The Denver Post performs a post-mortem on the Immigration bill.
As a murder mystery, the death of immigration reform is a tale with many suspects.
There were Republicans who wanted it killed because they thought it gave amnesty to illegal immigrants. Some Democrats didn't like it much because it threatened to push down workers' wages.
In the end, the compromise immigration reform bill that tried to please everyone might not have been capable of surviving.
"It was an ambitious attempt but it was vulnerable from both extremes," said former Gov. Dick Lamm, a vocal supporter of tougher border enforcement. "Both extremes have their hand on the dagger that killed it."
Some tried harder than others:
Groups opposed to legal status for illegal immigrants rallied supporters to call and e-mail senators. One such group, grassfire.org., said Friday that it "sent over 700,000 petitions, faxes and thousands of phone calls to Senate offices."
"I've listened to talk-show hosts drumming up the opposition by using this word 'amnesty' over and over and over again, and essentially raising the roil of Americans to the extent that in my 15 years, I've never received more hate or more racist phone calls and threats," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Amendments were made in an attempt to find a compromise solution, but the racist bigots were very hard at work trying to make this go away.
"There were some people who, no matter what the bill said, were going to be opposed to it and were employing strategies to cause it to die a slow death, or a swift one," said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
They seem to have succeeded, for now. Here's more along the same lines, for the Los Angeles Times:
The collapse of immigration legislation in the Senate this week is a monument to President Bush's enfeebled clout on Capitol Hill, the searing power of hostility toward illegal immigrants, and the difficulty of crafting a compromise on an emotional issue that touches diverse economic and political interests.
The fragile bipartisan deal on immigration was sidelined - for now and possibly for the rest of Bush's presidency - under fire from critics on the left and right, in labor and business, and in both political parties who believe the trouble-ridden status quo is better than the bill's untested new system.
"That's why people's phones are ringing off the hook," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., a leading opponent of the bill.
Despite support from Bush and a bipartisan coalition of influential senators, the bill fell victim to a groundswell of opposition to illegal immigration that has buffeted members of Congress around the country.
"Their left flank hated it and our right flank hated it," explained Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss. "The middle is a treacherous place to be."
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