2007 June 24 Sunday
Bush On Immigration Undermines Bush On Iraq

Bush has asked Republicans in Congress to support too many of his bad policies simultaneously and they are pushing back.

Conservative leaders among House Republicans say that President Bush's upcoming showdown with them on immigration could threaten support for the Iraq war as well as for the president's other top policy goals.

"The White House should keep in mind that if they have a direct confrontation with House Republicans on [immigration], it could affect the vote on the Iraq appropriation in September," said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican. "It will not affect me. I intend to stand by the president. But I do think it is something they should keep in mind for other Republicans who are borderline."

King has introduced an enforcement-only immigration bill in the House. He obviously wants no part of Bush's immigration policy and he's probably quite eager to play good cop-bad cop with other House Republicans to pressure Bush to abandon his push for amnesty.

Meanwhile Bush's immigration allies, the Democrats, are tanking in popularity right along with him.

This week President Bush's approval rating took a further tumble from a position that was already below sea level. At 28 percent in a Newsweek poll, it has collapsed to Jimmy Carter's level during the Tehran hostage crisis. Worse, it is now only five points ahead of Richard Nixon's during Watergate.


That's small comfort to Democrats. As they emerged as Bush's crucial allies on immigration, they have shared his unpopularity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has seen his approval rating fall to 19 percent. The Democrat-controlled Congress has reached levels of unpopularity that it took the GOP more than a decade of scandals to hit.

As Bush has demonstrated on Iraq he doesn't learn from his mistakes. He places far too much emphasis on his personal experience and personal judgment. Since he's not a big book learner and at the same time he wants to think that he understands the world he downplays the importance of empirical studies and trusts his own gut feelings over advice from those far more knowledgeable.

Congress critters need strong reminders that, yes, they should oppose Bush on immigration. Many are thinking this already. Tell them you expect them to vote against amnesty or else you will vote against them and tell all your friends and family to do likewise. Contact your Senators. Then contact your Representative in House and do the same.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 June 24 09:40 PM  Politics American Presidency

John S Bolton said at June 25, 2007 12:18 AM:

Maybe the administration doesn't understand that what has often worked for the
left does not work as well for the right.
Should the moderate right choose its issues
so as to position themselves to try to smear those to their right,
as being motivated solely by racial hatred?
They may have tried something like this,
whether in fully cynical and deliberate manner or not,
is perhaps ambiguous.

John S Bolton said at June 25, 2007 4:35 PM:

Similarly, when the people have to read the president as grossly disloyal,
through dereliction of immigration law enforcement, and
his indifference to the appearance of his being an agent of Mexico,
his ability to command their loyalty is gravely handicapped.
When wars do not just go from one stunning victory to another,
the loyalty of the people is important to reinforce,
but to do that one must appear to be loyal to them,
not the foreign criminals running free here by the millions.
Bush's approval rating now matches that of Carter floundering
during the Iranian hostage situation, and this occurs at the same time as,
and largely because of, his push for amnesty;
that is, the new lower levels of his approval rating.
Why can't they learn that the people and the professoriate and 'opinion elites'
have extremely divergent views?

m said at June 26, 2007 9:53 AM:

Or maybe Bush has accepted defeat in Iraq to get his amnesty.
I think at this point he realizes there really isn't much he can do in the next 18 months to "win the War",having failed to do so in over 5 yrs.

We're told the Surge needs time to take effect,but W is out of time.
And so is the GOP coalition,to judge by the antics of the last few yrs and their apperant determination to go over the cliff W over amnesty.

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