Go figure, huh? Turns out it was all a big misunderstanding and he didn’t really mean to accuse critics of the bill of scaremongering and not wanting to do what’s right for America when he accused them of scaremongering and not wanting to do what’s right for America.

He’s got some tough Iraq funding votes coming up this summer and fall. I guess he figures he needs us after all.

President Bush did not intend to single out his conservative supporters for criticism in a speech on immigration reform last week and was “surprised” that his remarks angered Republicans, Jon Ward and Ralph Z. Hallow will report Thursday in The Washington Times.

“He was surprised by the reaction,” White House spokesman Tony Snow said of Mr. Bush’s speech in Glynco, Ga., last week. “The speech in Georgia was, ‘We’ve got a serious problem and we need to fix it.’ It was not in any way designed to be pointed at Republicans.”…

While one recent poll indicated that Republicans oppose the Senate bill by a 3-to-1 margin, Mr. Bush and his supporters have repeatedly accused the measure’s critics of being “anti-immigrant.” In a Wall Street Journal interview last week, the president compared the bill’s opponents to those who opposed civil rights for blacks.

I know Tony the tiger’s in a tough spot here, but I simply have to ask: if Bush’s criticism wasn’t pointed at Republicans, at whom was it pointed? Tony’s not seriously suggesting Bush meant the far-left, no-borders-at-all faction, is he? Because they’re not the ones who are typically accused of using “fear tactics” to push their position.

Exit question: Was Bush also referring to the no-borders-at-all crowd when he hinted that people who haven’t grown up in areas with large Hispanic populations can’t appreciate their basic decency and humanity?