After pitching the Gang of Eight's immigration plan in virtually every conservative forum, it's not much of a surprise that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is responding in a lengthy post to the criticisms of RedState's Erick Erickson.
It underscores how, despite Rubio's talk about how the unions are a big threat to the proposal (which isn't yet a bill), the problem is in the Republican Party. And it shows Rubio is the salesman-in-chief to conservatives, and therefore the linchpin of getting the plan passed in the Senate and, ultimately. the House.
So far, the reception has been mostly positive and even gushing when it comes to pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity. Like them, Erickson comes across as hesitant to criticize Rubio, who they built into a conservative hero. Unlike the other guys, Erickson remains intellectually honest, but with a touch of nervousness.
Consider Erickson's headline opening sentence: "I don't like Marco Rubio's immigration plan. There. I said it." His post is here. Rubio's response is here. It's long. The most-intriguing part is the kicker:I understand there are those who will not support any effort. Some raise valid points and I respect their views. But in the end, to leave things the way they are now is de facto amnesty and a barrier to accomplishing important government reforms in other areas. It is no way to run a nation of immigrants.