According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll before the president spoke, 74 percent of Americans support using National Guard troops to patrol the Mexican border. Clearly, this is the place Bush wants and needs to be politically on this issue. But there is so much distance between the immigration bill the House passed and what the Senate started trying to pass today — and the president’s leverage on Republicans in either place is so feeble — that his attempt to set a deadline for Congress to act last night didn’t carry much weight. And I don’t see him out barnstorming the nation today to try to sell this. Was it too little and too late, in a country now too stirred up to be satisfied by a commonsense reform?
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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