June 14, 2007
Most people in Washington and around the country are mystified by President Bush’s insistence that the current immigration bill be passed. I am one of them.
Opinion polls show a huge majority of Americans oppose the measure. They simply don’t trust the president to control the border before normalizing the illegal residents among us. And they have read enough about the bill to understand it is not all it is being sold to be.
And yet the president visits Capitol Hill Tuesday for a luncheon meeting with republican senators. Alabama Senator Jeff sessions thinks the president would be better off scuttling this bill and starting over instead of trying to twist the arms of senators opposed to it in principle.
I agree and as a longtime supporter of this president I am growing increasingly discouraged by the issues he has chosen to pursue as well as the ones he has chosen to ignore.
At the very least he could be laying the ideological foundation for his replacement, assuming it will be a republican, which is a big assumption given his falling poll ratings; thanks in part to illegal immigration.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.