As Senator Patrick Leahy said this week, you can’t say to one bunch of married people we like you and we’ll ensure you get your visas, but then turn to another group of married people and say, but we don’t like you and we’re going to discriminate against you.
The presumption in America is that all citizens are born equal. If that’s what we say, it’s how we should act.
By surrendering this argument before he even had it last week, Schumer caught a bad case of the reactionary horse-trading that has already pushed the GOP to the edge of the political abyss.
It would be tragic and infuriating if now – in the moment that could deliver the greatest triumph of his political career –Schumer instead follows them over the precipice into irrelevance too.