WASHINGTON – In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in the House and conservatives’ implacable opposition to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

Think they care about the issue or are playing politics? You judge:

“The discussion is how to put the Democrats in a box without attacking the president,” said one aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Senate bill sounds very reasonable, which I guess is why only half the wingnuts voted for it. Republicans don’t want any comprehensive solution. They just want to fire up the racist bigots and get more votes. It’s pretty clear.

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