Ezra Klein notes Barack Obama's political dilemma on immigration.
Leaning too far in either direction carries risks. If the White House hangs too far back from the process, the bill could evolve in a direction they don’t like. Details of the Senate compromise are already causing some heartburn among immigration reformers, not to mention among White House policy experts. If it gets further watered-down in the House, it could become unacceptable, and the White House will be faced with the unpalatable choice of vetoing the only immigration-reform proposal that can pass or signing a bill they don’t like.
But stepping too far into the process carries its own problems. Republicans are wavering on whether to support immigration reform, but they’re firmly decided on whether they support Obama. If immigration reform becomes associated with Obama, it could mean Republicans abandon it. As hard as it is for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to make the case for a path to citizenship to Rush Limbaugh, it’s even harder for him to make a case for Obama’s path to citizenship for Rush Limbaugh.
So maybe look for immigration reform to get a label intended to personalize it to Obama and thereby make it less palatable to conservatives. Obamagration, anyone?