The end of the first week of the debate over immigration reform proved that it is the roller derby of public policy debates for Republicans and Democrats alike.
Louisiana Senator David Vitter was the first to provide a face plant and skid over the rails. The blowback directed at Vitter for mocking Marco Rubio was intense, and the penalty box includes a copy of An American Son for reading. “Naïve” about immigration doesn’t work well with the son of immigrants.
More seriously, Senator Schumer may have declared immigration reform over before it began by revealing the Democrats’ real position on border security: The Border Commission will have no real role except some endless meetings attended by "seconds" leading up to, well, nothing of consequence according to the New York senator. Rarely does a bipartisan "deal" break apart this quickly.
President Obama talked and talked and talked, doing so in Las Vegas in an apparent effort to remind voters where he went after he learned of the slaughter of four Americans in Benghazi.
The huge attention paid slaughter of Chuck Hagel’s credibility, which featured Hagel’s own “slaughter” quotes neither confirmed nor denied that the gun control debate no longer interested America, though the ponderously dull Anderson Cooper special on guns Thursday night did confirm that Jeff Zucker is looking at the broadcast equivalent of the Augean stables. There must have been a point in the show when the producers considered changing the town hall to the subject of immigration.
Immigration Debate Week One wasn’t a total loss however, as numerous key interviews marking out key open positions were given. Four happened on my show: