Hugh Hewitt identifies a potential danger to continued Republican electoral dominance:
After two days of conversations in DC with leading conservatives and officials, it is clear to me that the GOP is the party of expertise and achievement abroad and innovation and new ideas at home, always the superior position in politics. The only serious danger to its leadership is a split over immigration –the sort of split that destroyed Peel’s Conservative Party over the Corn Laws and Gladstone’s Liberals over Home Rule for Ireland and Chamberlain’s theories of imperial preference. The president’s plan will stir a lot of passions, and would best be coupled with an extraordinary push for southern border security in the form of a border length fence and an easy to patrol highway along its length.
Glenn Reynolds agrees with Hewitt, and notes that there is serious anger in the trenches over the issue.
Nicholas Stix looks at the support for immigration debate at the largest GOP-friendly web sites, and finds that it is an topic that for the most part can’t even be broached.
If the GOP’s editorial bosses refuse to permit respectable, rational criticism of policies killing off American sovereignty, the members of the GOP’s conservative majority shall find themselves with different standard bearers and media, and possibly, a different party.
While I agree that Stix’s observations are damning the history of the internet suggests that those who fail to address topics the public is interested in will be routed around. Regardless of the popularity of FreeRepublic, Lucciane, and Townhall, if immigration debate is stifled there the audience will find new forums.
Update: Michelle Malkin notes that Democrats are starting to get a clue and are attacking the immigration issue from the right.