From Today's Evans-Novak report:
The Washington Post was correct in editorializing that Democrats had killed the immigration bill. Reid decided that immigration is better used as a political issue than a legislative one, hence his decision to block all amendments, leading to the bill's death on the floor.
At a meeting of principals, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) proposed a compromise by which some amendments to toughen the bill would receive a vote on the floor.
Reid refused. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took Reid's side. He reportedly remarked to a colleague that he didn't care whether a bill passed because Democrats would gain three Senate seats this fall and return to construct an immigration bill as they liked. Schumer and Reid are actually harnessing the Right's rage over the immigration issue to unleash it against Republicans.
Reid has shown his skill once again at dragging out the legislative calendar. Despite a 10-seat disadvantage in the upper chamber of Congress, he has figured out numerous ways of milking the clock, draining away the last precious days of the large GOP Senate majority. The entire week he managed to waste on the immigration bill was a serious accomplishment. Reid likewise forced the waste of an entire week on the asbestos issue.
The comments of House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday--that a guest-worker bill would be inappropriate until border security had been finished--represents a change of direction, a new recognition that the immigration bill is dead. Senators rejected cloture on a stand-alone border-enforcement bill after the compromise on the immigration bill died. This could become a weapon for Republicans in some races. No Democrat supported the enforcement bill.
Could it be a weapon? Sure. Will it? It depends on whether conservatives can stop beating their team up long enough to whack the opposition. Think letting the donkeys run the show will end in border enforcement? Go ahead and punish the Republicans for Democrat obstruction. They aren't perfect, right? That'll show those Republicans! That's what Schumer wants too. Should we run down a list of the other things Schumer promotes and opposes to see how well the meriad of conservative causes are advanced by giving Democrats the power that they lust after?