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Bartleby, the President

When it comes to dealing with Congress, he would prefer not to.

Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By FRED BARNES
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Then there’s immigration reform. The Senate-passed bill is dead, whether Obama realizes it or not. To make any progress, he would have to abandon the idea of “comprehensive” reform and accept the Republican step-by-step scheme. And the first step would surely not include a pathway to citizenship for immigrants here illegally. Would Obama and Democrats swallow that? I doubt it, but talking about it would have a clarifying effect.

Here’s why all this is interesting: We’ll learn what kind of president Obama has become. Has he become so disenchanted with Washington and politics and members of Congress and the press that he is unwilling to fight for his agenda? And is he unable to act in his own behalf by breaking out of his self-imposed isolation? If the answer to those questions is yes, he’s made the wrong choice, one no other president ever made.

Fred Barnes is an executive editor at The Weekly Standard.

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