For the Republican party Establishment, the path of least ideological resistance is to move leftward on immigration, and hopefully thus to close its cavernous deficit among Latino voters, and then to change on absolutely nothing else. That’s the course of action urged immediately after the election by Charles Krauthammer (“the problem is hardly structural. It requires but a single policy change: Border fence plus amnesty … Imagine Marco Rubio advancing such a policy on the road to 2016”).
You know who else might find this vision attractive? Marco Rubio. The Florida Senator and tea-party darling is already visiting lovely Iowa. Interestingly, as the rest of the party has piled on Mitt Romney’s vicious post-election “gifts” comments, Rubio defended Romney:
“Oh, I don’t think so,” Rubio said when asked if Romney’s comments had damaged the Republican Party’s hopes of moving forward into a new era.
“Obviously he’s coming off his election, he was talking to his donors, but you know, I think we’re all gonna move on and we’re gonna move forward, and I hope Mitt will stay involved in politics. I thought he was a great candidate, would have made a great president, and I hope he stays involved in our party.”
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