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The Method To Steve King's Madness

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 2: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks at a press conference on the Official English Act. It would establi
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 2: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks at a press conference on the Official English Act. It would establish English as the official language of the United States government and would require all official functions of the United States to be conducted in English. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

The most notorious moment of Representative Steve King's career was cleverly calculated.

The immigration debate had undergone a sea change in favor of reform, with bipartisan Senate passage of a sweeping bill in the months after Hispanics carried President Obama to a resounding reelection victory. The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, kept up the pressure on the House by delivering speeches arguing that young undocumented

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