This morning, President Obama is delivering a speech about immigration -- while the House of Representatives are holding their first post-rollout-debacle hearings on Obamacare. He began the speech talking about the shutdown and "threat of default", using the word "shutdown" multiple times,
It's almost as if Obama wants to distract people's attention and media coverage from the story that threatens the remainder of his presidency.
Also, remember that Obama doesn't actually care about immigration or any other policy issue. His goal is the destruction of the GOP. That's why he chose immigration as his next focus, because he thinks it's the most difficult issue for Republicans and most likely to hurt Republicans in 2014.
As Dan Henninger noted in the Wall Street Journal this morning, "not enough notice was given to Sen. Marco Rubio's statement that the chances for success on immigration reform are about dead. Why? Because, said Sen. Rubio, there is 'a lack of trust' in the president's commitments."
But just because Obama's credibility is dropping doesn't mean that the GOP doesn't face a serious challenge with the immigration issue. It is the issue most likely to further divide the party, as there are factions against anything with even the slightest whiff of "amnesty", those who are open to some sort of very long path to citizenship, as long as it is includes penalties and not putting illegals ahead of others, and some who are open to a much more generous approach to current illegals. There are also differences of opinion about the benefits of legal immigration.
It will be a substantial challenge for Republicans to figure out how to keep Obama from making the GOP look like racist, nativist, xenophobes, and thus further alienating Hispanic voters and young voters -- which is Obama's true goal.