Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Manuel Roig-Franzia, a Washington Post staff writer and the author of “The Rise of Marco Rubio” (yeah, no bias here), has a Book review of ‘Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution’ by Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick:
In the spring of 2002, a young Florida state representative named Marco Rubio sized up one of his mentors, Jeb Bush.
“He’s practically Cuban, just taller,” Rubio quipped to a journalist. “He speaks Spanish better than most of us.”
Few could dispute Rubio’s inclusion of Bush in a kind of honorary Hispanics club. Here was a highly consequential Republican governor, a conservative juggernaut who slashed government payrolls and tangled with teachers unions, who also happened to fit in seamlessly with Hispanics. Bush, who is married to a Mexican American woman, would go on to champion the Dream Act. He’d tout driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and in-state college tuition breaks for their children.