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(Immigration reform bill) Postmortem: Amnesty bill 1348 sleeps with the fishes after a failed third cloture vote. When the ShAmnesty bill is only backed by 26% of the public and 50% disapprove and falling, you know it had to die somehow. When you look at the strong disapproval vs. strong approval the numbers become even bleaker. The Rove immigration strategy of trying to out pander the Democrats was a failure from the very start. If the Republicans can't run on a fundamental issue like border security, they may as well just go home and not bother running against Democrats at all.
From The Young Turks
Most on the right are understandably thrilled with last night's developments. They fought hard to kill the bill ... . But they may ultimately regret it. First, a hard-line conservative bill won't magically replace the legislation they just killed. Second, as Kevin Drum noted, their prospects for the future aren't encouraging: "(W)hen do they think they're going to get another crack at this? It's going to be years, and at this point it looks to me like the political environment in the future is more likely to be more liberal than it is to be more conservative."
From The Carpetbagger Report
One of the interesting things that contributed substantially to Rome's strength, at least through the BC years, was their flexibility and success in absorbing many different peoples into the state. …