Gang of Eight’s Motivations
Well, Ramesh, do the Republicans in the Gang of Eight sincerely hold a view of the immigration issue that is different from many Republicans? Yes. But we still thought we could expect a better bill. Rich’s post cites a report that Democrats were able to extract “more concessions than they thought possible.” So even the Democrats, who knew the track record of their Republican partners, appear to have been surprised by what they managed to get. That’s why I say the Republicans wanted a deal too much.