By now you are probably familiar with last week’s move by President Obama to stop deporting most illegal immigrants under the age of 30.
What the media hasn’t told you is why Obama chose to act on this policy now.
To be sure, it was about politics, about pandering to the Hispanic community in an effort to secure votes. But it was also about something more… Marco Rubio.
Rubio, who is Florida’s young Republican Senator and a potential running mate of Mitt Romney, has been working for months to put together a piece of legislation that accomplishes the exact same thing that Obama did with last week’s policy change.
When asked about Obama’s immigration theft on Fox News, Rubio responded, “I don’t think that there’s anyone watching this that doubts that it was for political reasons.”
Indeed, the move by Obama was a slam dunk, as nearly two-thirds of the country approved of his illegal immigration policy change.
Essentially Obama killed four birds with one stone by attempting to secure votes from Hispanics, doing something that’s popular with a majority of the American people, denying Marco Rubio his legacy of fixing illegal immigration, and denying Mitt Romney the opportunity to attack Obama for another failed policy.
Whether you agree or disagree with Obama’s move (Rubio says it was not constitutionally defensible), it was probably his only good political move this year.
The only saving grace (counter punch) for Rubio is that he can now talk about his efforts in the Senate to accomplish what Obama did and prove to the American public that Obama’s stunt was purely for political reasons.