It’s Not Going to Work

by Mike on June 25, 2007

in Politics

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and in today’s political climate there is no brighter light than the conservative blogosphere. With Republican politicians torn between support from their base and contributions from Wall Street Journal types, some may try to vote for cloture and against final passage on the amnesty bill. The reasoning goes that they can claim to have opposed the bill when campaigning for re-election while guaranteeing that the bill passes over their “opposition,” thereby keeping their donors happy.

However, this strategy will not work. Too many conservative media outlets have made it well-known that a vote for cloture is a vote for amnesty. National Review’s warning is just one of many.

The fate of the bipartisan immigration deal now rests with a handful of senators who say that they are against it, but are inclined to vote to let the Senate take it up again. Do not be fooled. Any senator who votes to bring this legislation back to the Senate floor tomorrow is supporting it, and any contrary vote he casts later will be a scam designed to fool gullible voters.

Except the gullible voters have computers now. Voting for cloture is political suicide. The question is, do the Republicans know that? Over the last few years, we have seen plenty of evidence that they are not aware of what thoughts lie outside thebeltway. I guess we’ll know soon enough.

UPDATE:  Hot Air is counting votes.

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BillT June 26, 2007 at 10:04 am

The trouble is, I’m not sure it’s political suicide. They’re counting on short attention spans and a contentious house of representatives to grant them political cover. They’ll vote for it knowing it’s doomed and argue both sides in the next election.

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Mike June 26, 2007 at 11:51 am

That would have worked years ago but not anymore. As we saw in 2006, when moody conservatives say they’re going to sit out, they mean it.

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