President Barack Obama has marshaled the likes of former California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the mayors of New York and San Antonio and
Philadelphia's police commissioner in an attempt to show wide and varied
support for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.
As cannons thudded around Charleston Harbor this week in commemoration
of the start of the war that extinguished slavery, the audiences for the
150th-anniversary events were nearly all-white. Even black scholars
lecturing about black Union troops and the roots of slavery gazed out
mostly on white faces.
If the grass-roots energy that fueled President Barack Obama's 2008
campaign proves hard to duplicate as he seeks re-election, so too could
the Internet-powered small donor base that helped him shatter all
There was barely an hour left before the midnight padlocking of
government doors. In a Capitol basement meeting room, House Speaker John
Boehner was telling exhausted fellow Republicans that a deal to avert a
shutdown was nearly finished when an aide alerted him that staff had
completed the final details and the agreement was complete.