I hate to do this, but thanks to state Sen. Glenn McConnell I’ve got to break out the rule book once again.

Let’s see. Page 218. Rule No. 3234: It is extremely tacky to name a bridge or roadway after a living person, especially if that person has not yet retired from public service.

And then there’s Page 115. Rule No. 2176: Legislators should never ever pass a bill to score political points when they are fully aware that the bill will be challenged in the courts. It is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Of course, McConnell doesn’t care about the rules. Despite the recent court decision to block certain provisions in Arizona’s new illegal immigration law (and the likelihood that the court battle will ultimately go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court), the S.C. Senate leader and former Confederate knick-knack purveyor announced yesterday that he still plans to go forward with an illegal immigration bill in the Palmetto State modeled after the embattled Arizona law.

According to the state Senate Republican Caucus :

Today South Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell vowed to push Arizona style immigration reform in the palmetto state, despite today’s judicial action by a federal judge.

“Like Arizona’s legislators, we are tired of Washington’s failure to act. We can’t rely on the federal government anymore. That’s why states are being forced to do whatever they can to fight illegal immigration. The federal government fiddles while Rome burns and then sues states who try to throw water on the flames,” Senator McConnell said.

He continued, “We see today’s decision as only the first step in an important legal struggle. This ruling will not deter me from continuing to work on this issue. I am committed to continuing full steam to have a bill ready for the Senate and for us to pass a stronger Arizona style immigration bill when we return in January.”

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