Like so many others on the political right opposed to non-vital interventionism and nation building, I was conflicted over the 2006 mid-term election results. The Democratic sweep, historically unprecedented in that the party did not forfeit a single seat while snatching up 30 from their incumbent Republican rivals, was clearly a rebuke of the war in Iraq.
But the self-destruction caused by the Bush Administration's war left me worried that the President, with the castigation of his party, would eagerly team up with the new Democratically-controlled Congress to pass a 1986 amnesty repeat. On that cool November evening I could already envision glowing media stories about a new era of 'compromise' and 'bi-partisanship' in Washington, with Senator Ted Kennedy standing behind Bush as he signed IRCA 2.0 into law.
But parsing through the rhetoric of the victorious Democratic rookies a few days after the elections boosted my spirits a bit. Overwhelmingly, this freshman class stressed enforcement-first while being critical of the Bush Administration's dereliction of duty in failing to penalize employers for workplace violations and for failing to halt the illegal influx.
Apparently, most of them are sticking to their guns. Congressman Tancredo's amendment to the Department of Homeland Security funding resolution calls for 'sanctuary' cities to receive no federal funding via DHS. For being a 'fringe extremist', Tancredo sure garnered a lot of support, as the amendment passed by an impressive 234-189 margin.
Included in the yes-votes were 49 Democrats. What's especially noteworthy is that 17 of these pro-sovereignty Democrats are members of the rookie class. Among the 180 Democrats opposed to the resolution (six sat the vote out), only 13 are newly-elected representatives. That is, while 57% of Democrats who beat out their Republican incumbent challengers in '06 voted in favor of Tancredo's amendment, only 16% of the Democratic old guard did. The freshmen aren't willing to dutifully tow the Pelosi line.
Keep in mind that while only 5.9% of Republicans who had been member to Tancredo's Immigration Reform Caucus lost their seats last November, 16.7% of non-IRC Republicans did. At least on immigration, the mid-terms resulted in both parties in the House becoming more 'conservative'.
Despite a solid Democratic majority in contrast to the Senate and Executive, the House is the most reliable stalwart against the Latinization (ie greater wealth disparity, cultural balkanization, dismal school performance, greater prevelance of communicable diseases, increased welfare use, less mutual trust among members of the community, a lowly-skilled workforce, etc) of the US.
That the Republican Party--whose voters are even more opposed to open borders and amnesty than Democratic and Independent voters are--willfully allows this to happen says a lot about the GOP's national leadership and why the party is crashing on the rocks.