By John McCain’s own admission, his embrace of immigration reform nearly sunk his candidacy in the early primaries, writes Byron York in the Hill. But after saving his hide with a swing to the right and a pledge to "secure the border first" (a “legitimate flip-flop,” York specifies), the pendulum is moving leftward again. McCain recently told a Latino audience that comprehensive reform “will be my top priority yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”
This is Mac “at his most incorrigible,” argues York, who says the candidate is reneging on a critical promise and “wobbling or slipping into the old McCain.” The candidate even told a newspaper that he’s “glad” he fought (unsuccessfully) for reform. Ed Kilgore says on Salon that conservatives who hoped “immigrant-bashing would be the great wedge issue of 2008” are set to be disappointed.