Oh, this is entertaining, in its way: “More than half a dozen state governors have come out against President Obama’s plans to relocate several thousand Syrian refugees within the United States.” Link is not to Think Progress; it’s to Memeorandum, which will lead you to TP. Because I feel like being That Person, tonight. Sorry. …Well, no.
Anyway, I guess that it’s technically true: ‘at least 20‘ is certainly more than ‘half a dozen’ (note that I will link directly to FiveThirtyEight Politics). Now I suppose that some of those governors announced their planned Syrian refugee policy after the article got published, but honestly: the writing was on the wall for this one. There was going to be a strong push-back on accepting refugees, particularly since we know that Islamic State is using forged passports in its operations. And it’s going to be a particular problem for Democrats up for election next year. Like, oh, Maggie Hassan (running for Senate) and Steve Bullock (running for re-election); and, surprisingly enough, both of them are making all sorts of noises about having to be careful and better safe than sorry and yadda yadda yadda.
On the bright side, the President probably doesn’t have to worry about many more defections. After all, most gubernatorial elections are in the midterms and the pool of Democrats running Republican states is… small. As is the pool of Democratic governors in general, honestly.
PS: The President will never admit to losing this fight. But don’t be surprised if it… falls off of the front page. I mean, trouble with the paperwork isn’t really a sexy story, is it?
*I know that some people think that Barack Obama would like it that way, too. …No. Oh, I mean, yes he probably should; but Barack Obama never likes it when somebody doesn’t let him have everything that he wants, the second that he wants it. So there’s that.