It's not all about the debt ceiling. In a speech to the Latino community – a key voter bloc for 2012 – Obama on Monday blamed Republicans for blocking immigration reform at the federal level.
The partisan tone of Obama's speech on immigration reform and the barbs he aimed at Republicans made it clear he was courting Hispanic voters whose support he will need in 2012.
The US Hispanic population is booming – a group that's more likely to vote Democratic. This worries the GOP as Republicans look for ways to connect with this key part of the electorate.
Incumbent mayors are facing tougher-than-usual reelection bids due, in part, to a struggling national economy.
There's never been a Hispanic on the high court though they're 15 percent of the US population.
The immigration debate has rattled many and may tip them toward the Democrats. But which one?