Bottom line

President Bush decided to take his subcompact 28-percent approval rating out for a spin the other day - and tried to run down the very people who approved of him.


In defending his amnesty plan for illegal aliens in a speech in southeastern Georgia, Bush assailed those on the right for wanting to "scare the American people" for calling the bill what it is: amnesty.

In short, he accused his own political base of fear-mongering.

That's not just foolhardy. It's plain offensive.

"If you want to kill the bill, if you don't want to do what's right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it. You can use it to frighten people," the president said.

So if you oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, you don't want to do the right thing for America.

Again, offensive.

Moreover, he said if opponents don't think the bill helps secure the border, then they're uninformed. Perhaps. Or maybe we're jaded, Mr. President, by the fact that past immigration "reform" never got around to the part about securing the borders.

Maybe we know full well what's in the comprehensive bill and don't like it - and don't believe that the part we do like will ever get done.