Rubio’s Novel Immigration Reform Strategy

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio, who not that long ago was going to be the “savior” of the Republican Party by leading it to play a role in the enactment of comprehensive immigration reform, has performed a 180 degree turn on the subject, you’d hope he’d admit his flip-flop or shut up about it. But no: he wants us to understand (per a report from The Hill‘s Peter Sullivan) that embracing a legislative repeal of the very DACA policies he once embraced is just a new strategy for immigration reform. Seriously:

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant told The Hill that Rubio’s strategy for achieving immigration reform, not his policies, has changed.

“We’re not talking about policy changes,” he said. “We’re talking about a more realistic way of achieving policy wins.”

Well, hell, I suppose any flip-flop can be rationalized as a “strategy” of disarming the enemy by joining his ranks, the better to betray him down the road. But at some point Republicans of every point of view on immigration policy are going to wonder why they should trust this conniving pol at all.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.