008 election when she disagreed with Senator McCain's stance on "immigration".
"Immigration" became the mainstream media's careful binding over the costly and humiliating requirements of State's compliance with the Real ID Act. Every U.S. Senator running on the 2008 Presidential bid had voted unanimously in favor of an appropriations bill for Tsunami relief and supplemental funding for U.S. troops in Iraq. The Real ID Act, attached as a rider to the bill, became an embarrassing afterthought to any Senators voting record, due to a floor debate which never took place.
The 2008 election itself created a massive distraction over matters concerning Immigration policy. Republicans, Democrats, and corresponding media players obscured Real ID coverage. Third party presidential hopefuls, like Rep. Ron Paul(R-TX), Rep. Cynthia McKinney (Gr-GA) and Rep. Bob Barr(L-GA), became heralds against the Real ID Act in their stump platforms carrying forward a marginalized national discourse. Governors, such as Mike Huckabee squarely seated, continued to facilitate discussions during the election cycle while dealing with practical demands for compliance.
State Governors are now gatekeepers for an international identity agenda. States opposition to Real ID manifested from a pragmatic place. A combined consensus of over 25 states inaction towards a centralized data aggregate forced the federal government to reconsider the limits of their demands on identity from State governments.