Let’s see if we can dial in to Republican-establishment logic:
(a) An effort to use the Republican-controlled House’s constitutional prerogative not to fund Obamacare (a program Republicans claim to want to repeal) that prompts President Obama and congressional Democrats to shut down the government rather than negotiate concessions (notwithstanding that Obama is simultaneously and unconstitutionally ordering concessions by executive fiat) is a reckless, counterproductive strategy because riveting the public’s attention to the harm that will be done by Obamacare somehow detracted the public’s attention from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
However . . .
(b) Now, with the Obamacare debacle getting worse by the day and teeing up as the defining issue of the 2014 midterm elections, Republican leadership has decided this is the perfect time to roll out an immigration-reform proposal (i) that has nothing to do with Obamacare and is certain to detract attention from its failure; (ii) that fraudulently proclaims “enforcement first” while actually prioritizing legal status for law-breakers, thereby encouraging more law-breaking and ensuring that enforcement never happens; (iii) that depends for enforcement on a president who has demonstrated that he will not enforce the immigration laws; and (iv) that will be deeply offensive to the GOP’s already disgruntled conservative base, ensuring that droves of them will sit out the 2014 midterms.