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GOP Pulls Back on Immigration

Strategic brilliance or blunder?

Feb. 7, 2014

The House GOP rank-and-file have seemingly succeeded in delaying the leadership’s immigration “reform” – at least for the time being. House Speaker John Boehner explained why reform could be shelved: “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws, and it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes. … [We] do not believe that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as it was intended to be. The president seems to change the health care law on a whim, whenever he likes. Now he’s running around the country telling everyone that he’s going to keep acting on his own.” We’re hesitant to ascribe savvy strategic thinking to the GOP, but it’s possible that they rolled out a reform proposal only to withdraw it while highlighting Obama’s untrustworthiness. Then again, rumor has it Boehner’s job was on the line, and maybe that’s what gave him strategic perspective.

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