Comment: Let Them Eat Cake Or A Machiavellian Surprise - President Obama recently addressed the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, continuing his efforts to try to hoodwink Latinos, and evinced fresh reaction confirming that Latinos are not falling for his act (see report on the action here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59842.html). On immigration, as on other issues, the Democratic Party under Mr. Obama’s leadership is in trouble. Following Mr. Obama’s historic election, senior Democratic leaders took a decision to prioritize three issues, and de-prioritize two other issues: the chosen issues were recession spending, universal health care and climate change legislation, those thrown under the Democratic bus were the LGBTQ community and immigrants. Two and a half years later, lets see how that has worked out: (i) on recession spending, our country has spent and spent (including billions in taxpayer money that ended up as Wall Street bonuses), and stands on the verge of default; (ii) on universal health care, a flawed statute which was described by all sides as “a monstrosity” now stands about to be defunded by the fiscal crisis (iii) on climate change, the House Democratic leadership took severe political risks that ultimately ended up costing Democrats control of that chamber – while the Senate killed and later buried the bill and its concepts. On the under-the-bus side, the LGBTQ community worked at the state level, in the courts, and especially in the court of public opinion, and has gone from strength to strength – culminating most recently in full marriage equality in New York, with more states sure to follow NY’s lead. On the immigrant side, the key stumbling block has been that most of those affected do not vote. Still, there are many who do vote whose loved ones are being deported by Mr. Obama in massive numbers, who are sure to remember on election day next November, and ensure that Mr. Obama gets deported from the White House. However, there may be a Machiavellian twist to this. It is entirely possible that Mr. Obama’s smart political operatives are deliberately playing down expectations among immigrants prior to a Fall Surprise – after all, even if the dire economic situation does not knock Mr. Obama from office next year, his re-election clearly hinges on a “base-mobilization” strategy, since several parts of his 2008 coalition appear to be unwilling to back him again. Such a base-mobilization strategy would inevitably include providing some real benefits to the long suffering immigrant community. Since Mr. Obama has within his unfettered executive discretion the power, inter alia, to grant deferred action status to large numbers of the undocumented, perhaps that’s what he plans on doing – at least for potential DREAM beneficiaries. So, its entirely possible that what we are experiencing today is simply a summer of discontent, and what we may be up for is a pleasant surprise before Iowans get ready to caucus for the next Presidential election. We’ll find out soon enough, stay tuned to Immigration Daily for the latest.
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