Captain Ed’s sources are telling him Thursday morning. So are ours. Kaus snarks in his 7:52 p.m. item that Bush might use the signing statement to disclaim responsibility for actually having to build the thing. But why? That disclaimer’s built right into the bill.
As of last week, the White House had ruled out a public signing. Now, after some arm-twisting by Congressional Republicans, they’re going to do it. It’s an absurd, fitting climax to this issue: we went from strict border enforcement to “comprehensive immigration reform” to a short fence to a short fence that won’t even get built to a secret signing — and now, at last, they’re going to make a concession to their base … by making the signing public. Grudgingly.
We’ll be lucky if he gets through the ceremony without this look on his face.