White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted today that President Obama put off a planned executive amnesty decree for political reasons, contrary to Obama’s earlier claims:
The fact is — or I guess, the concern is — that had the president moved forward with his [plan] prior to Election Day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign. And in the event that they were successful in their campaign, the concern would be that they would cite their opposition to immigration reform as a reason to their success. That is not a storyline that the president, or that anybody here, wanted to contribute to.
The implicit assumption, of course, is that voters don’t want amnesty. Otherwise, President Obama would be delighted to give Republicans a chance to talk about it during the campaign, and “opposition to immigration reform” would go down as a reason for Republicans’ failure, not their success. That would be a “storyline” that would be great for Obama and the Democrats.
So Obama has deferred his executive order to deprive voters of a voice in the process. By the time he unconstitutionally vacates broad portions of the law of the land relating to immigration, the election will be safely over, and voters will not have the opportunity to punish Obama or his party for a decree that is as unpopular as it is illegal.
In normal times, this would be a stunning admission. The fact that it contradicts the president’s prior assurances would also be newsworthy. But with the Obama administration unraveling on every front, no one expects integrity, consistency or even coherence from Obama and his spokesmen. Disasters and scandals are assailing us so relentlessly that this one will probably be lost–for now, anyway. The blowback will come when Obama actually defies the Constitution and the will of the people by purporting to repeal our immigration laws by executive fiat, some time after November.