Rubio's Reward: Continued Leftist Attacks
Continuing a trend set by President Barack Obama, the left--as voiced by MSNBC--continued to heap abuse on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the crime of bipartisan cooperation, with Chris Hayes taking to the airwaves on All In to accuse Rubio of secretly working behind the scenes to undermine the legislation.
Hayes accused Rubio of "backdoor shenanigans," saying that while Rubio is trying to be a "hero of the Republican donor and consultant class," he is amending his bill to pander to the "anti-immigration" faction.
Conservatives are largely aware of what Rubio is doing. Most consider his stance a sincere but misguided effort at immigration reform. Few are impressed by his amendments; if he is pandering, it's not working.
But Hayes's comments are a reminder that the left punishes Republicans for attempts at bipartisanship. Yes, Hayes praises Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the same segment--but only for the purpose of setting him up as a foil to Rubio. Similarly, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was the media's darling--until he was Barack Obama's opponent, when it became necessary to re-cast him as an extremist. This is why Washington is divided, and why, in the present climate, staunch conservatism earns more respect than moderation--from both sides.