Bush, Kennedy, Reid, McCain and the rest of the pro-illegal immigration brigade lost big-time. My wife called, emailed and faxed Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich dozens of times. Both Ohio Senators switched their votes. She was one of half a million Americans outraged at what the senate was trying to do.

We hope the politicians got the message that they need to close the border and enforce the law first. Once that has been achieved, then the people might trust them to overhaul immigration.

The MSM will spin this as a defeat for Bush. The reality is that the red-state Democrats, who helped the Democrats win in 2006, yanked the chain on the rabid left of their party. Powerline notes that:

Given that 34 Democrats and 12 Republicans voted for cloture, while 16 Democrats and 37 Republicans voted against, the result was primarily a defeat for the Democratic Party. My guess, however, is that the press’s ability to spin it as a defeat for President Bush will cause them to go easier on the anti-comprehensive “reform” forces than would otherwise have been the case.

Who were the defiant Democrats? I count the following 15 Senators:

Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Harkin (D-IA)
Landrieu (D-LA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Webb (D-VA)

These Senators understood that legalizing millions of illegal aliens via Z-visas was going to adversely impact union members, already upset at jobs being out-sourced to Mexico. Union workers, manual workers and tradesmen would not take kindly to a Democrat congress in-sourcing millions of Mexican workers to compete with them in the legal job market.