I don't agree. He is seriously addressing a 40 year in the making problem. His proposals to work harder to secure the border, reform the terribly flawed temporary workers permit program (from which a sizable segment of today's illegals come from) and to address those we are currently here illegally is exactly the right systematic process in my opinion.
I have to give Rove, if it was Rove, credit on this one. Bush kicked the can on border security and enforcement for six years. Here is a description of the stunt they pulled off last year:
A bill to bring in 10's of millions of more green carders and immigrant, and I'm talking about new laws way beyond an amnesty of illegals already here, would not have a chance in hell standing alone. How does one get it passed? You need nice words like "welcoming society" but one can point out we already take in 1 million per year.
They had to couple it with security. Bush kicked the can down the road for six years heightening the sense of crisis, and aiming to provoke a sense of inevitability and resignation among Republicans.
It worked on some, you can see it here. Their faith in Bush is in crisis, they are accepting his "comprehensive" memes. Comprehensive doesn't mean comprehensive in the normal sense, but you acceptance of Bush's definition of it. People feel they need to trade their economic well-being with Bush giving them in return border security. Bush played these cards well.
The surprise, for me, is how the Democrats and left have stated no dissent. The blogs are silent, but then the Left blogs are part of the same class as rules the Democrats - globalist, anti-worker, anti-middle class, anti-American. - this time -though it may have been Norquist or others who calculated this "comprehensive" idea. Insourcing 50 million+ new migrants wouldn't have a chance in hell of passing alone. It has to be coupled with