Not sure it matters much what the Gang of Eight wants to do with immigration reform. Most of the House Republican caucus will oppose just about anything, so the real question is what happens with the ones who voted with Dems on the fiscal cliff and Sandy funding. This end game (from Steve M) sounds about right:
If I had to bet, I’d assume that nothing passes — that the House GOP will make the bill even tougher on immigrants, possibly even stripping out any path to citizenship, and it will still be deemed “amnesty” by most of them, while going too far to the right even for willing-to-compromise Democrats. Then the apparently pro-reform Republicans, Graham and McCain and Rubio and Boehner and the rest, can argue that Republicans really, really wanted reform, but Democrats insisted on “amnesty.” And those Republicans will get brownie points for trying, at least with the mainstream press (Hispanics won’t be fooled), while the crazy back-benchers will get credit with their base for stopping The Invasion Of America. And Rubio will be set up to run in 2016 as the guy who can really get this done.