Immigration backfires on right-wing in Virginia.

“Democrats wrested control of the Senate from the Republicans” in yesterday’s Virginia legislative elections. The vote served as a repudiation of conservatives who ran on a hard-right agenda of cracking down on immigration. Kos writes the “demonization of scary brown people has been a flop.” Raising Kaine adds:

Let this be a wake-up call to progressives everywhere — the immigration issue is nothing to be feared. Reasonable immigration reform that includes strong border security without turning our backs on those that already live among us is not only the right thing to do, it’s the politically smart thing to do as well.

That National Review’s Jim Geraghty concedes that immigration is proving not to be the “silver bullet” that right-wing conservatives had hoped for.

UPDATE: Simon Rosenberg has more.