It seems that Michelle’s chance to shine during the midterm elections has passed. Over the last year, her pet issue, immigration, has been sidelined by her obsession to uncover a pattern of “unhingedness” emanating from The Left. As a result, her poorly touted Immigration Blog project is something of an utter failure — much like its main author.
WASHINGTON, June 20 — House Republican leaders today put the brakes on efforts to overhaul immigration laws, saying they would hold hearings this summer around the nation on the politically volatile subject before trying to compromise with the Senate on a chief domestic priority of President Bush.
The unusual decision to set a new round of hearings on legislation already passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate puts the prospects for enacting a final bill this year in jeopardy despite Mr. Bush’s call for Congress to act.
The timing means that formal Congressional negotiations would not begin until September, just as Congressional campaigns are entering their crucial final weeks — a time when lawmakers typically shy away from difficult issues.