What will Bush really mean by sending “troops to the border” as anticipated in his Monday night speech on immigration. Probably a lot less than what it is implied as I explain here.
But it’s going to be a bloody mess anyway. As Bush tries to appease his right flank while simultaneously pandering to the more moderate reformers in his own party, he’s likely to tear that immigration baby right in half.
Those pushing for reform are likely to be dissatisfied with what will probably be at most a back-handed endorsement from the President. The Minuteman Right, meanwhile, is going to be even more irked when it learns that all those troops heading to la linea are most likely to wind up as glorified desk jockeys.