While some focus on the freak show aspects of the coming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting — does anyone really care what Sarah Palin will say, and is anyone except joyous Democrats and suicidal Republicans not yet bored by what Ted CruzTed CruzWith Freedom Caucus dig, Trump masters the media ... again Texas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? MORE says? — the real show will lie in the Bush v. Rubio battle over immigration. Former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, who is likely running for president, has fired an anti-immigration shot over the bow of current Florida Republican Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Senate Intel holds Russia hearing | WH struggles to respond to latest Nunes development | Trump extends Obama cyber threat order Rubio: Former campaign aides targeted by IP address in Russia Live coverage: Senate intel holds first public Russia hearing MORE, who is likely running for president, by opposing a path to citizenship on immigration. Democrats are joyous.
Candidly, I do not understand the Bush strategy. Sure, he helps himself in GOP primaries with red meat to the far right. But by doing so, he walks in the footsteps of the man who recently called for voluntary deportation and was shellacked by Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOvernight Tech: GOP faces backlash over internet privacy repeal | AT&T lands .5B contract for first responder network | Tech knocks Trump climate order Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate Intel holds Russia hearing | WH struggles to respond to latest Nunes development | Trump extends Obama cyber threat order Overnight Energy: Greens sue Trump over Keystone XL | House passes EPA science bill MORE.
Further alienating Hispanics is not a good plan for the GOP, but the GOP has lost most recent national elections because they chose — like Mitt Romney did, like Bush does — a bad plan.
It will be interesting to watch how tough and solid Rubio is on immigration at CPAC.
It will be equally interesting to watch the CPAC crowd. Will they cheer Bush, boo Rubio, and further doom national Republicans? Will Rubio fold when confronted? Or will Rubio be a strong leader and speak to CPAC as Bill ClintonBill ClintonChelsea Clinton dismisses rumors she'll run for public office: report Trump seeks to stop lawsuit from ‘Apprentice’ contestant Trump asks why Clintons' ties to Russia aren't under investigation MORE once spoke to Sister Souljah, as I recently suggested would be the best path to GOP revival?
Meanwhile, Texas Democrats are excited, while Florida Democrats are eyeing polls that show they could win a big victory in the 2014 election for governor, and let’s put Arizona on the list of future blue states. Thank you, Jeb Bush, they say.
From POTUS to Pelosi, Democrats will offer immigration plans with far more appeal to Hispanics than Bush or Rubio.
No, the real show is Rubio v. Bush. At CPAC Democrats are rooting for Bush, while a certain Democratic gentlelady makes her plans to win a realigning landslide in 2016.