The jury in the Senate has rendered its verdict, and the immigration bill has passed.
This is a great leadership victory for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), whose influence and stature rise from his exceptional performance. It is a great leadership and presidential-caliber victory for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who conducted himself with political courage and legislative skill. It is a major victory for President Obama and liberals.
And it is a crushing defeat for the right, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is marginalized on the far right; Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who gave an eloquent speech about Republicans reaching out and then melted into insignificance like butter on a hot summer day when the going got tough; and the Heritage Foundation, whose desperate immigration paper was thoroughly discredited.