Immigration smackdown: Bingaman vs. McCain (Update: Bingaman amendment passes)

Michelle calls it “the most important debate of the year.” I haven’t watched it myself yet, but apparently Bingaman wants to cap the number of “guest workers” at a mere 650,000 — and McCain flips out, because who are we to impose caps on anyone? It’s positively un-American, he says — which, strictly speaking, in light of the last twenty years of Congressional legislation on this subject, is technically true.

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Update: Meanwhile in Arizona, a state version of the McConnell amendment requiring photo ID to vote in elections is under siege. Naturally.

Update: Despite McCain’s best efforts, Bingaman pushed the cap through. Final tally: 51-47. Twenty-two Republicans voted no — but nineteen Democrats and independents, thankfully, voted yes. They are:

Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Johnson (D-SD)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)

Update: McCain hits rock bottom.