The partisan differences on the DREAM Act

THE PARTISAN DIFFERENCES ON THE DREAM ACT…. The Washington Post had a piece yesterday on the failure of the DREAM Act, which the article suggests will sour Hispanic-American voters on Democrats.

This seems entirely backwards to me. Yes, a handful of Democrats in both chambers opposed the measure, which is tragic. And yes, had the five Senate Dems who broke ranks on Saturday opposed the Republican filibuster, it’s very likely the bill would have passed.

But let’s be clear about the partisan breakdown on this. Indeed, I put together another chart to help drive the point home.


Democrats in both chambers overwhelmingly supporting this legislation, while Republicans in both chambers overwhelmingly opposed it.

If proponents are going to blame a political party for its demise, it’s pretty clear which side of the aisle is responsible.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.