President Trump surprised backers and critics alike on Thursday when he announced that he would not push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census after all. Here's a quick look at how the move is being received:
- Stunned: Axios reports that leaders in the conservative legal community (the Federalist Society, for example) are "stunned and depressed" by the move. Two anonymous quotes in the post: "What was the dance ... all about if this was going to be the end result?" And, perhaps more troubling for the White House: "It’s certainly going to give people pause the next time one has to decide how far to stick one’s neck out."
- A victory anyway? At Hot Air, Allahpundit runs through some theories on the about-face and notes that Trump already has "sort of" won on the issue. "If the idea is to exclude illegal immigrants from the count, it's a cinch that some immigrants will be so nervous about answering the census after all the media attention to this matter that they'll end up throwing it in the trash when they get it." Blue districts will be hurt as a result, and Trump may have figured that was "enough of a victory."