By a vote of 54-45, the has Senate failed to prevent a “filibuster” of legislation to rein in sanctuary cities that shield illegal-alien criminals from deportation. Republicans thus fell six votes short of the super-majority needed to bring the bill to the Senate floor for debate.
Only two Democrats — Manchin and Donnelly — voted to have debate on the bill. One Republican — Kirk — voted not to. Lindsey Graham didn’t vote.
Mark Krikorian wonders how Republicans, especially presidential candidates, will react:
The only question now is whether Republicans will even try to make this a campaign issue. Cruz probably will, since he took to the Senate floor before the vote to urge its passage, but it will take more than that.
Will party leaders go on the Sunday talk shows this weekend and denounce Democrats for protecting criminals? Will Jeb Bush hammer the issue on the campaign trail? Not likely.
I agree. I also agree with Krikorian’s concluding observation: “And people wonder why Trump is so popular.”