I can’t wait to work with Obama on immigration, says … John Cornyn?

posted at 8:50 pm on April 10, 2009 by Allahpundit

That John Cornyn? The Republican from Texas? Who, as head of the NRSC, is counting on our contributions to help elect Republican senators next year? Whose most memorable contribution to the last amnesty debate was serving as a target for a nasty F-bomb attack by amnesty shill-in-chief John McCain?

Dude?

I applaud President Obama’s commitment to addressing comprehensive immigration reform this year, and stand ready to work with him to produce a product that represents the best interests of America, including respect for the rule of law, national security and economic security

I know, I know — it’s press-release boilerplate aimed at demonstrating Cornyn’s bipartisan spirit. It’s not the statement that surprises me, though, it’s his reference to “comprehensive” reform, a byword on the right for amnesty. Why go there? I don’t understand either why he’s gung ho to deal with the issue this year either rather than hold off until after the midterms in hopes that the GOP can pick up a seat or two in the interim — unless, armed with the NRSC’s projections, he thinks the odds of that happening are so long that we’re better off taking our chances now. Gulp.

Or, maybe he’s crazy like a fox. VDH on why the great Democratic hope might not be:

This year’s immigration lead-ins on the evening news are not Minutemen on the border and poor immigrants wandering the desert deprived of water by cruel Americans, but lines of Americans at job fairs, reports that the unemployed are looking for any sort of work that they can get their hands on, and a brutality and savagery right across the border every bit as disturbing as what we’ve seen on jihadist videos.

What will cause polarization is a radical Democratic drive now for de facto amnesty without border closure — at a time of rising unemployment here at home and utter chaos and violence in Mexico.

The public’s appetite for amnesty while the economy’s still comatose will almost surely be weaker than it’ll be during an economic recovery next year or the year after. Is that what Cornyn’s thinking? Or is he ready to make a play for Hispanic voters by going the full McCain route here?


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Republicans need to stop pandering on the amnesty issue and start accentuating the fact that the Hispanic culture is a very religious, family-oriented and hard working people. They just need to be reminded that they have more in common with conservatives than they do with liberals.

carbon_footprint on April 10, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Amen.

I’ve been voting Corn-in because the other guy is worst, but I am getting tired of this RINO

Ropera on April 11, 2009 at 6:17 AM

Oh come on. Let’s wait and see what happens here. I hope we do not do that thing again where we eat our own and only help the Democrats…after all it is not as if the Democrats are soulmates with Tancredo or Malkin.

I don’t think it is about pandering, but thus far this issue has hurt conservatives. It has not won them elections or gained them public support in any way that might translate into success.

I think one of the reasons Obama raised the issue now was in the hopes that he could get Republicans and conservatives squabbling among themselves so that they would forget about opposing him. I also think he hopes that some of the same rhetoric that came out of the immigration debate will surface again and that in turn will help him maintain the support of certain parts of his base.

Terrye on April 11, 2009 at 7:13 AM

carbon_footprint:

I know that the hispanic community is in many ways conservatives, but it is not just an issue of not pandering when it comes to amnesty…we need to stop reacting to every outreach by Republicans to hispanics as if it were pandering or a betrayal or something.

Terrye on April 11, 2009 at 7:15 AM

That should be conservative, not conservatives. Oh well, in a hurry. I have to work a half day today. Darn the luck.

Terrye on April 11, 2009 at 7:16 AM

we need to stop reacting to every outreach by Republicans to hispanics as if it were pandering or a betrayal or something.

Terrye on April 11, 2009 at 7:15 AM

But it most always is a betrayal (and worse), as it inevitably involves amnesty (further compounding the problem by lying and calling it “immigration”) since there is no other “apecial message” for hispanics that should be different than the conservative message for anyone else.

progressoverpeace on April 11, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Game logic, I’ll trade you “comprehensive” immigration policy legislation for killing off union card check first. Then after card check is dead I’ll bet that the Republicans & Blue Dog Democrats join up and will block the immigration bill. Kill two birds with one stone.

SocratesShadow on April 11, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Yep. We’re dead.

Third party, anyone?

ErinF on April 11, 2009 at 8:40 AM

I’ve been voting Corn-in because the other guy is worst, but I am getting tired of this RINO

You think he’s bad. I’ve got Snowjob/Collins. I have vowed never to vote for either one of them again. The next time they run, they will each have an uphill battle.

ErinF on April 11, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Actually, I believe that this is actually a GOOD time to engage on the immigration debate. I am not for open borders or granting amnesty, and I beleive the vast majority of Americans aren’t either. Because of the crime wave on the southern border and the economy, the American people will not be very keen on giving amnesty to 20 million or more people who will vie for jobs, public services, etc. This is the time to get the border SECURED for good. E-verify should become mandatory in all states.

KickandSwimMom on April 11, 2009 at 8:42 AM

We need an RNC chair that’s going to stand boldly against this. We don’t have that.

ErinF on April 11, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Cornyn has earned the benefit of the doubt with me. I’m willing to wait and see what’s going on here.

aero on April 11, 2009 at 8:51 AM

TexasJew on April 10, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Cornyn was strongly opposed to it, but he been reelected since the last amnesty debacle. I like John and talk to him numbers of times, but he a damn politician. You never know what these people are going to do. It will be interested to see if Cornyn revert to the Bush, McCain, Graham’s way of thinking. Now Kay Bailey Hutchinson has been in bed with Berry on almost everything. This woman want to be the new Governor. I not crazy about Rick Perry, but personally, I will take Perry before Kay Bailey anytime.

try again later on April 11, 2009 at 9:09 AM

try again later on April 11, 2009 at 9:09 AM

ditto. I’ve sent several ‘Thank you’ emails to Cornyn this session (although I was pretty pissed about the Geithner deal) and none to Hutchison . I prefer that she drops out of politics entirely.

Peri Winkle on April 11, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Republicans need to stop pandering on the amnesty issue and start accentuating the fact that the Hispanic culture is a very religious, family-oriented and hard working people. They just need to be reminded that they have more in common with conservatives than they do with liberals.

carbon_footprint on April 10, 2009 at 9:30 PM

I’m a Mexican from Mexico, brown as brown can be, and your solution is wishful thinking. Your delusional if you think your description is accurate.

True_King on April 11, 2009 at 9:45 AM

toliver on April 11, 2009 at 2:29 AM
There’s not much difference between you and a Utopian liberal except the side of that same coin detached from reality.

Let your intellect overcome your emotions. 15-20 million people will not go back to Mexico, even if shoved by your imaginary cohorts.

The reality is that they could be returned if we had the will to do it just by enforcing the employment laws currently on the books.

You do not have the will to enforce those laws, and you appear to assume that everyone else is just like you. You are the same side of the coin as a liberal.

Troll Feeder on April 11, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Republicans need to stop pandering on the amnesty issue and start accentuating the fact that the Hispanic culture is a very religious, family-oriented and hard working people.

Sometimes I wonder if you guys think before you post. This is exactly why immigration reform is such an important issue for latino voters. Often times, even if they are illegal they have a family member who is not and who they are worried SICK will be seperated from them by the INS. The family issue is part of the movement in favor of immigration reform. Please stop pretending that gay marriage and abortion are the only “family values” issues. Sometimes its about the ability to have your family members near and dear to you.

DeathToMediaHacks on April 11, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Here’s the problem!
Hispanics should vote for Conservatives. They live their lives as Conservatives; they raise their families with conservative values.
So do Blacks in America! And Blacks vote overwhelmingly for the democrats.
And so will Hispanics!
If Conservatives go the John McBlame shamnesty route they will be cutting their own throat.
They will not win over one single “new citizen”. It’s the end game for our country.

CinC on April 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Often times, even if they are illegal they have a family member who is not and who they are worried SICK will be seperated from them by the INS.

That’s tough. And criminals are also worried that they will be caught and separated from their families. Boo hoo. If they want to be together, they can all go to the country that they are all legal in. They have no right to stay here (not the illegals). None.

The family issue is part of the movement in favor of immigration reform.

It’s an asinine argument.

Please stop pretending that gay marriage and abortion are the only “family values” issues. Sometimes its about the ability to have your family members near and dear to you.

DeathToMediaHacks on April 11, 2009 at 9:53 AM

No family has the RIGHT to gather in the US. How tough is it to understand that?

You have no respect for the idea of a nation, at all. People like you would have us back in the stone age, the way you brush aside law in favor of satisfying your petty desires and emotional problems.

progressoverpeace on April 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I’m from Houston, TX, and Cornyn is NOT a republican. I will not be voting for him nor for Kay Bailout Hutchison next time around. I’d rather be screwed by a democrat than by a republican-poser.

Wino on April 11, 2009 at 6:07 AM

You and Me Both, they did whatever Bush told them to do or if he told them to vote against one of his proposals for political cover they did that. These two are see through.

How does one absorb 14 million people bureaucratically? Think about it, this is an empty promise to illegals. For one, the people in the immigration department can’t take care of the paper work for the people entering the country legally. So 14 million are going to get dumped on them at once, and magically they get made citizens? Maybe they will use the DMV model LOL! So what happens if 14 million people get made citizens. First Corporations will have to pay them a fair wage and they get all the protection of the Country and no more exploitation. Is that what Corporate America really wants? They own the politicians so will this really be resolved? More then likely this is just being brought up to distract everyone from the state of the Economy, Job loss Bail Outs, Spending, our Taxes are going to sky rocket…so the Politicians want to get reelected in 2010 what better way then to have us all bickering with each other and blaming illegal immigrants. When was the last time anyone here wanted to pick lettuce for a living?

“It’s the Economy Stupid” We are just being manipulated by the politicians and the MSM, that is also corporate owned. (Amnesty for illegals is a Distraction) IF we are constantly bickering with each other we won’t be demanding they do OUR business with the Focus on OUR ECONOMY SEE (Tea Partys). The Economy which is in tuff shape but not as a tuff a shape as it was in 1992, when Bill Clinton was President. The longer they can keep us divided the more they can hold onto their seats in our Government see they don’t want to become unemployed. They also are bailng out all the people who helped Barack H Obama get elected…how else does a Community Organizer -Green Senator with 18 months in the U.S. Senate get elected? Now the Democrats are paying them back (Bailouts) with our tax dollars hence TEA PARTYS.

It will be a cold day in hell before I vote for Cornyn or Hutchinson = Corporacans.

Dr Evil on April 11, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Here is a Video from City Tavern, I think people miss the point repeatedly we have a Constitution it’s under attack. We are a Republic Governed by LAW. What is the American Government “We The People” stop thinking it’s the other guys elected official it’s all of them they are on the Corporate Gravy Train. I have no interest in becoming the Corporate States of America.

http://citytavern.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/the-collective-american-conscience-speaks/

Dr Evil on April 11, 2009 at 10:27 AM

All right, let’s keep supporting mainstream Republicans who are screwing us. Yay!!!!

The Dean on April 11, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I’ve been posting on here for a long time, especially when the topic comes up of illegals from Mexico. I’ve described how my community was once safe, you could even walk in my neighborhood at night with no fear. It’s been a good 10 years and my community has the worse crime rates in my county of Gwinnett, Georgia.

Imagine my joy to hear a DEA agent say that Gwinnett County, GA is the drug cartel’s center in America. Georgia is another sanctuary state, our governor has done absolutely nothing about the flow of illegals. Four years ago, a female was shot while she was driving her car on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. She was caught in the cross fire between two gangs. So far, kidnappings have only been occurring between the illegals, but how long before another innocent civilian gets caught in the cross fire and dies just like that young woman?

As I have said many times before, you do not want your city or state mirroring mine. There is no such thing as a hardworking, law-abiding illegal.

moonsbreath on April 11, 2009 at 10:49 AM

All Republicans should just say “no” to Obama “comprehensive immigration reform.” The reasoning is simple: the majority of the American people rejected the Bush-McCain-Kennedy “comprehensive immigration reform” in 2007; there simply will not be law enforcement under “comprehensive immigration reform”; law enforcement must come first before anything else, such as guest worker program, is even discussed.

John McCain said that the problem with the Reagan era immigration reform was that the law enforcement provisions were not enforced. He kept saying that the intention of the 2007 “comprehensive immigration reform” was to have law enforcement. But, after the defeat of that effort at “comprehensive immigration reform,” McCain acknowledged that the people did not believe there would be law enforcement.

So, no law enforcement, nothing to talk about. Even John McCain should at this point agree with that position.

Phil Byler on April 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The reality is that they could be returned if we had the will to do it just by enforcing the employment laws currently on the books.

You do not have the will to enforce those laws, and you appear to assume that everyone else is just like you. You are the same side of the coin as a liberal.

Troll Feeder on April 11, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Yeah, and I’d like to fantasize about a Federal Government that only carries out it’s responsibilities as enumerated by the Framers in the US Constitution. Yeah, we’ll just lop of over 60% of what the Feds do tomorrow! Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and all the rest goodbye! If it ain’t in Article 1 Section 8, we’ll just shove that stuff right out of existence!

Mmm hmm, that has the same chance of happening as 15-20 million Mexicans going back to the hell they risked their lives to leave.

Put down the peyote Troll Feeder. We have no choice but to operate w/in the confines of reality.

toliver on April 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

People could stop pretending that their Congress people are not the problem, that it is the other’s states people that are the problem…this country needs an enema. Term Limits because NO one is indispensable. They can’t hook the corporate feeding tube up because they won’t be there long enough to make it worth their while. Then who gets attracted to public office? Not Career Politicians trying to cash in on their use of the Office, the American People elected them to. This isn’t rocket science, even if they didn’t teach it “Civics Classes” in all of the “57″ states LOL! It is so easy even a cave man could figure it out :)

Dr Evil on April 11, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Support this at your own peril. They’re going to try to do this in little steps. We MUST reject each.

marklmail on April 11, 2009 at 11:47 AM

ITS REALLY SIMPLE ROUND UP ALL ILLEGALS DEPOERT THEM.. BUT JUST BEFORE YOU DO THAT BRING HOME TROOPS FROM GERMANY (SCREW EUROPE) PUT THEM ON THE BORDER. WITH ORDERS TO SHHOT TO KILL PROPLE CROSSING ILLEGALLY

rone5847 on April 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM

ITS REALLY SIMPLE ROUND UP ALL ILLEGALS DEPOERT THEM.. BUT JUST BEFORE YOU DO THAT BRING HOME TROOPS FROM GERMANY (SCREW EUROPE) PUT THEM ON THE BORDER. WITH ORDERS TO SHHOT TO KILL PROPLE CROSSING ILLEGALLY

rone5847 on April 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM

There might be a very slight chance of us bringing home half of the troops home from Europe. As for the rest, here’s a lovely straight jacket for you:

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff222/mchl_glnd/StraightJacket.jpg

toliver on April 11, 2009 at 12:13 PM

toliver on April 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM
We have no choice but to operate w/in the confines of reality.

“straight jacket, utopia, peyote, blah blah blah”

Lay off the astroturf, O-bot.

The confines of reality are not what your dear leader defines them to be.

Ad hominem is fun for all.

Plus, you argue like a baby. Is “No you can’t” really the best response you can give to the argument that we can defenestrate them either by force or by preventing them from getting jobs if we have the national will?

Troll Feeder on April 11, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Troll Feeder on April 11, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Without a job here is better than without a job in Mexico. They aren’t going anywhere, just as entitlements and other unconstitutional Federal power grabs aren’t going anywhere.

Finishing the fence is something that’s doable. There are other constructive things we can do that are possible. “Shoving” them back is a delusion.

Reality. It’s right there in front of you. Take off the gloid blinds.

toliver on April 11, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Hey guys, I apologize; this is my senator and I voted for hiring him. This MUSH-MOUTH is really trying to play both sides. He sure as hell isn’t endearing my side. I thought he had more backbone…

PaCadle on April 11, 2009 at 9:04 PM

They ALL need to go.

ex-Democrat on April 11, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Cornyn is my new benchmark for a phony “conservative” Republican. There wasn’t much national attention on it but this two-face liar was extolling his party’s alternative to Obama’s Stimulus at the same time he was bragging on his website of helping to pass the SCHIP program.

He is noticeably more progressive now than in years past having altered his principles to the latest poll. The Republican Party is totally corrupt and sold out to what they perceive as an inevitable march to socialism. There is not a single one in the GOP who argues free-market capitailism. They are all poll-watching cowards with the possible exception of Tom Coburn.

It drives me crazy how many conservatives are still hanging on to the GOP corspe. As much as I love the guy, Hugh Hewitt, is the prototype. Smart as a whip but incapable of admitting he’s beating a dead horse. It pains me to hear him interview his favorite Republican hypocrits as they proudly extol their brave but fruitless resistance to the Democrat onslaught. These same pigs greedily confiscated more public money than any Congress in history when they were in power. If they had any honor they would have taken the Grassley way out and slit their bellies hara-kiri style.

How much more malfeasance by the GOP is required to convince our conservative brothers and sisters that this party is DEAD?

rcl on April 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Term Limits because NO one is indispensable.

I’ll stand with Dr. Evil on this one. It’s the only good way to slow down the bribery that’s stolen our representative government. Note that left to Congress we get McCain-Feingold where the people surrender 1st Amendment rights and the money stream actually grew.

We need Term Limits +. There should be at least one election cycle between being termed out of one post and running for another. And No Repeats.

The strongest argument against it is that it increases the influence of the civil service bureaucracy. That requires some thought.

rcl on April 12, 2009 at 1:10 PM

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