This has been the plan all along. They know this sham will likely not pass in the House so they can use the failure to call the GOP racist. It’s not as if we didn’t see this coming, just now they’re admitting it.
Democrats say immigration reform will be a campaign issue in 2014 if Republicans block an effort to create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
Immigration reform is President Obama’s top domestic initiative, and signing it into law would give him a significant second-term accomplishment, which eluded his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.
Failure would hand the president a major disappointment, but the silver lining is that it would give Democrats a powerful issue to wield in 2014 and 2016.
“I think it would be,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), when asked if Democrats would make immigration reform a campaign issue if legislation stalls on Capitol Hill.
“Voting against this bill is a political disaster for the Republican Party,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist working with the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral and Balanced Immigration Overhaul. “They need to be reminded there are sound policy reasons to vote for it but also significant political reasons as well.”