Ruben Navarette takes a very critical look at President Obama's record on immigration. I agree with much of it, but am less sure about this:
Obama may not be a good leader but he has good timing: ramp up immigration reform groups in the spring; work with congressional leaders to draft legislation in the summer; propose a bill in the fall. Then he can spend early winter watching Republicans tear apart the idea — and themselves — in time for the New Hampshire primary in February 2012. Obama can waltz through next year's campaign with the confidence that he'll do fairly well with Latinos who will show up to vote not for him but against the Republican candidate.
Maybe. But this does not adequately explore the possibility that Latinos (and others) will stay home rather than vote against Republicans. At any rate, it is hard to see any "waltzing" in Obama's future.