Senator Harry Reid hasn’t had a good couple of days, first the Omnibus spending bill and now the Dream Act. Dead in the Senate is how you could describe the bill intended to grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. Democrats fell five votes shy of the 60 needed to advance the bill passed by Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) leaves the Democratic Caucus Luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 14, 2010. Reid said he would keep the Senate in session for as long as needed in order to finish their work on the tax bill, appropriations, DREAM Act, 9/11 legislation and Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

Even with the help of Republicans like Lisa Murkowski, Richard Lugar and Bob Bennett, enough democrats were wary of their 2012 campaigns to join the yes votes. The Dream Act died when those supporting the bill were unable to reach the magic number of 60 to break cloture and send the bill forward for a final vote.

Undoubtedly Republicans will receive the brunt of the criticism from liberals and pro-immigration groups for the failure of the Dream Act. But let’s be real here. If the Dems were able to keep their caucus together they would have passed Omnibus, stopped the tax deal, and the now dead Dream Act would still be alive. They are, after all, still in power.

Just two days ago, Harry Reid was unable to get a $1.2 trillion dollar Omnibus spending bill through with the looming threat of having the 2,000 page monstrosity read aloud on the Senate floor. The Dream Act failed mainly because democrats up for re-election in two years didn’t want it’s passage on their back as an easy target.

What others are saying about the dead Dream Act:

Michelle Malkin

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