Columnist Charles Krauthammer suggested Thursday evening that Obama’s upcoming drive for immigration reform is a cynical political ploy, one he’ll use to portray Republicans as bigoted.
Krauthammer, who spoke on Fox New Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier, said Obama’s goal is to help Democrats in the 2014 elections, not to actually pass an immigration bill he knows has little chance of approval.
I think he knows he’s not going to have a good chance to get immigration through. But he thinks – and he’s probably right – that he can exploit this for the midterm elections to gin up support for the Democrats, to portray Republicans as anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic, etcetera.
Obama Thursday listed immigration reform as one of his top three priorities, and widespread reports suggest it will be his main focus now that the government shutdown is over.