John Cole has a post entitled The Reaction to Immigration which I enjoyed.
I really have not paid too much attention to the immigration bill, and anything with the handprints of Kennedy and Bush is probably something that is flawed in so many ways it is hard to count, but I have to admit, what I am really enjoying is the reaction from the 28%ers. Hugh Hewitt and Dean Barnett are going to explode any time now, and Michelle Malkin is equally volcanic (really, just go to the top and scroll). Their readers and echo chorus are in a predictable lather, as well.
Bush and the last few congresses have betrayed every principle conservatives ever stood for, and these folks were there with pom-poms the whole ride, degrading the debate and attacking anyone who dared to disagree with Bush. These are the folks who pushed Schiavo, these are the folks who said little to nothing over the hideous bankruptcy bill, these are the folks who told us all to STFU and let Bush lead us in the debacle in Iraq, these are the folks who insist that torture and invasive surveillance are first order conservative principles. I could list 100 more things, but why bother?
And now their ox has been gored, and they are freaking out.
Immigration doesn’t get me too excited, probably because I haven’t been personally been harmed to any great extent and because the immigrants I have met very often seem to be stand up people. If they have violated the law, it strikes me as being closer to the traffic violation end of the spectrum and further from the violent crime side of things. It’s malum prohibitum and not malum in se. It seems like a practical problem with practical, negotiable solutions. But, I suspect the core of the 28% of folks who still support Bush don’t see it this way. I think it’s an emotional issue for them and the fact that they’re being betrayed by their Commander in Chief stings them bitterly.