No Chuck Schumer this week but the three other horsemen of comprehensive immigration reform — McCain, Graham, and Dick Durbin — will all make the rounds on behalf of earned amnesty. Maverick might be worth watching for once, not for his thoughts on the path to citizenship but for his thoughts on where things stand with Hagel’s nomination. If he changes his mind on an up-or-down vote and calls for a filibuster, that could be it. And privately, Democrats will shed no tears.
The other spotlight this morning is on Rand Paul, who’ll elaborate on the containment strategy outlined in his foreign-policy speech this week and try to explain how his tea-party SOTU rebuttal will differ in any significant way from Rubio’s. The line-up via National Journal:
Meet the Press hosts House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Face the Nation hosts Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.
This Week hosts Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
Fox News Sunday hosts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
State of the Union hosts Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.