Finally, if McCain and Graham had prevailed last summer, millions of illegal immigrants would now have path to citizenship. Our borders, however, would not be secure, and those who wish them to be made secure would have little more than the federal government’s promise to accomplish this — a promise in which McCain now admits the American people reasonably place little faith.
UPDATE: For me, Jim DeMint is the model of what a South Carolina Senator (and indeed a Senator, period) should be. DeMint had this to say about allowing illegal immigrants to collect social security benefits on work they did while in this country illegally — an idea that McCain supported: “It makes no sense to reward millions of illegal immigrants for criminal behavior while our Social Security system is already in crisis. … Why in the world would we endorse this criminal activity with federal benefits?”
MORE: Graham’s statesmanship, by contrast, includes telling critics of the Harriet Miers nomination to “shut up” and accusing them of bad faith.
McCain, meanwhile told John Cornyn to “f*** off” (or said “f*** you,” in a “competing” version of the same meeting) when Sen. Cornyn dared to balk at being ordered out of the room by McCain during a key Senate conference on immigration reform last spring. So McCain not only got the merits wrong, he viciously attacked one of the most relilably conservative members of the Senate just for attempting to have a say on the matter.
No wonder he and Graham get along so well.