Essentially, this is the usual set of clich?©s about asserting leadership and placing principle above partisanship - although Nowicki does allow some voice to Kyl’s outraged former supporters.
”Unfortunately…” said Rob Haney, the Republican chairman in legislative District 11, where Kyl lives, ” I think his legacy is going to be that he is the one who pushed the 'amnesty' bill against 90 percent of the Republican base and 80 percent of the country."
But there is something valuable in this piece: an insight into the attitude of some Hispanic (a.k.a. "Martinez" )Republicans:
To Elias Bermudez, founder and chief executive of the pro-immigration group Immigrants Without Borders, Kyl is "a true statesman…"
A registered Republican, Bermudez predicts that Arizona eventually will be a Hispanic majority state and says …strident anti-immigrant commentary from other Republican segments turns off many Hispanics...
That wasn't always so. President Ronald Reagan signed the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli legislation that granted amnesty to more than 3 million illegal immigrants…"We consider him to be a hero, and he's the reason why I became a Republican, for instance." (VDARE.com emphasis)