Obama is apparently set to deliver a ringing endorsement of immigration reform today–but read the fine print: he rejects the terms of the Senate compromise, which trades a Democrat “path to citizenship” for Republican border security. Obama may think he is strong enough after re-election not to have to compromise, or perhaps he wants to scuttle a deal (as he has done at least twice before).
Either way, this would seem to be yet another piece of evidence that Obama prefers gridlock to progress, as long as he can hope to destroy public support for his opponents and win something bigger in the long run.
Nervous Republicans who were conflicted about the Senate deal may well thank him for making opposition easier. What would they ever do if Obama actually did the right thing for the country–for once?