Chapman on the Pence deal
Tim Chapman takes Pence’ side (as I do) in a column from yesterday with the general assessment that people on both sides need to tone down the temperature and realize that Pence' bill could be the REAL salvation since nothing is likely to get past both the House and Senate without significant compromise on both sides.
The Senate, fresh off passing the McCain-Kennedy amnesty plan, appears adamant that its position on a guest worker program containing some sort of amnesty must survive. Meanwhile, the hard-core crowd in the House led by Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo is providing a much more vigorous critique of the Pence plan, concluding that it is weak on border security and tantamount to amnesty, even though the Pence plan has won support from conservatives including Dick Armey and Newt Gingrich.This issue is scary because many of the protectionists are so hotheaded that they could end the relative unity the GOP has enjoyed for the last decade.
Give Chapman a read even if it bores you. World Magazine also did a feature on the Pence proposal a while ago (up till June 21)--he needs all the support he can get.