The GOP base is going into full revolt over this immigration bill/easy amnesty bill that the Bush administration and some 'Pubs in Congress are pushing. The blogs aren't being quiet, either. The donors, however, are apparently being deafening in their silence. A lot of buzz about this today. Needless to say, the Republicans need to do a SERIOUS about-face on this issue. Right now, I'm REALLY supporting a Fred Thompson/Duncan Hunter ticket come 2008.
--- The Washington Times reports that small-donor contributions to the RNC are off 40% from where they should be, mostly due to the grassroots donors who are rebelling against this immigration bill.
--- The News Buckit calls for the U.S. to "enforce the laws on the books and protect that border!" That kind of common sense is too much for Congress to figure out, I guess. They also note that Bush's poll numbers were hovering around 33-35% before this mess, but that this bill could so alienate himself from the GOP base, that he could possibly poll below Nixon's Watergate-era poll numbers (25%) if he continues pushing this bill.
--- La Shawn Barber has now lost all faith in President Bush, referring to him as "an idiot", and stating that Bush will go down in history as a man who turned America into a 3rd world country.
--- Peggy Noonan makes an astute observation..."What political conservatives and on-the-ground Republicans must understand at this point is that they are not breaking with the White House on immigration. They are not resisting, fighting and thereby setting down a historical marker--"At this point the break became final." That's not what's happening. What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them."
And asks a good question...
"Why would they speak so insultingly, with such hostility, of opponents who are concerned citizens? And often, though not exclusively, concerned conservatives?"
--- Michelle Malkin reports on the protests outside of Trent Lott's office this morning.
--- Hot Air notes that in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, only 16% of Americans believe that this immigration bill will reduce illegal immigration, 74% disagree...including 41% that believe this bill will increase illegal immigration.