When faced with Marco Rubio’s hints about an immigration compromise, the Washington Post is acting like Sally Draper at a Beatles concert:
In recent days, Rubio has quietly reached out to a number of immigrant advocates who are usually White House allies but have grown frustrated with some of the president’s policies. Some of the activists say they are open to Rubio’s effort — even though it would stop short of a provision in the Democratic-backed Dream Act to create a path to citizenship — because it would at least provide some relief to people at risk of being deported.
Rubio has not put his plan on paper, but his office describes it as an “alternative” to the Dream Act that would legalize certain young people who came to the United States while they were children. The measure would grant non-immigrant visas so qualified young people could remain in the United States for college or to serve in the military.
If that’s not weak enough for you, then check out the rest of the article. It takes a fair number of weasel words (Obama “seems” to be responding to Rubio, Obama “could risk” losing Hispanic votes) and a few cherry-picked quotes from “activists” and back-benchers to animate the fantasy that Republicans will vote for some kind of immigration compromise. Luckily for the Post, Peter Wallstein, who was apparently once lead writer for Teen and Tiger Beat, has what it takes to get the job done.