In a successful defensive stand, Red America defeated the DREAM Act in the Senate this afternoon. If the DREAM Act had passed Congress, 2 million illegal aliens would have become eligible to attain U.S. citizenship, roughly 20% of illegals now in America.
The vote was 56 to 43.
Democrats fell 4 votes short of the 60 necessary to move the defense bill forward with the DREAM Act amendment. The entire Republican caucus stood firm. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas defected to the Republican opposition.
What to make of this?
1.) The first observation is that the Lincoln and Pryor defections can be explained by the disintegration of the Democratic Party in Arkansas. Like West Virginia, Arkansas is a state that is trending Republican as the Clinton Democrats defect from the national party.
Blanche Lincoln will almost certainly be defeated by John Boozman, an opponent of comprehensive immigration reform, in November. Mark Pryor doesn’t come up for reelection until 2014, but seems determined to avoid Lincoln’s likely fate.
2.) The second observation is that the myth of “conservative Democrats” has been exploded. As Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid was joined by almost his entire caucus in attempting to pass an amnesty bill, including Mark Warner and Jim Webb of Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana.
3.) The third observation is that immigration is now a partisan issue. Republicans voted for our side. Democrats voted against us. The vote on the DREAM Act afternoon established that there is an important difference between the two parties on immigration; one that will be considerably magnified by the incoming Senate.
A few years ago, this wasn’t the case. George W. Bush attempted to force his amnesty down our throats along with several of the traitors (i.e., John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar, Sam Brownback, Bob Bennett, Orin Hatch, Susan Collins, etc.) who voted against the DREAM Act this afternoon.
4.) The fourth observation is that the Tea Party movement and the sheer amount of grassroots anger against the GOP establishment has pulled the political spectrum in our direction and cowed moderates. If Lindsay Graham and John McCain had the political breathing room to vote for the DREAM Act, they would almost certainly have done so.
5.) The fifth observation is that many of the worthless politicians who voted for amnesty before are no longer with us. Larry Craig and Mel Martinez come to mind.
6.) The sixth observation is how organizations like NumbersUSA effectively harness voter outrage to mobilize against amnesty. Instead of ranting on an obscure blog or forum that no one reads, it seems to be a much more effective use of your time to let your Senator receive your Two Minute Hate instead.
7.) The seventh observation is that it was once again the hated conservative cowards and the worthless Republican Party that blocked amnesty, remarkably voting with a unified voice for once, not White Nationalists who had little impact on the fate of the DREAM Act.
The most important observation of all, which I will close with here, is that working within the mainstream defeated amnesty (defense) and got us a national debate on birthright citizenship and the Arizona immigration law (offense). Parading around Knoxville in a Nazi uniform and posting thousands of radical anonymous comments on VNN Forum accomplished nothing.