By STEVE FRIESS | Politico
President Barack Obama returned Friday to a trusted tactic â€” satisfying his political allies by not doing something.
Conservatives were angry when Janet Napolitano announced the administration would stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants, but they should have seen it coming. On issue after issue â€” gay rights, drug enforcement, Internet gambling, school achievement standards â€” the administration has chosen to achieve its goals by a method best described as passive-aggressive.
Rather than pushing new laws through a divided Congress to enact his agenda, Obama is relying on federal agencies to ignore, or at least not defend, laws that some of his important supporters â€” like Hispanic voters and the gay community â€” donâ€™t like.
â€œIf the president says weâ€™re not going to enforce the law, thereâ€™s really nothing anyone can do about it,â€ University of Pennsylvania constitutional law professor Kermit Roosevelt said. â€œItâ€™s clearly a political calculation.â€
A White House official said the strategy is the result of a stalemate in Washington.
â€œWe work to achieve our policy goals in the most effective and appropriate way possible,â€ the official said. â€œOften times, Congress has blocked efforts (ie [No Child Left Behind] and DREAM) and we look to pursue other appropriate means of achieving our policy goals. Sometimes this makes for less-than-ideal policy situations â€” such as the action we took on immigration â€” but the president isnâ€™t going to be stonewalled by politics, he will pursue whatever means available to do business on behalf of American people.â€
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