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GOP prepares to blame Obama for immigration deal collapse

While much of Washington seems very confident that a major immigration reform bill will pass this year, I remain skeptical. As I wrote yesterday, there are still some major obstacles, like "the Republican Party" and "the conservative movement." But Rush Limbaugh, no friend to the undocumented, recently gave reform supporter Marco Rubio a very generous and non-confrontational interview.

This is a big deal, because Limbaugh is going to either give Republican lawmakers cover to support reform without incurring the wrath of their constituents, or he is going to kill the entire thing. The fact that Limbaugh went out of his way to be respectful to Rubio is a sign that Rubio's got breathing room to actually push for real reform.

But Rubio also repeatedly made it plain that he is leaving himself the option of walking away from the whole thing and blaming Obama.

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