By taking the fight over his executive actions to the Supreme Court, President Obama is placing Republicans in a no-win situation that will blow up on the GOP in the middle of the 2016 election.
President Obama’s executive actions on immigration could be headed for a court battle just in time for the general election — something Democrats hope will boost their party with Hispanics.
The Obama administration’s swift decision to ask the Supreme Court to lift an injunction on the actions sets up a possible ruling in late June, weeks before the party conventions.
“Immigration is already front and center,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of the liberal immigrant rights group America’s Voice. “Just imagine if a Supreme Court decision on whether 5 million undocumented immigrants get work permits is handed down right in the middle of the general election.”
Judging from the reaction of Hispanic groups to last night’s racist Republican presidential debate, Democrats don’t have to hope that the Supreme Court fight will be a disaster for Republicans. It is a given that it will be.
Republicans won’t be able to win. If the Court rules against President Obama, Hispanics and Democrats will have an issue that will send millions of angry voters to the polls. If the Court supports President Obama, Democrats and Hispanics will have equal motivation to get to the polls and keep the White House.
The very worst case scenario for Republicans is that Supreme Court case dominates the headlines ahead of the Election Day. Immigration is the Republican Achilles heel. The issue divides and paralyzes their party.
President Obama isn’t on the ballot next year, but his decision to appeal to the Supreme Court may do more to shape the outcome of the 2016 presidential election than either party’s nominee.
Obama has promised to fight until his last day in office, and he is setting the stage for one final election victory over Republicans.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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