On Monday, Senator Marco Rubio—whose parents famously fled Castro's Cuba before that was even a thing to do—ganged up with seven other senators (including John "Teh Surge" McCain and Lindsey "Benghazi" Graham) to unveil a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform.
No doubt this was a calculated move by Rubio; he doesn't need any GOP consultants telling him that "send them all back" is no longer a viable electoral strategy—but it was heroic nonetheless.
He now finds himself on the opposing side of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and the National Review; they recognize that offering millions of freeloaders a path to citizenship would be good for the Democrats, and as such, bad for the country.
On the other hand, an influx of foreign invaders would necessitate giving little womenz unfettered access to the biggest, scariest-looking guns imaginable—which is what America is all about.
Well, that and Israel, apparently.
Meet the Press: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey; Roundtable: Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Ralph Reed (Faith and Freedom Coalition), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and David Brooks (New York Times).
Face the Nation: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; Jim Nantz (CBS Sports); Phil Simms (CBS Sports); Shannon Sharpe (CBS Sports).
This Week: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Former Washington, DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Jorge Ramos (Univision), Paul Krugman (New York Times), Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA).
Fox News Sunday: NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre; Former Astronaut Mark Kelly; Roundtable: Former Romney Campaign Adviser Kevin Madden, Nina Easton (Fortune Magazine), Radio Host Laura Ingraham and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).
State of the Union: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey; Former NFL Player Hines Ward; Former Sen. George Allen (R-VA); Reliable Sources: Dana Milbank (Washington Post); Amy Holmes (The Blaze); Terrence Smith (Formerly of PBS); Pete Dominick (SiriusXM); Marisa Guthrie (Hollywood Reporter); Bob Costas (NBC Sports); Barbara Lippert (MediaPost).
The Chris Matthews Show: Michael Duffy (TIME); Katty Kay (BBC); Howard Fineman (Huffington Post); Annie Lowrey (New York Times).
Fareed Zakaria GPS: Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates; Former Vice President Al Gore (D).
Up with Chris Hayes: Economist/Author Joseph Stiglitz; President Emeritus of Bennett College for Women Julianne Malveaux; Author Michelle Goldberg; Former Foreign Policy Adviser to Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich Kiron Skinner; Author Michael Hastings; Barbara Slavin (Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center); Ali Gharib (Daily Beast); Michael Brendan Dougherty (The American Conservative); Joe Weisenthal (BusinessInsider.com); Former Partner at Bain Capital Edward Conard.
60 Minutes will be preempted by Super Bowl XLVII, which kicks off at 6:30 pm ET.
On Comedy Central...
Jon Stewart took his best shot at "Skeeters"—people who refuse to believe that President Obama has ever fired a gun.
The Daily Show
Monday: Former Washington, DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee
Tuesday: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
Wednesday: Former CEO of AT&T and GM Ed Whitacre
Thursday: Former TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky
And Stephen Colbert weighed in on the growing "state sovereignty" movement.
The Colbert Report
Monday: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Tuesday: Author Julie Andrews
Wednesday: Author Lawrence Wright
Thursday: Director Behn Zeitlin
Highly-paid mouthpiece Sarah Palin explained to Breitbart.com why she and Fox News recently parted ways.
"I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism," she told the site. "That means broadening our audience. I'm taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We just can't preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience."
Like clockwork, The National Review chimed in with complaints about President Obama's description of Nazism.
President Obama issued a statement yesterday to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He noted that survivors who bore witness to "the horrors of the cattle cars, ghettos, and concentration camps have witnessed humanity at its very worst and know too well the pain of losing loved ones to senseless violence." [...]
The idea that all violence is "senseless" violence is one that has taken deep root on the left; it’s also, unfortunately, one that poses a major impediment to understanding the world.
Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly "senseless."
And, in related news...
Idaho state Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R) compared the fate of insurance companies under Obamacare to that of Jews under the Nazis.
"The insurance companies are creating their own tombs. Much like the Jews boarding the trains to concentration camps, private insurers are used by the feds to put the system in place because the federal government has no way to set up the exchange.
Based on legislation and the general process that is written toward this legislation, the federal government will want nothing to do with private insurance companies. The feds will have a national system of health insurance and they will eliminate the insurance companies."