President Obama is threatening to barnstorm the country on behalf of the Senate-passed immigration bill, because the legislation is going nowhere in the House.
That’s a good idea.
For Republicans. They should pay for his trip.
Polls show support for the Senate bill is already declining – from 60 percent who backed it in June to 50 percent who support it now, according to Rasmussen.
One thing that could convince fewer Americans to embrace the legislation – other than reading it, since support drops to 39 percent when people find out the legislation would only cut illegal immigration in half – would be if Obama ends his immigration vanishing act and takes his show on the road.
In 2010, when one such carnival went from town to town, it was panned by audiences everywhere and the chief showman failed to sell a single vial of snake oil.
That, you may remember, was the Grand Obamacare Tour of 2010, when the president nearly lost his quest for health reform by getting personally and vocally behind it.
And then here was the campaign in 2011 on behalf of something called The American Jobs Act, which never found its way out of the Senate.
So if Republicans want to make sure immigration reform is dead and buried, they should roll those presidential black buses out of the garage, fill ’em with diesel, and offer to drive him around, because at 47 percent approval in the latest Gallup survey – and 47 percent disapproval – Obama is the worst thing that can happen to the bill.