Next - Potentially, it gets uglier
What sort of tone do you get out of these riotously oppositional Republicans on immigration reform?
What does the "tea party" sound like when it's opposing immigration?
Immigration is sure to generate the ugliest image of these people imaginable coming up before the 2010 midterms. Texas and Southern Republican politicians dancing very close to racism in their strong schticky drawls. "Tea Party" rallies replete with on the edge speakers, home made signs, letters to the editor, and you can just imagine the quotes in the articles.
Every overstep is sure to make news whether it's an elected official or the rallies they've so whole heartedly embraced. They will have to repeatedly repudiate and disown parts of their movement, and you figure their deteriorating image would have to cost voters in swing districts..
Bringing up immigration would seem to be natural way to exploit the current hate filled environment and tendency towards extremism within the opposition against Obama. Handled properly, it would seem to be a very clever jiujitsu against the irrational hate stirred up in the opposition.
The Obama folks don't have to try to actually pass an anything to get the effect. All they have to do is to speak about it seriously and lay out a legislative schedule dating past 2010. This batch of Republicans won't be able to help themselves.
On the other hand., they would be reverse race baiting and inviting this ugliness into the public sphere.
(Meanwhile, the Republicans want to talk abortion.)