Not so lame after all

Jonathan Cohn observes over at the New Republic that President Obama, for a “lame duck” after the disastrous midterm elections, sure isn’t acting very lame.

Cohn points to the fact that Ebola is now a big yawn, after GOP critics said Obama was under-acting to the “crisis” that failed to turn into an actual crisis.

And he points to the reportedly rather-big deal the President inked with the Chinese this week on climate change.

And I’d point to one more thing: immigration.

Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner, 2014

Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner, 2014

The Obama administration let slip yesterday that the President is ready to take executive action on the immigration issue that would shield possibly 5 million undocumented (aka here illegally) immigrants from deportation, and it would provide many of them with work permits.

Now, the President hasn’t done anything yet. And you can be sure the Republicans won’t be pleased. But it’s still a rather gutsy move, considering the Republicans basically threatened to impeach the President last week if he did anything administrative on immigration.

And it’s a rather smart move politically as well. Not only does the President, and the party, get credit with Latinos for attempting to move forward on immigration reform, but at the same time he puts Republicans in an impossible position. The GOP base is apoplectic about the potential of any reform. Yet, saner party leaders know that Republicans are in danger of losing Latinos forever (other than Cubans, Latinos tend to vote Democratic). So the President effectively puts Republicans in a box — dog-fight style — two years before a presidential.

And that, my friends, might just help a Democrat win the White House yet again.

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15 Responses to “Not so lame after all”

  1. lisa5295 says:

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  2. FriendofPoopyhead says:

    This guy is so friggin’ hot. Mmh. He’s gonna seriously turn some people on in these next coming years. He’s gonna break free and do some really good work.

  3. Bill_Perdue says:

    To be sure, Obama is not lame – he’s still the leading activist for the right. The central questions are not the tactical and partisan differences between Obama and Congress, those will go on and on and signify nothing.

    The real question are what they agree on – imposed austerity, attacks on entitlements, union busing, fracking, offshore drilling and the worst NAFTA of them all, the TransPacific Partnership, a direct attack on workers, health care reform and a dangerous step in the direction of war.

    “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is as dangerous as ever. Denying access to medicines, increased surveillance of Internet usage and mandatory patents at the behest of multi-national corporations are some of the corporate goodies stashed in the TPP’s intellectual property chapter, revealed by WikiLeaks this month. Journalism could even be criminalized.

    The more we know about the TPP, the worse it gets, which is why the governments of the 12 countries involved, led by the Obama administration, continue to negotiate in unprecedented secrecy…”

    The TPP is a strategic initiative to encircle China.

    “President Obama’s proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade treaty with 11 Asian and Pacific nations “is shrouded in secrecy because the only way they can pass this is if we don’t know what’s in it,” said Kevin Zeese, co-director of It’s Our Economy. Leaks of the treaty’s text “show that there are no protections for the environment” and that “Obama is pushing the most corporate position of any country involved” in the negotiations. Zeese said the pact is linked to a U.S. military encirclement of China.”

  4. Patti says:


  5. Naja pallida says:

    What the Republicans fail to acknowledge is that with the abysmally low voter turn out, their win in these midterms amounts to the will of just slightly over 10% of the population of the country. They, and their loud-mouthed bragging supporters, are talking like they have the open approval of a clear majority when it’s no where near the case. They don’t even have a clear consensus within their own party on any policy of substance to the American people.

  6. Naja pallida says:

    Roberts could easily be on the court for another 20 years.

  7. Naja pallida says:

    It isn’t even that they don’t want to compromise, they don’t want to actually do anything except ban abortion, make it harder to vote, make guns readily available to criminals, find new ways destroy the environment, and set their hair on fire every time their Obama derangement syndrome kicks in. I’m willing to bet that the next Congress will be only marginally more functional than this current one, despite there no reason why it should be – it certainly won’t have anything to do with the Democrats, as they’ve intentionally sidelined themselves.

  8. Indigo says:

    I would welcome a White House initiative. Any initiative. I’m sick and tired of 6 years of attempting compromise with GOP-ers who have no interest in compromise. After all . . . he’s blaaa. . . ! and that’s not to their liking.

  9. Indigo says:

    That will remain true until Chief Justice Roberts retires, regardless of who else might serve on the court.

  10. Houndentenor says:

    Did they think that W had to defer to the Democrats following the 2006 midterms? Of course not. But then Republicans live in a fact-free and logic-free zone. It wasn’t always so but that was before the talk radio hosts and Fox News talking heads took over the party.

  11. therling says:

    Perhaps, but Scalia ought to be wary of the undocumented workers he hired to take care of his house.

  12. penpal says:

    Exactly. He works for the American public, not the Republican thugs in Congress. He owes them nothing.

  13. sane37 says:

    Doesn’t matter. We’ve lost the Supreme Court.

  14. caphillprof says:

    The Republican notion that they somehow defeated the executive in this month’s elections and therefore the President should defer to the Republicans is nonsense, historically and particularly now. The Congress does not run the country. It is only one of three branches. Because of its extremism, it has become he weakest of the three.

    On immigration the President has said he will do what he is empowered to do and if the Congress wants to do something else then they can do something else. Nancy Pelosi even noted that the Congress doesn’t have to wait to January to actually enact immigration legislation.

    I am getting a sense that the Republicans are not unified in fact although so many were bought and paid for by the Koch brothers and other dirty money.

  15. S1AMER says:

    Go for it, Obama, and then go for more of what America needs. A fringe benefit — a VERY big fringe benefit — is that your efforts to do the right thing will help even some of the most inattentive Americans see how wrong, how vengeful, how hateful, is today’s Republican Party. And that just might help save what’s left of America for future generations.

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