As immigration reform heads to the House, two observations, then a question.
1. The Senate just passed immigration reform with the votes of only 14 of 46 Republicans, or less than one-third of the GOP caucus. Even as moderate a Republican senator as Rob Portman of Ohio failed to vote “aye.”
2. Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly insisted that he won’t even bring the bill to a vote unless it commands the support of a majority of House Republicans. I repeat. The Speaker won’t move this thing unless it commands a majority of his own caucus.
Representative Paul Ryan is perhaps the leading proponent of immigration reform among House Republicans. He’s principled and he’s very, very intelligent, Lord knows. But what can he be thinking?