Conservative Crackdown

The Republican Party isn’t cracking up–conservatives are cracking down. That was Rush Limbaugh’s assessment of the conservative reaction to the Harriet Miers nomination. It was true then and it’s even more true now.

We’re seeing it everywhere–country club elitist Republicans are facing challenges and defeat from true conservative candidates. John Fund highlights a couple of these crackdowns, in which Republicans who pushed for pay raises and lifetime perks for themselves in Pannsylvania and Indiana got ousted in primaries. These incumbents were beaten by real conservatives.

But Mr. Fund left the most important one out, which is the one that took place in Herndon, VA. The WSJ being an open borders paper, it’s no surprise that its top political guy would omit this story. It doesn’t bode well for the open borders lobby, at all.

Herndon voters yesterday unseated the mayor and Town Council members who supported a bitterly debated day-labor center for immigrant workers in a contest that emerged as a mini-referendum on the turbulent national issue of illegal immigration.

Residents replaced the incumbents with a group of challengers who immediately called for significant changes at the center. Some want to bar public funds from being spent on the facility or restrict it to workers residing in the country legally. Others want it moved to an industrial site away from the residential neighborhood where it is located.

The voters didn’t want to reward illegal aliens, the town council of Herndon decided to do it anyway, and lost their jobs.

This is good. President Bush has been right on many issues, from the war to judges (other than Miers) to tax cuts. But he is in the country club Republicans’ camp on immigration. So is the Senate, which just voted for yet another travesty, reportedly killing the Ensign Amendment that would have barred illegals who become legal from collecting Social Security payments based on funds they paid in while they were working illegally. Several Senate Republicans have again decided to reward illegal aliens. The voters and especially the party’s law and order base won’t like that. So the conservative crackdown–not crack-up–will continue. Some Senate RINOs will regret their recent choices, as will President Bush if he remains on his present course.

Viva la revolucion!