Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), currently dipping his toe in the water for 2016, opined that undocumented immigrants are breaking the law as an “act of love.”
Imagine how well that went over with his fellow Republicans.
The comments raised eyebrows, even among Bush allies and supporters of immigration reform. Boehner, appearing on Fox News on Monday, said he understood what Bush was saying but that “we’re also a nation of laws. And for those who are here without documents, they’re going to have to face the law at some point.”
McCain, an author of the Senate immigration bill that Bush has praised, told The Hill on Tuesday Bush’s point “probably could have been better phrased.”
“They came here for opportunity,” McCain said of illegal immigrants. “That’s why wave after wave of immigrants have come to this country, because they wanted a better life. I think that’s what he meant.”
I think Mr. Bush doesn’t really want to run for president. So far he’s exhibited about as much passion for it as you’d expect from someone emptying a cat box, and if he’s trying to be the “reasonable alternative” to the Tea Party-infused electorate, he’s going over like a ham sandwich at a seder.
I think it’s safe to say that a year from now, Jeb Bush is going to be just another guy picking up a cup of coffee at the Starbucks on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables.