Karl Rove is now a laughingstock. But he remains a power-broker in Republican politics based on work that others began more than 30 years earlier, in the 70s, to create his party's conservative voting base.
In a growing wave of support, as Arizona edges toward a possible Blue upset in the fall, local Democrats have mobilized to bring one of their own rising stars to the forefront of a race with national implications.
Arizona lawmakers are today considering four anti-labor bills that would strip away the existing rights of public sector unions, weaken the state's personnel system and make it easier to fire public employees.
When fear is rampant on all sides of the immigration debate, perhaps the recognition of a basic commonality can serve as a crucible for turning this into an opportunity for Arizonans to act well with the eyes of the nation now squarely upon us.