The media are predictably characterizing the failure of the "Dream Act" as a Republican blow to illegal immigrant students' dream for citizenship -- notwithstanding the fact that five Senate Democrats also voted to block the bill.
But the real blow to the students came from liberal Democrats -- who, knowing full well that it wouldn't pass, called the bill up for a vote anyway. All they did, in a cynical political ploy to look good for Hispanics, was raise, then dash, hopes for the bill.
Such a major piece of legislation had no business being dealt with in a lame-duck session anyway -- particularly this one, involving so many members of Congress who, on Nov. 2, were summarily fired by voters.
Of course, one reason the Democratic leadership pushed the bill in the frantic days of the lame-duck session is that they realize the more it simmers the less likely it is to pass.
And for good reason: It's back-door amnesty; it would lead to in-state tuition for illegals, when legal students from other states can't get that deal; and it's completely unfair to those in other countries seeking to come here legally -- and waiting years, if not lifetimes, for their "dreams" -- and not jumping in line or over the border to fulfill them.
What's to stop any illegal alien, for example, from avoiding deportation under the Dream Act by simply -- and suddenly -- becoming a student?
At bottom, it's wrong to give illegal immigrants the impression, as does this bill and other Democratic pandering, that they have some kind of legal, civil or moral right to U.S. citizenship and even discounted college tuition. And how unfair would it be to those still waiting to come here legally?
People who live by the rules have dreams too.