They’re intent on killing this party, no matter how hard they have to work to do it. Here’s Chertoff’s partner in amnesty, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and the newest Republican black sheep from Arizona, Sen. Jon Kyl, telling Wolf Blitzer yesterday that their patience with the anti-amnesty wing is limited, so they’d best get those amendments out on the table so they can be properly voted down and this sucker can get passed. NRO, incidentally, offered Kyl an olive branch last Thursday. You’ll find his answer below.

Incidentally, the president you elected will meet with Senate Republicans tomorrow to try to stir up a little amnesty fever in the ranks. Gushes open borders shill (and RNC Chair) Mel Martinez, “The fact that he’s coming to the Hill is kind of dramatic and shows his dedication to this issue.” Said Bush to reporters earlier today, “I’ll see you at the bill signing.”

Exit question: If, as McCain has suggested, the Republican leadership is afraid to oppose amnesty lest it be demagogued as anti-Hispanic and lose Latino votes, hasn’t that ship already sailed insofar as the Republican base is clearly and adamantly opposed to amnesty, no matter what its elected representatives do, and everyone knows it?