Grand Old Goodbye

Now, this is a photo for the ages…
The Republican Party General Chairman Senator Mel Martinez yucks it up with Senator Ted Kennedy after announcing their amnesty plan.

It’s nice to see the GOP Leader in the news once in awhile.

(L-R) US Senators Mel Martinez, Lindsey Graham and Ted Kennedy arrive for a news conference to announce a compromise on immigration legislation between the White House and the Senate at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Senators and the White House clinched a deal Thursday on bringing 12 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows and securing US borders, which could boost President George W. Bush’s legacy.(AFP/Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
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Say Hello to the New and Permanent Majority!
Hello Socialism!
Hello Big-ger government!
Hello President Clinton!

National Review Online explains how the immigration bill is not just a bad piece of legislation but will bring in the era of the democratic super majority for years to come:

(A) reform package may be a feather in W’s cap, but that’s all. Sure President Bush will get credit from Hispanics for helping them, but he’s not eligible to run for another term. In all likelihood, he’ll get some marginal kudos while editorialists will beat the brains out of the “racist, nativist Republicans” who always screw over minorities. The likely end result of this will be a nasty fight in the Republican primaries of 2008, an alienated business community, very few Hispanic Republicans, more Democrats, and a depressed GOP base. The textbook definition of a disaster is getting the worst of all worlds.

National Review also dug up the money quotes from Kennedy:

Ted Kennedy on Immigration [Mark Krikorian]

1965: “The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.”

1986: “This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this.”

2007: “Now it is time for action. 2007 is the year we must fix our broken system.”

HotAir has the full explanation.
Michelle Malkin has the mascot.

Let Freedom Ring has the “devils in detail.”
Democracy Project, on the other hand, has other thoughts on the bill.

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