I’ve said from the very beginning that I don’t believe that John McCain ever changed his mind about comprehensive immigration reform, so Byron York’s column in The Hill doesn’t surprise me. McCain is quoted as saying that he learned his lesson from the immigration fight. On the other hand, he still says that he’s glad he proposed the reform and would do it again. We should be perfectly clear where McCain stands on this because he still believes that he was right on this issue. Don’t be fooled.
That said, Barack Obama might want to reconsider attacking McCain on this issue. There’s no way Barack can say he’s to the right of McCain on illegal immigration — although he might be able to claim credit for not writing any comprehensive immigration reform bills. He hasn’t demonstrated any ability to improve upon McCain’s sad record, and at one point even supported driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. In addition to that, he voted for McCain-Kennedy before he supported some “poison pill” amendments to kill it. Any discussion of McCain’s record on immigration would bring counter-attacks from the McCain camp about Barack’s record — and he might not want to go there. John McCain and Barack Obama sometimes say the right things about securing the borders first, but I don’t believe either one of them, and there’s no reason to, based on their record in the Senate.