Marco Rubio, who's crafted an alternate plan to the DREAM Act, defends the timing of the proposal in an interview with The Miami Herald (ea).
“When we weren’t talking about a plan, people were criticizing me for not having one. And now that we have a plan, people are criticizing that we’re doing it in an election year.
I don’t think you can go to someone like Daniela and say, ‘hey we understand your plight, but you’re going to have to wait until after this election.’
Something tells me that he wouldn't have been promoting the plan late last year when possible running-mate Mitt Romney was bashing Rick Perry over the head with the DREAM Act (albeit the Texas version, but a DREAM Act, nonetheless).
It's odd, isn't it, how all this has timed perfectly with Romney effectively clinching the nomination.
That being said, we also know how deeply Democrats play politics on immigration, so this is certainly a two-way street, and on this issue, both the GOP and Dems often seem perilously close to Homer Simpson's maxim: "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand."