Immigration Reform Really, Truly Happening

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JUNE 21:  Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) 29th Annual Conference on June 21, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Romney spoke about immigration reform as he continues to battle U.S. President Barack Obama for votes. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
Remember all of those hard line positions you had to take to get nominated? Ha-ha, forget it.Photo: Gerardo Mora/2012 Getty Images

Senate Republicans are coalescing around a bipartisan immigration reform plan. Okay, you say — but they’re Senate Republicans, not the truly crazy variety. John Stanton reports that House Republicans also have an immigration reform plan. A bipartisan one, not a round-up-all-the-Mexicans kind of plan.

It’s pretty amazing how fast this has happened. Republican leaders recognized an electoral weakness, figured it was on an issue they didn’t want to fight on anyway, and are cauterizing the wound as fast as they can.