Obama Hesitates, Dooms Immigration Reform He 'clotheslined' Senate Democrats with his retreat By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 1, 2010 12:15 PM CDT 29 comments Comments President Obama in July. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File) (Newser) – Immigration reform isn't going anywhere, and those pointing fingers should aim at President Obama, writes Dana Milbank. Obama vacillated, much as he did with the public option, and with the same result. He neither pushed for it not told supporters to wait. "Instead, he left a vaccum," and Senate Democrats who thought they had the president's support fell into it. "The whole episode is a reminder of what works and what doesn't about Obama's management style," writes Milbank in the Washington Post. "When he engages forcefully, as he did in the final month of the health-care debate, the results are good. But when he hesitates and leaves matters to Congress, the results are poor."