Immigration Politics, Or, Paul Ryan, Call Your Office

As immigration reform heads to the House, two observations, then a question.

The observations:

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.

The question:

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