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Will Obama upend mid-term politics with immigration?

08/28/2014 9:00 PM

08/29/2014 2:00 AM

Read this, and you’re all set for the Labor Day weekend.

Obama “is going to determine his legacy with the immigrant community in the next 30 days.” — Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, a Democrat, talking about the prospects that the president may sign an executive order allowing millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country.

Such a decision would roil the 2014 mid-term elections and possibly signal that President Obama has written off the prospects that Democrats could hang onto the Senate. Republicans, on the other hand, fear that such a move would send some conservatives into spasms, including new calls for the president’s impeachment, which might undermine GOP chances.

“Pandering.” — Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, criticizing Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to name former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom to be the state’s new public-safety director. Isom becomes the governor’s second black cabinet member in six years.

Nasheed, an African American who’s been relentless in her criticism of the governor, said Nixon is trying to suck up to blacks who are angry at him for his handling of Ferguson. At least based on Nasheed’s comments, Nixon’s actions aren’t working. These days, Nixon can’t win no matter what he does, and that’s an extremely difficult position to be in. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).

“Intolerant.” “Lacking in compassion.” “Stuck in the past.” — how female voters view the Republican Party based on the findings of a detailed report paid for by two major GOP groups, including one backed by Karl Rove.

The report, obtained by Politico, concludes that women are “barely receptive” to GOP policies. It also showed that women in the Midwest and Northeast are particularly turned off by the Republican brand.

“I would suggest that rather than try to expand it into all kinds of different issues and subjects and cute little anecdotes, that we really do what you do best, that is, focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain offering a little on-air unsolicited advice Wednesday to Chuck Todd, who is taking over as host of “Meet the Press.”

There’s lots of debate about how, or whether, the focus of the show should shift following the unceremonious departure of David Gregory. Todd told McCain said he’s been getting a lot of input these days from all kinds of people.

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