I know I keep hammering this point, but it really blows my mind how stupid these Republicans are. Not all of them, of course, but enough.
John Hawkins from Right Wing News talked to his Senate source again:
Before we finished up, I asked my source what he thought the prospects of passage were. He stated that it is a toss up, but that the pro-amnesty side has the momentum. I asked how that could possibly be given the outpouring of anger against this bill, and he told me that a lot of moderates are afraid of being called racists by people like Michael Chertoff, Luis Gutierrez, and Fred Barnes. He also noted that the Senate has a very insulated, clubhouse-like atmosphere, and that a lot of these pro-amnesty senators seem to be more worried about getting the President or Trent Lott mad at them than enraging the voters in their states. In addition, he told me that he thinks a lot of these senators have “drunk the DC Kool-Aid”, and believe that they’re better off passing a bad bill, even one that won’t ultimately become law if, as expected, the House kills it, so that they can at least tell the voters in 2008 that they did something about immigration.
For crying out loud, how do they think enraging the voters in their own state is going to work out for them the next time they’re up for re-election?
How can they not see how they’re hurting the party?
I asked my source what his boss thinks the fallout from this bill would be. He advised me that his boss, and some of his boss’ conservative colleagues in the Senate, believe that this bill could gin up so much outrage on the right that it could lead to the GOP having an even worse year in 2008 than it did in 2006.
That’s some damn, strong Kool-Aid they’re drinking, up there.