Carol Liebau, noting poll results that say that 69% of Americans believe that illegal immigrants should be prosecuted and deported, writes
At its heart, the bill was profoundly out of step with public opinion. In fact, it`s remarkable that any legislation with so many elements so at odds with prevailing opinion among Americans was ever given much of a chance at passing. Perhaps that`s why the bill`s proponents, who long believed that they had a winner on their hands, came in for a rude awakening by week`s end.[RealClearPolitics - Articles - Why the Immigration Bill Failed, June 11, 2007]
And here`s something else she has to say about bipartisanship. More or less what I had to say about, in fact:
Amid their self-congratulation, they missed an important fact. Although Americans may applaud the concept of bipartisanship, the truth is that they didn`t send representatives to Washington to engage in a "bipartisan process." Rather, they elected them to pursue certain policies. The "grand bargainers" - especially on the Republican side - became so enamored of the process of bipartisan negotiation that they lost sight of the reality that "progress" doesn`t so much consist of following certain procedures as it does of achieving certain policy objectives.