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Francis Wilkinson

Immigration Will Be Obama's Wedge

The president seems set to welcome his new Republican overlords with a hatchet.
Iceberg wedge. 
Iceberg wedge. 

President Barack Obama used his post-election news conference yesterday to make two promises. First, to cooperate more with Republicans, and, second, to use his executive authority to drive a political wedge into the new Republican majority before the end of the year, splintering it before it even takes office.

Obama didn't actually pledge to drive a big ol' wedge into the Republican Party. But that's effectively what he meant when he said that he'd act unilaterally to ease life for undocumented immigrants -- potentially millions of them.