House GOP Has Plans to Avoid Fight With Obama for Now

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 6:54 am

The lame duck Congress has only one thing they need to before they can take the rest of the year off, fund the government. It looks like the Republican leadership may have found a way to do their job while avoiding a protracted fight with President Obama. From Politico: The likely proposal would fund nearly [...]

Obama Doesn’t Need to Care What People Think

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 6:40 am

There is one small silver lining to being a lame duck President who led his party to historically bad loses and faces anĀ uncompromising Republican Congress, you can stop caring what people think. It is very limiting, but also liberating. I’ve seen several polls about President Obama’s executive action on immigration and articles on how Democrats [...]

Obama Manages the Rare Triple Play of Bad Politics on Immigration

By: Friday October 31, 2014 10:26 am

The latest Pew Research poll shows Democrats have lost serious ground among Latinos. During the 2010 election Democrats had a 43 point net advantage among this voting group, but it dropped to only a 29 point advantage this cycle. I can’t help but assume part of the reason is that Obama managed in one swift [...]

No One is Happy with Obama When it Comes to Immigration

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 12:23 pm

I think this new Washington Post/ABC News poll does a good job of making the point of why President Obama’s immigration strategy makes no sense to me. It found only 31 percent of Americans approve of the way he has handled the issue of immigration while 59 percent disapprove. Even a narrow plurality of Hispanics [...]

Republicans Think Immigration is More Important than Democrats

By: Monday August 25, 2014 7:06 am

A plurality of Republicans think immigration is the biggest problem facing the country right now but it ranks only fourth with Democrats. From Gallup: This intensity gap goes a long way to explaining why comprehensive immigration reform failed this year and will likely fail next year, especially when combined with the basic political dynamic facing [...]

Immigration Surges to Number One Issue With Americans

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:00 am

The media coverage of thousands of youth migrants/refugees from Central America has dramatically raised the public’s concern about immigration issues in general. The issue went from barely registering a few months ago to now being seen as the most important problem among a plurality of Americans. From Gallup: Whether a gridlocked Congress will actually manage [...]

Poll: Immigration Seen as a Good Thing We Want Less of

By: Friday June 27, 2014 7:22 am

The American people paradoxically think immigration is very good for the country yet also want less of it. According to Gallup, by a nearly two-to-one margin Americans think immigration is good for the country. From Gallup: At the same time though a plurality of 41 percent want to see the immigration reduced. From Gallup:   [...]

Obama’s Dismal Job Approval Rating on Immigration Policy

By: Friday June 20, 2014 7:06 am

When it comes to President Obama’s handling of immigration policy almost no one in the country is happy. By a greater than two-to-one margin Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance on this issue according to Gallup. It seems in Obama’s attempt to find a middle ground he just ended up in a no man’s land [...]

The Problem With Gridlock is You Can’t Threaten More Gridlock, John Boehner

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 8:31 am

If a party controls one house of Congress and decides to take a stand of total opposition to the President they can easily deny the White House any legislative victories. It can be a very effective tactic forĀ  making a President look weak. The big drawback of this strategy is that they also lose any [...]

Overwhelming Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 10:16 am

Speaker John Boehner (R) may have effectively killed any hope of immigration reform this year but support remains strong for the general principle. According to a new Pew Research poll, 73 percent of Americans think immigrants who are currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, while only a quarter of the [...]