I don’t think we’ve lived through a political episode such as the current immigration debacle. Not even close.
Obama had vowed to take executive action to regularize millions of illegals before the coming elections. The promised action is both illegal (in my view) and unpopular. As a result Obama has announced that he will delay taking the action, until after the November elections, when voters will lose their immediate ability to punish Democrats at the polls for it.
They will be mad as hell to find Obama stoking the appetite of foreigners to swamp our borders while we have yet to secure ourselves against unwanted intruders. If they voted for the Democratic ticket in the elections, they may even regret their votes. They will be wondering how they missed the preview of coming attractions.
Obama frequently seeks to exploit the ignorance of voters, but here he’s telling us what he’s going to do and when, and counting on enough voters to ignore it to make it worth his while. He must think the voters are really, really stupid, and of course he can testify to their stupidity from personal experience, if only from the lies they repeatedly bought from him regarding the nondisruptive character of Obamacare.
It reminds me of the voters who put Connie Mack III over the top when he ran for the retiring Lawton Chiles’s Florida Senate seat in 1988. Mack narrowly won the race through the wisdom of the voters who pulled the lever for him because he was a woman.