I disagree with this, "racism" and "Loving immigrants" is one of those things people will always answer yes to on some poll or whatever/polite conversation. But in reality few of them actually care much about these issues. It's sort of like how in the end few people really gave a damn about access Hollywood despite all the media and "man on the street" quotes telling us otherwise. If the Dem's are seen to be shutting down the government because of immigrants they will wind up regretting that decision for at least half a generation. The Opposition party for one always gets blamed for these shutdowns and as my friend (a big lefty) put it "the Dems have been giving in to the gop on every damn big issue for seemingly the past 17 years, if after so many retreats they choose this hill to stand, or die upon I will be massively pissed" As for the midterms the Party of government always gets hammered in the Midterms, it almost never historically has much meaning beyond a general short term overreaction causing the ruling party to lurch to the center ie: Clinton in 94. GOP is gonna lose a bunch of seats regardless. But likely keep the house due to gerrymanding (oddly an issue that totally fucks the dems yet they don't seem to care much about). Plus the senate election cycle means it will be difficult to take more then a seat or two in that chamber.