President Obama has decided to delay his planned executive action that is expected to provide legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, calculating that waiting a couple of months was worth avoiding a backlash that could sink Senate Democratic candidates in several moderate to conservative states.
The White House of course blamed Republican “politicization” of the issues for Obama’s own nakedly political decision.
According to the Washington Post:
The reality the president has had to weigh is that we’re in the midst of the political season,” said a White House official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, “and because of the Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue, the president believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections.”
Obama will appear on Meet the Press Sunday and will assuredly bash Republicans for leaving him no other choice but to delay his latest end-run around the Constitution. It will all be suitably Orwellian.
Obama reportedly made the decision on the plane trip back from the NATO Summit in Wales and began informing Hispanic groups, who are none too happy about it. But he and his aides must have figured Hispanics will show up at the polls and vote for Democrats anyway, whereas issuing the order would have delivered an even larger oozing mass of angry white Republicans to the polls than they’re already going to get.