The Note: Pick Your Poisoned Apple

"White House officials said they expected to work for months to build public support and win the votes on Capitol Hill to get a bill through the Senate and then to build a compromise with the House. . .," write the New York Times' Carl Hulse and Jim Rutenberg who also report that Vice President Cheney will be stepping up his efforts to sell the President's plan -- as he did yesterday on Rush Limbaugh's radio show. LINK

More Hulse/Rutenberg: ". . . a day after Mr. Bush delivered a nationally televised address on the issue from the Oval Office, there was little immediate evidence that he had bridged the deep divide in his own party or rallied public opinion sufficiently to break the impasse." Dan Bartlett, who likes ice metaphors, exhibits his usual patience.

The New York Times' John Broder has reaction from the four border governors with Gov. Perry (R-TX), unsurprisingly, appearing most supportive of the President's plan. The governors were not consulted on the President's immigration reform initiative, but did receive a briefing from Rove and DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff three hours before the President's speech on Monday. LINK

The Los Angeles Times focuses on the "cool" reaction the President's speech received yesterday from "key Republican lawmakers," especially in the House, where "there was little sign that Bush's call for broader legislation had made much headway among Republican leaders." LINK

The Chicago Tribune's Mark Silva and Frank James write that President Bush confronted the political reality Tuesday of "how much more difficult it will be to sell his plans on Capitol Hill than it was to explain them on national television this week." LINK

The Washington Post Notes that "conservative activists including National Review editors and Rush Limbaugh" had the same reaction as House Republicans, spending yesterday "lambasting" the President's speech. LINK

And the speech didn't fare much better among immigration activists -- one of whom tells the Washington Post it was "inspired by Mary Poppins -- a spoonful of border enforcement makes the amnesty go down." LINK

But Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson gives the speech a lukewarm thumbs up: "For once the president unveiled a policy that wasn't crafted solely by and for right-wing ideologues and buttressed entirely by appeals to our phobias." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Julian E. Barnes writes of the logistical and training difficulties the National Guard will have to confront before deploying to the border. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's ed board is wondering whether President Bush's own political party will is "smart enough" to "seize the moment" and follow the President's lead on immigration, or whether it would "rather run off on the anti-immigration rails."

Meanwhile, the Washington Post's ed board slams the President's proposal to deploy the National Guard to the border. LINK

David Broder doesn't much like the National Guard proposal either. LINK

"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales admitted yesterday it's 'just not clear' if his Mexican-immigrant grandparents settled in the U.S. legally," reports the New York Daily News. LINK

The "We Are America" alliance's drive to register one million Latinos to vote kicks off today, according to the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The Washington Times' Charles Hurt takes issue with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) "numbers game." LINK

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) continues his push for fencing on the border. LINK

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