Will The GOP Follow Rubio On Immigration?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 25 2013 @ 8:37pm

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Jennifer Rubin has been surprised that “Rubio has gotten favorable to glowing reviews from previously hard-line opponents of comprehensive immigration reform.” Larison wonders if it will last:

[T]here are a lot of movement conservatives that like Rubio and they are trying to protect him and his future political prospects from a damaging backlash. Instead of vilifying him as they would McCain, these movement conservative fans present him as a “problem-solver,” which is a term that they might normally ridicule when it involves supporting policies that they otherwise reject. Things may change once there is legislation to be debated and voted on. The noteworthy thing about the movement conservative response to Rubio’s immigration proposal is that his status as a conservative folk hero has so far shielded him from the hostility and criticism that he would normally be facing.