Six years ago this month, re-election campaign looming, Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana joined 15 other Democrats to shoot down an overhaul of the immigration system, which she said encouraged “illegal behavior” with “a generous path to citizenship” for “people who have broken the law to enter this country.”

Ms. Landrieu’s next campaign is already upon her. Republicans have made her a prime target in their quest to retake the Senate in 2014. But on immigration, her tone has changed markedly, as has what she called her own internal political compass.

“Sometimes it just takes awhile for issues to marinate,” Ms. Landrieu said, indicating she is a likely “yes” on a Senate bill offering a route to citizenship for 11 million people in the country illegally. “You can kind of feel like the public is ready to do this, and wants to do it.”

via This Time, Greater Will to Overhaul Immigration –