February 19, 2013


Leak Could Push GOP Towards Immigration Plan

Talking Points Memo suggests the leak of the White House immigration reform plan -- which Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) immediately shot down as "dead on arrival" -- might be part of an overall strategy.

"Not wanting to be seen as a shill for a Democratic President's signature achievement, Rubio's strategy from the start has been to play up his differences with the White House as much as possible. This weekend's outburst was only the latest incident: in interviews with the Wall Street Journal, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservative thought leaders, Rubio has positioned himself as the right-wing antidote to a far-left White House on immigration."

"This touring indignation act isn't just for Rubio's own benefit. The Republicans he needs to win over to pass a bill will be a lot more comfortable if they think they're somehow thumbing their nose at Obama by voting for it."










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