Strictly political “kudos” to the Democrats for making the ongoing immigration debate a Republican affair. The GOP has rent itself in two over the issue while the Dems have been able to sit back and grin. But the honeymoon may be over. A co-worker–this person is predisposed to Democrats, doesn’t like Bush and is only mildly interested in politics (you know, your typical Rhode Islander)–told me this morning, “I didn’t realize the Democrats were for legalizing illegal immigrants. Sheesh.” Welp, probably too little, too late.
At this point, it seems a fait accompli that the omnibus Immigration Bill will be passed, even though there isn’t even close to broad-based support for it. I wonder if the political class will suffer at the polls for this…or will their gambit pay off and this will be all forgotten by 2008, replaced by more pressing issues like health care reform or some newly defined crisis.