Reporters who cover the White House and politics pay careful attention to the president's reading habits. So I was really interested in a paragraph in David Rogers' Wall Street Journal story today (registration required). He talked to Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) who, after meeting with President Bush at the White House this week about immigration, said that the president had read and was urging Brownback to read Nick Kotz's Judgment Days. It's the story of the relationship between LBJ and MLK leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Just as LBJ broke with southern Democrats to do the right thing on civil rights (costing his party the South ever since), Brownback believes Mr. Bush is ready to do the same thing with his party on immigration.