Trying to uncomfortably straddle the middle are the would-be presidential class of 2016. So Rubio pushes inexorably forward on the issue all the while trying to give very high profile voice to conservative concerns. Further to his right Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has ostensibly embraced some form of reform, called for the whole process to slow down because of the Boston attacks.
Pace is critical. Enemies of reform reportedly plan to kill it by grinding it to a halt. Which brings us back to Boehner. Immigration reform could well come down to the question of whether he values his national party's interests over his House colleagues' hard-line desires.
My bet is Boehner saves the GOP from itself and lets a reform bill pass.
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