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.
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|