Not long ago Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave an intelligent speech suggesting Republicans need to reach out and suggesting he might support a fair immigration bill.
Days later, Paul broke with himself, opposed the immigration bill and became just another small-minded rightist seeking to raise money for the doomed presidential campaign he will probably run.
I do not agree with those who casually suggest the House will never agree to a fair immigration bill. Here's why: The GOP is running out of wave-group voters to alienate. Wars against the interests of women and Hispanics, as perceived by significant majorities of women and Hispanics, are the road to ruin and permanent minority party status for a GOP with a very defective brand these days.
Karl Rove knows this. Haley Barbour knows this. My guess is House Republican leaders know this. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) definitely knows this. It is interesting that the two columnists at The Hill who have been the most friendly to Rubio on immigration have been John Feehery and myself.