While Democrats sing “Don’t Fence Me In” on immigration policy, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is doing just that to Democrats with his move last night to bring a vote to the Senate floor on legislation that would build about 700 miles of real fencing, and high-tech border security for the rest of the southern borderland.
Political hiccups aside, Frist deserves credit for lining up some interesting and politically exculpatory legislative votes moving into the election-year recess. It isn’t an accident that Republicans are seeing an up tick in opinion polls. While the White House has been doing a good messaging job, the fact that Frist’s leadership team was able to lower Congress’s profile and hit on issues important to Americans is another reason the GOOP will hold on to both the House and the Senate in 2006.
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