Harold Hutchison's post at Called As Seen inspires a few comments here.
First, I am as interested in controlling the border as the next Republican, but people! Can we not be civil about this debate? We criticize the Kos Kool-Aid drinkers for their nastiness, but calling other conservatives quislings, agents of Mexico, and the like? Please!
Second, it is as clear as day that the electorate has a very mixed view of this issue. Harold's post here lays out the data. If I hear one more talk show host yelling about how Congress is not listening to "the American people," I may scream. "The American people" are all over the place on what to do about illegal immigration.
Third, compromise is possible. Gary Bauer discusses here the Pence solution I blogged about two days ago. The Pence plan could work. So could the phased-in earned amnesty mentioned by John McIntyre of Real Clear Politics, which would not kick in until border-control targets are met. Why aren't we talking about those ideas?
Finally, neither the Republican Party nor the conservative movement is a church. No one has the right to excommunicate a fellow conservative for failure to toe the line on a principle that one segment of the group has decided must be inviolate. PoliPundit destroyed his blog with that kind of thinking. Let's not destroy our party and movement the same way.