Commenting on Breitbart News’ story Saturday evening about how Senate immigration “Gang of Eight” member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has effectively un-endorsed his own immigration reform legislation, National Review editor Rich Lowry said this may be the first time in history something like this has happened.
“I’m not sure it has ever happened before that an architect of major legislation in the Senate has basically opposed its passage in the House,” Lowry wrote in a blog post on National Review‘s website on Sunday. “But that’s where Marco Rubio is.”
Lowry further argued that Rubio is in a tough situation, but if he sticks with his newfound position against the Senate bill’s passage, he may be able to weather the storm. “The politics of this aren’t great for Rubio: He has already, rightly, taken a political hit for crafting and promoting the Gang of Eight bill (which probably wouldn’t have gotten out of the Senate without his spirited support); now he is going to take another hit, understandably, for his inconstancy,” Lowry wrote. “But his stance marginally strengthens opponents of a conference, and we need all the help we can get.”
Among many conservative leaders and lawmakers, Lowry is one of the figures who has publicly called for “no conference” on the Senate bill. The editors of the National Review, including Lowry, have called on House Speaker John Boehner to publicly oppose people like Gang of Eight member Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and their plays for a conference committee.
“It would be a travesty if the House leadership subverted the will of its conference to find a way to rescue the Gang of Eight bill,” the National Review editors wrote in August. “Speaker Boehner should crush Schumer’s hopes and give his word — no conference.”