I am disappointed that President Obama has chosen to delay his announcement about immigration. For me, its not about the timing. A two month delay isn't that big of a deal. What bothers me is that he made a promise to do it "by the end of summer." And now he's decided to wait until after the November midterms. There will be some fall-out to that.
But rather than simply react emotionally, lets take a moment to think about how to respond strategically (i.e., be pragmatic). The first thing to keep in mind is that generally Democrats have been pretty nonchalant about the issue of immigration reform. I know that because even when I write about it here, the posts get fewer views than most others. I see that same pattern generally across the blogosphere. On the other hand, the teapublicans are absolutely livid about it. If we had shown the same energy leading up to this election, the strategy of delay in order to help Democrats wouldn't even be on the table.
Secondly, its clear that Republicans are running a "no issues" campaign this fall. Their only strategy is to act like President Obama is on the ballot and run against him. He's not. And so if you are one of those people who are passionate about immigration reform, getting angry at the President about his two month delay only feeds the Republican agenda. How does that help us?
You are likely better served by sizing up those in your area who are running for House and Senate seats and working your ass off to get immigration reform supporters elected. I know that no one gives Democrats a chance in hell at winning back the majority in the House. But the truth is, it could happen. But only if voters wake up, take stock of the issues, and get out to vote. Then perhaps President Obama wouldn't need to act on his own. Even if the Democrats don't gain the majority, politicians will notice if/when supporters of immigration reform make their presence felt at the ballot box.
I know I'm spitting in the wind on this whole idea of acting strategically instead of emotionally. But by gawd the facts are out there about which route is likely to be more successful in reaching our goals. Go have your temper tantrum somewhere quietly. Then keep your eyes on the prize of what we're working towards.