John McCain earlier today on the Senate GOP’s collapse and his leadership of that collapse:
This is the first step. We can and must complete this legislation sooner rather than later. We all know that this issue can be caught up in extracurricular politics unless we move forward as quickly as opssible. This is a product of a long hard trail of negotiation, and I am sure that there are certain provisions that each of us would not agree with, but this is what the legislative process is all about, this is what bipartisanship is all about when there is a requirement for this nation and its security that transcends party lines. I am proud to have been a small part of it.
The “any-deal-will-do” McCain camp took advantage of the paralysis engineered last year by the “no-deal-period” camp to produce amnesty-lite with barely half of the real fence mandated last year, and that half may itself get built. Senator McCain could have stopped this disaster but instead chose the spotlight again and the praise of the MSM over the interests of the country, his party and especially over the opinion of the vast majority of grass-root Republicans who are for a serious border fencing effort combined with strict and specific employer sanctions, a tamper-proof i.d. and regularization without citizenship for at least a couple of decades.
For those new to McCain-speak, allow me to translate:
Deal’s done. I am the guy. I made it happen. My opinion mattered, not yours. What I do in the middle of a campaign for president has nothing to do with politics. My critics are all motivated by politics. Since I have already made up my mind, no debate is necessary, so shut up. Republicans especially shut up. This is how things get done in D.C.: You roll over for Democrats. And by the way, cutting half the fence and leaving the other half subject to the whims of the anti-border security bureaucracy equals protecting national security, just like the Gang of 14 was good for the confirmation process and McCain-Feingold good for the First Amendment. So, if you didn’t hear me the first time: Shut up. Sit down. I’m your nominee.
I’m John McCain and I approved of this message.
John McCain’s antics throughout 2005-2006 cost the GOP the majority in the Senate. Now he’s going to do for Smith, Sununu, Coleman and others what he did for DeWine, Talent and Santorum.
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint: (ht: Powerline):
I hope we don’t take a thousand page bill written in secret and try to ram it through the Senate in a few days. This is a very important issue for America and we need time to debate it.
But the little we do know about the bill is troubling. According to reports, the bill contains a new ‘Z-visa’ that allows those who entered our country illegally to stay here permanently without ever returning home. This rewards people who broke the law with permanent legal status, and puts them ahead of millions of law-abiding immigrants waiting to come to America. I don’t care how you try to spin it, this is amnesty.
UPDATE: A representative e-mail on the effect of McCain-Kennedy 2.0:
I am angry, heart broken and nauseated over this bill. I have voted
republican my entire life. Not anymore!
My husband is a legal immigrant and citizen. He now feels his
citizenship to this country means NOTHING!
We live in Tucson and deal with low wages, rising crime and 1 trauma
center for a population of 1 million.
As far as I’m concerned, John McCain, Jon Kyl and the rest of the
republican party that refuses to listen to it’s constituents are
Karen ____/ Tucson