“Amnesty” John McCain Becomes “Security First” John McCain?

I’ll buy into this when I see Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, or Jeff Sessions sign on to it,

“Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Thursday backed a scaled-down proposal that imposes strict rules to end illegal immigration but doesn’t include a path to citizenship.

The move away from a comprehensive measure is an about-face for the Arizona senator, who had been a leading GOP champion of a bill that included a guest worker program and would have legalized many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. It failed earlier this year.

…McCain’s immigration position has been a campaign liability among Republican voters and hurt his efforts to raise money. Other GOP presidential candidates, fellow Arizona Republicans and immigration opponents throughout the country have loudly decried his position.

…McCain’s co-sponsors include Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jon Kyl of Arizona. All three were leading advocates for the unsuccessful comprehensive immigration measure and were bombarded with criticism for their support.

…Among other things, the bill makes being in the country illegally a criminal misdemeanor and toughens penalties for re-entering after being deported. It mandates an electronic system for employers to check workers’ citizenship status and requires illegal immigrants who commit a crime to be held in jail until they are deported.”

You know, people like me told Republicans that supporting comprehensive illegal immigration was a terrible move politically. They didn’t listen.

We told Republicans that a security only bill was more popular than a comprehensive bill. They didn’t listen.

Furthermore, we pointed out that the whole “this comprehensive immigration bill is the best conservatives are ever going to get” claims they were making was nothing more than pure malarkey.

Those of us making those arguments were right every step of the way and the pro-comprehensive people were wrong. However, because they couldn’t compete with our arguments, Republicans like Lindsey Graham insulted us and referred to us as bigots and nativists.

But, after these senators took the political beating of a lifetime, they figured out that we’re right and suddenly they’re advocating the exact same policies as the people they were smearing as anti-immigrant racists not too long ago.

Welcome to the bandwagon, guys. Better late than never, but maybe next time you’ll clean the wax out of your ears and pay a little more attention when we tell you something.

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