I don't think there are very many FReepers today that would dispute that thesis. His record on immigration is not much worse than Obama's. But I've always taken the view with George Bush that even though his head is empty his heart is white and as that applies to immigration I think he was prompted by the highest of motives. He abhors racism, he was raised in Texas by a Mexican nanny, his nephew is Mexican-American. In short I think George Bush really believed that by failing to vigorously enforce those laws he was doing the right thing for his country.
I cannot honestly say that Marco Rubio is not similarly and nobly motivated. He is after all a Cuban-American. But my objection goes to the idea of betrayal. We hire our representatives to be our paladins and we entrust them with pursuing our interests not to sell them out to the other side. Whether Rubio thought he was portraying himself as a statesman, whether he thought he was banking the Latino vote for 2016, or whether he simply thought he was doing the right thing, I cannot say but I can say that he betrayed the conservatives who sent him to Washington.
We have entered an age when the country is at stake and we conservatives can no longer tolerate betrayal. The Mitch McConnells and the John Boehners are the figureheads but they are replicated up and down the line in the Republican ranks. Rubio's betrayal was all the more painful because his fall from grace was so dramatic and so steep and the damage is so grave.
Rubio told us that legalization was not the priority and turned around and said, in Spanish, that legalization was the priority. D*** liar.