Perhaps no politician in Washington, D.C. has more at stake in the immigration bill debate than Florida Senator and prospective presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R).
Rubio was recruited into the Gang of Eight senators to serve as the unassailable conservative Republican pitch man. His job was to reassure the Republican base that the legislation was going to meet their fundamental concerns about amnesty for illegal aliens and that the legislation would not significantly increase the size and scope of government by dramatically expanding the dependency class.
And he would have succeeded except for the diligent efforts of Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and later Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to bring to light the actual content of the legislation before it was voted on.