Ambinder finds “reasons to think that the partisan gridlock that paralyzed Congress for the past several years is beginning to ease”:
The prospects for passing a major overhaul of immigration laws remains high. The media fetishizes the role of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, positing that somehow, if Rubio bolts or begs off from the task, immigration reform is dead. I think pundits are confusing Republicans rallying around Rubio as a personality who will be a viable presidential candidate with the much different optics and effects of passing an immigration bill. On the news, you might hear something like: “Marco Rubio was seen frowning today, and so immigration reform looks dead.” The next day, Republican and Democratic senators unveil part of their immigration reform bill.