The politics of Obama’s executive order that will block the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants are clear: it should help him rally Hispanic voters frustrated by current White House policies on immigration, writes Rachel Weiner of the Washington Post.
It also could well exacerbate Republicans’ problem among Hispanic voters, which have grown over the past few years. A recent Wall Street Journal poll had Obama leading Romney among Latino registered voters 61 percent to 27 percent.
And those shifting political winds may well persuade Romney that the best/only way to counteract a major-league defeat among Hispanics is to put Rubio on the ticket.
“If in fact this announcement turns into more Latino enthusiasm for Obama, it is one more reason for Mitt Romney to look at Marco Rubio,” said Miami-based Republican strategist Ana Navarro.