Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wranglin' the Votes: US News has a roundup of some recent Senate news for the immigration bill. Reports are floating around that the members of the coalition for the "grand bargain" are back again meeting and may unveil a proposal as early as today. Though some members of the coalition express optimism that the bill will go through, other reports suggest that some supporters are at least troubled about the bill's ultimate fate (H/T Kaus). Meanwhile, the Bush administration is going full bore in its advocacy of this bill, the Politico reports, waging an extensive media campaign (taking on talk radio and bloggers as well as more "traditional" media outlets) in its attempt to win public support for a bill with uncertain public support. The Politico story also mentions the attempt of the administration to rally its "corporate allies" to support the bill. The Politico publishes this statement by managing editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
"In my four years of active participation in blogs, I have never seen anything like this on any issue, including the president's reelection," Erickson said in an e-mail. "Had the White House been as aggressive on the war, Social Security reform, health care reform, etc., it might be winning on those issues. Somehow, though, it chose to pick the one issue least popular with the base to claim as their hill to die on."
In any case, President Bush, still struggling with low poll numbers, is pushing. Time will tell how much he moves.