Will Scott Brown cave on amnesty? Obama hopes so.
The tea parties might have struck again, helping elect a senator who - even if he offers initial opposition - will cave to a compromise on comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty). The senator, of course, is Scott Brown (link):
Brown, in an interview with the Journal’s Neil King Jr., said [Obama called him to give him] a heads-up that immigration was coming down the pike and he should give it some serious thought. The senator promised to look closely at the bipartisan bill that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) are trying to produce.
“He called me originally about illegal immigration, something that he wanted me to look at that was coming down the pike,” Brown says of the call, which also roamed onto other topics like basketball and financial regulation. “I told him and others that I will read anything and make a judgment when it comes forth.”
Alluding to the issue a few minutes later, Brown clarified what he told Obama. “When I said I have an open mind, it means I have an open mind to read the bill,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that I will vote for granting amnesty to anyone. But I want to be respectful to the president and to any member who brings me a proposal.”
Obviously, sometimes (or a good part of the time) saying you'll look at something actually means "no". However, Brown's response isn't exactly like that which a member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus would offer; it's not very Tom Tancredo-like, now is it? We'll never know until it happens, but it sounds like there's the chance that Brown would fold after a few rounds of negotiating.