Amnesty supporter Fred Barnes, on senatorial motives:
The excuses some senators used to explain their “no” votes and mask their political motives were laughably lame. Harkin said he feared some workers could have been denied jobs “because of errors in a government database.” Republican Pete Domenici of New Mexico told the New York Times that the supposed secrecy in which the bill was drafted created confusion and “caused it to flop.” Actually the bipartisan drafting sessions were widely reported and attended by more than a dozen senators. Domenici is up for reelection next year.Whatever the tactical explanations, it’s clear that public opinion forced these senators - and some other senators - to vote no. -- PoliPundit
Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas switched his vote during the roll call from yes to no. “The country’s not ready,” he told the Washington Times in justifying his reversal. “I thought we were, but just concluded the country’s not ready.” Brownback voted for a more liberal immigration bill last year. This year he’s seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
Susan Collins rarely splits with her Maine colleague Olympia Snowe, but on immigration she did. She said the bill didn’t strike the right balance. “People were troubled by the proposed solution for the 12 million people here illegally,” she said. Collins is running for reelection next year. Snowe isn’t.