President Obama's chief political strategist, David Plouffe, made the rounds of most of the Sunday public affair shows to talk up the president's agenda — and that meant defending the Obama administration's announcement that it would stop deporting illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as a child.
The announcement was a political home run for Obama, and the question since Friday has been how would Mitt Romney respond? Romney has been getting creamed by Obama among Latino voters all year long, a deficit that he has previously admitted "spells doom for us."
Plouffe insisted it wasn't just a political act, and that Congress still needed to support the DREAM Act which would be a more comprehensive plan to deal with immigrant youth. "Congress hasn't acted," he told NBC's David Gregory on Meet The Press. "This is an enforcement decision. And so we need a permanent solution. We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. The president has often said those things don't need to be in conflict."
Mitt Romney hasn't really had much of a reaction. On Face The Nation, Romney said there needed to be a long-term solution, and "this is something that Congress is working on."
Except they're not. But let' s move on.
CBS' Bob Schieiffer repeatedly asked Romney if he would try to repeal Obama's executive decision made on Friday.
Schieffer: I won't keep on about this but to make sure I understand this. Would you leave this in place while you worked out a long term solution, or would you just repeal it?
Romney: We'll look at that, we'll look at that setting this week when we reach it but my anticipation is I'd come into office and say 'we need to get this thing done on a long-term basis, not this stop-gap measure. What the president did, he should have worked on this years ago...."
On Fox News Sunday, Bill Kristol agreed with host Chris Wallace's assertions that the president's move puts pressure on Mitt Romney to support Marco Rubio's yet-to-be-written bill addressing undocumented youth, as well as maybe pick Rubio as his running mate.
"I wish Rubio had introduced it in the last month or two. He got stalled, not every Republican was on board, the Romney campaign has been cautious about it....I think this is a big problem for Romney and he needs to take the lead on this."
But Karl Rove's spin was, frankly, ridiculous. Rove blasted Obama for promising back in 2009 that he would push for comprehensive immigration reform, and failed to deliver (the main GOP criticism of Obama to Latinos, ignoring GOP resistance to anything getting done in Congress).
"We've got a choice between a guy who is clearly playing politics with it (Obama), and a guy who has some views that are not popular with some elements of the Hispanic community, " concluding that the jobs and the economy were bigger issues anyway. Not much of a response.
Meanwhile on CNN's Reliable Sources show that looks at the mainstream media's coverage of the news, conservative blogger Matt Lewis went on for awhile that he "supports" Marco Rubio's version of the DREAM Act. Which, as has been well noted, is yet to exist.
Lewis also argued with the host of that show, Howard Kurtz, regarding Neil Munro, the Daily Caller reporter who rudely interrupted President Obama during his address from the White House on Friday on his new policy toward young undocumented immigrants.
Lewis used the cliche that reporters don't push Obama hard enough. That's the stance that Lou Dobbs employed on Friday night to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. Dobbs said the interruption was "refreshing."