After successfully staring down congressional Republicans in the shutdown-debt ceiling fight, President Obama's pivot to immigration is a move with almost no downside risk.
Which makes it perfect as the next vehicle for the president to use to cause congressional Republicans major indigestion.
Obama said last year before being reelected that he hoped the Republican "fever" of opposition to him would break during his second term. But if the just completed standoff is any indication, that temperature is still spiking.
The immediate shift to immigration could be Dr. Obama's way of trying to effect a cure.
What the White House and immigration advocates working with it hope is that the political loss Republicans suffered in the recent fiscal fight will make GOP leaders desperate to show that the party can govern.