“Bets are sort of off for major left-leaning outhouse-smelling legislation at the moment. The President has about 5 cents of political capital left to spend, and congress critters are concerned about their political lives.”
Normally, I’d agree with you but Obama is desperate, I think. He’s not so much concerned with his legacy as much as he is concerned with fundamentally changing America to his viewpoint.
Passing an immigration bill would gut the GOP and would go a long way to changing forever the electoral map. I believe that Obama would have no problem falling on his sword (and asking member sof Congress to fall on theirs too) in order to effect the kind of change he’s thinking about.