Some Republicans have expressed reluctance to return Mr. Boehner to leadership after last week's disastrous elections, and some are opposed to Mr. Pence for forging a compromise on immigration that critics dismissed as "amnesty." Yesterday, Mr. Pence renounced those efforts.
"All those debates about compromise are a thing of the past," he said in an interview with talk-radio host Laura Ingraham.
"I reject any form of amnesty, even if we've got border security," he said. "I really reject the idea that people whose first act in this country was a violation of the law ought to be able to get right with the law without leaving the country."
Pence's newfound attitude on immigration is disheartening. By all accounts, the GOP's share of the Hispanic vote in last week's elections fell off sharply, contributing to the party's massive losses. If the House GOP intends to take this approach to immigration in the new Congress, they might as well make plans for staying in the minority for many years to come.