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By Ed Driscoll · May 17, 2007 02:57 PM · Democracy In America · The Future and its Enemies · War And Anti-War

Glenn Reynolds has some thoughts on the immigration bill: "Whether or not this is a good bill -- which I'm not sure of one way or another -- it's likely to be political disaster for the GOP. Can you say 'death wish?'"

Dean Barnett lists one potential immediate casualty: "Today’s events put the non-viability of the McCain candidacy into stark relief. McCain has committed so many offenses to conservatives over the past six years that he can’t realistically hope to emerge from their shadow".

Update: Meanwhile, another congressional story may be flying under radar while the immigration bill dominates the news, at least in the Blogosphere: "Congress OKs $2.9 trillion budget plan".

More: Ed Morrissey has a contrarian take on the immigration bill:

As I wrote yesterday, this is about as good as we will get in this Congress. In fact, the Democrats probably had enough votes to pass something much more like a wide-open amnesty, given a few Republican votes in support of that and the relaxed attitude of the White House on immigration reform. The GOP did a pretty good job of holding the line and forcing the Democrats to include the border-first triggers, the reduction of the family interest, and the rest of what Kyl managed to retain.

It's not great, and it's not even very good. It's not bad, though, and given our lack of strength in Congress and the White House on this issue, it's a good deal that will strengthen our national security now rather than wait another two years to address it. To quote the Rolling Stones, you can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need. This is one of those times.

I don't think that argument is going to mollify Hugh Hewitt, who's not a happy camper--to the say the least--on his radio show right now.



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