The attempted seduction of Senator John Cornyn by immigration reformers is akin to my effort to get Neil Patrick Harris, the best emcee ever of any awards show, to sing at my next birthday. No matter how much I offer him, he’ll turn me down.
President Barack Obama likes doing the big things. This is, after all, the man who claimed that his victorious 2008 campaign was “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
Republicans in Congress are so hungry for scalps, they just can’t leave well enough alone. The scandal engulfing the Internal Revenue Service is a story that’s playing to their benefit. Yesterday, after having the weekend to think about it, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida puffed himself up and called on the president to “demand the IRS commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately.”
Usually when a senator suffers a big public defeat, he slinks off to lick his wounds. He rarely retwists the arms that didn’t bend his way. Colleagues don’t like to be seen switching. Were they horribly mistaken the first time? Don’t know what they believe?