While the ultimate shape and fate of the bill is still uncertain, it is clear that Republicans now recognize the importance of immigration reform.
If Democrats wish to vent their frustration with Schumer and a two-party system controlled by corporate interests like factory farms and prison companies, they're more than welcome to defect to the Green Party.
The efforts, and hopefully the success, of Rubio and the Gang of 8 to fix the immigration problem is a hopeful sign that the dysfunction and anarchy that has characterized both Washington and politics as a whole may be coming to an end.
Despite all of the people, money, and equipment that has been thrown at the problem of illegal immigration, the agencies have proved to be a failure at accomplishing their mission. Why? A complete lack of resolve on the part of politicians to be honest about illegal immigration.
The Senate bill already makes earning legal status extraordinarily difficult, lengthy, and expensive. What do we have to gain from adding unnecessary obstacles to legalization for families simply trying to come out of the shadows?
Rubio is a younger, darker face for an old, tired agenda -- and anything but the revolutionary figure that the party needs to attract young and minority voters.
If the NSA is monitoring my phone calls I worry that they might not be correctly hearing what I'm saying. And, if this is the case, I worry even more, about what the resulting impact on my beloved U.S. of A. might be.
If you want to hear what the base voters of the Republican Party are thinking, tune to... talk radio!
While the parties in Washington remain divided on most issues, they are strongly united on at least one: nobody like Ted Cruz.
A Martinez-Rubio ticket is just as credible as any other. On paper -- with no faces and names attached -- they tick all the conservative boxes. Add in their demographic appeal and they cut into the Democrat's potentially decades-long advantage with women and Hispanic voters.
The GOP has lost support from a fast-changing electorate, one that's becoming increasingly younger, more diverse, and more supportive of equal rights. What's the party to do?
While Arpaio may be left to rot by those in his party wishing to appeal to Latinos, this does not mean that he cannot grab the camera a few more times during the immigration debate and remind everyone that Arizona GOP politics has become completely crazy in an anti-Latino dimension.
Christie received widespread praise for his determined, and anti-partisan, work to aid his citizens in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. But when it comes to protecting his state against future extreme weather assaults, Christie morphs into another know-nothing partisan.
If the GOP stands squarely in the way of reforming the "broken" immigration system, many political careers will be crushed in the wake of this vote.
The Heritage Foundation has yet to address larger and much more important questions. How could someone who traffics in specious theories on intelligence, race, and ethnicity be Heritage's policy expert on not only immigration but education?
It's not difficult to imagine a few years from now a political landscape controlled by a Democratic dynasty, where the only Republicans left in office come from states and districts where the small minority of folks who voted for them share their ignorant, intolerant 1950's ideals.