I understand the desire to elevate the debate and take ownership early on in an effort to stave off bad media. But, honestly, Hugh-- those days are over! No matter what, if the Republicans do not fall in line with whatever the Dems put forth, they will be obstructionist nativists. The Republican brand is not going to recover from Obama and the Republican Party is just sticking a needle in their eye if they believe meeting Dems half way on immigration is going to serve them or the country well. If the strategy was to demoralize Republican voters then it has succeeded. Why bother engaging when nothing matters? The Tea Party is the most successful true grassroots political movement ever and proved to be the enemy of both parties.