President Obama is considering a delay of his most controversial proposals to revamp immigration laws through executive action until after the midterm elections in November, mindful of the electoral peril for Democratic Senate candidates, according to allies of the administration who have knowledge of White House deliberations.
Well there goes any hope of energizing “the base” to come out and vote in November. No wonder people don’t bother to vote anymore.
Why are they doing this?
“Such a move by the president, some senior officials worry, could set off a pitched fight with Republicans and dash hopes for Democratic Senate candidates running in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and potentially in Iowa.”
Right, because this will persuade all those right-wing anti-immigration voters to vote for Democrats.
This tells all the pro-Democrat voters in those states not to bother to vote.
If Obama does this he is going back on his promise in June to do something “by the end of summer” to help the millions of people trapped by Republican obstruction.
From the NY Times story: “Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez, Democrat of Illinois, who has at times been critical of the administration’s approach, said that delay “comes at a tremendous cost in terms of families split up and children placed in foster care.”
Doing the right thing is always the right thing politically.