I hear that at the weekly House GOP conference, Speaker Boehner firmly committed to the Hastert rule on immigration reform legislation, with no wiggle room. Boehner explained that he, Pelosi, and Hastert have violated the rule when they had no leverage and other options were worse, e.g., with fiscal-cliff legislation. But this is not the case with immigration reform, he said.
Boehner’s view, from what I’m hearing, is that President Obama doesn’t want a bill. He wants an issue for 2014.
The way things are going for Obama, I can understand why.