Two polls this week make clear that Obama is in trouble. First was the Rasmussen Poll putting Romney up 3 in Wisconsin. (Obama won Wisconsin easily in 2008 and led in a March Rasmussen Poll by 11.) Then yesterday came a poll showing a tie . . . in Michigan. And Michigan is hardly a swing state.
Now I was going to write that one should watch for Obama to act like a desperate totalitarian and bypass Congress and the Constitution to decree by executive order pandering measures to win votes. But then I read this morning that it’s already happening:
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.
The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act . . .
Can’t pass the DREAM Act through Congress, but want to appease the Latino vote? No problem! Ignore Congress and the rule of law, act as if it’s the law already, and win votes!
Now some aspects of the DREAM Act are desirable. But we are still a Constitutional republic. A President has no business ignoring the law and Constitutional processes to win votes.
But with Obama in trouble and with his totalitarian streak (that I’ve warned about again and again), that is exactly what we can expect from him between now and Election Day.
MORE: Even Obama agrees that he cannot do what he just did. From just last year: "I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there's been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It's just not true."