2007 June 16 Saturday
Only Cloture Vote Matters On Resurrected Immigration Amnesty

We need to take back control of the Senate. It has fallen into enemy hands. The United States Senate is not run for the American people. It is run by and for a clubby elite. John Hawkins at Right Wing News has an insightful account of how really only the cloture vote matters for the next round of the immigration amnesty fight.

First off, it does look like the Senate immigration bill is coming back. The conventional wisdom seems to be that it's going to be brought up right before the July 4th break, so that the Senate Republican leadership can try to use that as leverage to get votes (In other words, "vote for the bill or we'll have to waste your vacation time until you do").

This is despite the fact that the conservative leaders of the anti-amnesty movement are refusing to cooperate, and won't give Mitch McConnell a list of amendments that they want considered. My source tells me that the reason for this is that the game has now been rigged. McConnell is essentially promising to bring the amendments up in exchange for cloture votes, but Trent Lott is publicly saying that they will strip any problematic amendments out in committee.

The amendment game won't matter. Some Senators will vote for some of the amendments counting on those amendments to get stripped out in a House-Senate committee meeting to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the amnesty bill.

In other words, if the bill gets through the Senate and the House, the Democrats and the open borders Republicans will work together when the bills have to be reconciled in committee to strip out any amendments that the "grand bargainers" don't like. Therefore, at this point, it doesn't matter what amendments pass, because any tough enforcement provisions that slip through will be rendered toothless when the bills are reconciled.

Some "moderate" Senators who favor amnesty are going to be allowed to vote against the bill by Senate leaders because they are up for election in 2008 in close elections. So those Senators also need to be targeted for defeat in the next primaries and next election along with all the Senators that vote to end cloture.

Immigration restriction comes down to winning elections. We need to defeat some of the bad apples. Trent Lott and Mitch McConnell should be targeted with primary challengers. Any other Banana Republican who has voted for cloture who will vote for cloture in the next attempt to pass S.1348 needs to get defeated. The immigration restrictionists need to build up a national movement to defeat sitting members of Congress. In spite of intense pressure by constituents far too many US Senators of both parties are in contempt of the will of the electorate. We have a big problem with these people.

What I want to know: Will the right wingers who are disgusted with Bush and who see the Republican Party as broken join a movement and work to take back control of Congress? Or will their anger fade once this latest battle over amnesty is decided?

Update: Trent Lott does not like a free press that is powerful enough to apply pressure on Imperial Senators.

The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”

At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in “younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.”

The majority of Republican Senators should vote to remove Lott and McConnell from leadership positions. The majority of Republican voters should vote to replace these yahoos in Republican primaries.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 June 16 09:37 PM  Immigration Politics

Ned said at June 18, 2007 5:09 AM:

R.I.P. - Republican Party. Cause of Death - Suicide.

Sven said at June 18, 2007 8:49 AM:

The real problem is that the United States has always been a plutocracy first and a democracy second. This means that if wealthy Democrats and Republicans are willing to destroy the United States for their own financial gain then there is little that the rest of us can do about it.

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