Illegal Immigration Is Now Obama's Worst Issue
So says those radical right-wingers at the Washington Post.
Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama's worst issue -- definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency -- when it comes to public perception.
A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama's handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve -- down from 38 percent two months ago.
Big surprise here. When you encourage and allow chaos on the border, Americans find you in disfavor.
Obama has the unique ability to irritate everyone. The middle and right are leery of everything that he does, because he keeps proving that he is untrustworthy. His leftwing open borders supporters are unhappy that he hasn't broken the law even more.
Of course, the problem is that Barack Obama does not care a whit about majority opinion anymore. He won re-election and is treating his second term as the chance to do whatever he wants, in full knowledge that the divided Congress can't do very much about it. Even a united Congress under the Republicans will find themselves largely unable to stop him.
Obama will do what he wants, and right now he wants to cement the Hispanic vote to himself and his party, and he wants to establish himself as a leftwing kingmaker for life.
Democrats consistently misread the Hispanic vote on the border. Yes, it's a major issue among Hispanics. But it's far from the only issue, and Hispanic communities along the border recognize that chaos there threatens them and their families. On that latter aim, I think Obama is making a mistake. If his presidency continues its downward slide, he will leave office on a wave of fierce unpopularity. He may have a strong organization to command in Organizing for Action and its offshoots like Battleground Texas, but will he command any support outside the hard left? Will he have any real achievements to point to, so argue to other Democrats that he still ought to be their ideological leader?
Maybe, but it's just as likely that his unpopularity and his lack of relationships with anyone outside his own circle will leave him isolated, commanding an army of activists with which few Democrats will want to have any public association. He'll be yesterday's news, a perennial threat to future Democrat presidents and a thorn to Republicans.