Wednesday, September 21

PRESIDENT BUSH HASN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET IN TERMS OF HIS FREE FALL IN THE POLLS

If the Bush Administration is concerned at all (and the president's handlers must be) about George Bush's terrible job approval numbers, which have been exacerbated by what many regarded as an initially slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina, then it ought to brace itself if President Bush obstinately pushes forward in seeking legislation for a Guest Worker program for Mexican nationals and amnesty for approximately 11+ million illegal aliens in this country.

To do so will be political suicide for the Republican Party and the impact could come as early as the 2006 elections. The president is sorely mis-reading public sentiment in this country (witness Arizona, as but one example) vis-a-vis illegal immigration and the national security threat posed by porous borders. Many prudent observers of the political landscape argue that amnesty and Guest Worker programs ought to be back-burnered until border security has been dealt with first.

To do otherwise would be manifestly foolhardy. Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona -- both Democrats -- have already successfully flanked the president and the Republican Party and despite their prior records of being open border apologists. It's high time president Bush starts getting it.