Why is Obama threatening to release his own immigration plan?

posted at 4:31 pm on February 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

Kabuki? Or double kabuki? Mickey Kaus says we’re being played by both sides here:

Ah, but Obama has his own bill, waiting in the wings! As a “backup.” If negotiations fail, he just might introduce it! How does that work again? The already pro-amnesty Gang of 8 is unable to reach a deal–but then the President introduces his even more pro-amnesty plan, and the Senate is going to go, “Well, now that the President has introduced a plan it looks like we just have to forget our disagreements and back it.” Is that how the Senate works? I don’t think so. If the President introduces a plan the Senate will say “thank you” and be right back where it was before. The President doesn’t have the power to force the Senate to pass his plan, or even vote for it.

So what’s the purpose of this hollow threat? The only explanation I come up with is that it’s a Double Kabuki play: 1) The President gets to posture as the tough guy demanding a deal (or else he’ll unleash his draft!). Meanwhile the Hispanic caucus and the amnesty lobby can gnaw on all the pro-illegal statutory tweaks they would like to see in the “path to citizenship,” etc. But more important 2) Republicans like Rubio and Paul Ryan get to posture by denouncing the President’s draft (Rubio: “Dead on Arrival” Ryan: “the wrong direction”) thereby earning themselves seeming-tough-on-illegals street cred that might serve them well when they sell out by endorsing an instant-legalization compromise (as, in fact, Rubio has already done).

I’ve wondered about double kabuki myself. The key to an immigration deal is making it safe, or safe-ish, for Republicans to support it, especially in the House where deep-red-district primary challenges are a real threat. The most effective way to do that is for Obama to end up opposing the Rubio/Schumer bill on grounds that it’s simply too darned draconian, either because it demands too much from border enforcement or because it’s too slow about putting illegals on the path to citizenship (or both). The more vocal O is about that, the more amnesty-inclined Republicans get to frame their support for Rubio’s bill as some sort of vote against Obama and for tougher borders, blah blah blah. The trick for O is not to be too harsh in criticizing the Senate, though; if he slams Rubio’s bill as some sort of crazed immigration hawk’s fantasy legislation, as ridiculous as that might be, it could make some liberals in Congress nervous and suddenly he has a problem passing this thing on the other side of the spectrum. The correct way to get this done is to do what he’s doing now, faintly praising the Senate’s work on forging a compromise to reassure liberals while floating his own bill to make sure Republicans know that Rubio’s bill is stricter than the White House prefers.

But wait. What if, by sticking his nose into Congress’s immigration negotiations, O ends up polarizing it to the point where the whole thing falls apart? Wouldn’t that be a disaster for Democrats now that they’re on the brink of legalizing millions of illegals with support from the GOP’s young tea-party rock star from Florida? More to the point, does Obama want to blow up the negotiations so that he can keep demagoging the GOP as the anti-Latino party ahead of the midterms? The answer, I think, is that he sees floating his own bill as a no-lose situation. If he talks it up and Republicans rally behind Rubio to pass his bill instead, great! O gets a path to citizenship for illegals and most, if not quite all, of the credit for passing the bill since he and his party control most of the government right now. The brutal truth, as some Republicans aren’t shy about noting, is that Obama’s bill isn’t all that different from Rubio’s. And to the extent that it is different, Democrats and their immigration-lobby allies will go on agitating to make the final product more like O’s bill if/when it passes. He can live, happily, with Rubio’s bill as law. On the other hand, If Obama talks up his own bill and ends up polarizing the issue until the compromise falls apart, great! He’ll happily use that as leverage for the “GOP hates Latinos” talking point in 2014. Realistically, the only way he’ll have a truly consequential second term is if Democrats can take back the House; that’s what his gun-control campaign right now is all about, and that’s what the fate of things like cap-and-trade rests on. If Republicans hang onto the House next year, O’s last two years will be spent mired in lame-duck misery. If they don’t, he’ll be the rare president who ends eight years in office with a flurry of significant “achievements.” I think Obama would be willing to trade that legacy for the legacy of having passed comprehensive immigration reform with GOP help, especially given what it means for Democratic electoral gains long-term, but if he does get the House back in 2014 then he can pass immigration reform — and an assault-weapons ban, and cap-and-trade — later. The only true disaster scenario for him is if immigration talks collapse now and the GOP holds the House in 2014 anyway. That’s quite possible, and maybe even probable, and that’s why he’s not being more aggressive right now in trying to sabotage the negotiations.

The key to this strategy, though, is for Obama to push his own bill before negotiations over the Rubio/Schumer bill fall apart. If those negotiations blow up on their own and then O swoops in with his bill, it’ll look just as ridiculous as Kaus suggests in the first paragraph above. To really maximize the political benefits, the White House has to be able to credibly argue that negotiations fell apart due to GOP spitefulness towards Obama and his more “undocumented”-friendly immigration proposal. That’s why I think they’re leaking details of his plan now. They want this out there ASAP so that they can point back it to later as the source of GOP upset over immigration, even if it really isn’t. Exit question via Conn Carroll: What exactly is the difference between Obama’s and Rubio’s plans?

Update: On second thought, is it really a disaster for O if immigration talks collapse and the GOP holds the House anyway next year? It’s a disaster insofar as it means no new assault-weapons ban in 2015, but I think he’ll pass immigration reform in his final two years even if he’s stuck with a Republican House. The GOP’s simply not going to risk another “anti-Latino” messaging barrage from Dems before a new presidential election. Obama might not get this done now but he will get this done, no matter what happens in 2014.


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I wonder if this will get as many votes as his budget proposals

Ditkaca on February 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Pray the Dems don’t re-take the House…

sandee on February 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Thank goodness Karl Rove self destructed.

The RINOs overplayed their hand and not the country is against them.

Thus very unlikely the GOP will be stupid enough to end their careers by voting for Amnesty. They will be primaried if they vote for this and Rubio can kiss his Presidential Ambitions aside. He has killed them with his Amnesty push.

Secure the border then pass a bill.

Steveangell on February 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

You know maybe they should worry about the citizens first with gas prices, economy, etc before they worry about the illegals.

Just a thought.

gophergirl on February 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The senate hasnt really come out with anything though. I still think Rubio will pull his support out. He demonizes Obama and nobody cares bout immigration to care and Rubio gets his credit for trying to tackle it.

Flapjackmaka on February 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Obama can’t let Rubio out Hispander him.

VorDaj on February 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

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canopfor on February 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Take ANY horrifically bad, atrocious, rotten idea concocted by establishment politicians in DC and you can count on a radical, extremist anti-American pathetic excuse for a president to come up with something far, far worse.

I agree that latino-suck-up traitor rubio will redouble efforts with the senate RINOS to get their own amnesty plan in place and will simply use OBOZO’s atrocity as a means of saying: “aren’t we great, we SAVED AMERICA from the horrific OBOZO amnesty plan by adopting our own slighly-less-horrific amnesty plan.”

TeaPartyNation on February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Is Double Kabuki similar to being on Double Secret Probation?

portlandon on February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

So Republicans can preemptively shoot it down. Then he can blame them for its failing and demagogue them until mid-terms.

supernova on February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

You know maybe they should worry about the citizens first with gas prices, economy, etc before they worry about the illegals.

Just a thought.

gophergirl on February 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I’m pretty sure that thought must somehow be racist. Let me ask laraza and get back to you.

Lost in Jersey on February 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Why? Because he doesn’t give a rip about compromising on a policy and is only seeking to destroy his enemies and consolidate power? If the Democrats take the house next year, we’ll see his real policies.

forest on February 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Has anybody heard any discussion of the elimination of incentives when it comes to illegals? Affirmative action? birthright citizenship? work status?

I now a gal who has never matried because she is tagged to her dead father’s back taxes by virtue of having worked for him when he cheated. She’s been harrased by the IRS for 25 years over this. How’s that going to work with illegals and back taxes?

DanMan on February 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

So Republicans can preemptively shoot it down. Then he can blame them for its failing and demagogue them until mid-terms.

supernova on February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Agreed. You, and Rush, are correct. Won’t matter. Repubs are looking good to lose the House, or significantly lower their majority, in 2014, anyway.

totherightofthem on February 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

This whole thing with bho’s ‘immigration plan’ is a dog and pony show! If the congress doesn’t like it, WELL DANG bho(I won) tried and the nasty r’s didn’t go for it! Nothing bho does is by chance, everyting is programed to stick it anyone who won’t go along with him, period!

Do you really think this a ‘horrible leak’ on this? NO way in heck, it is planned when bho is no where near dc and someone else does his dirty work.
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letget on February 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Why is Obama threatening to release his own immigration plan?

Why not?

It stirs the pot and he’ll never be held accountable.

What’s to lose?

Bruno Strozek on February 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Just more kabuki theatre.

America ends up on the losing end whilst Mexicans ends up winning.

GG, They do not give a rats about the economy, gas, food, that doesn’t get them votes.
We can all talk our selves stupid and say this and that needs to be done. It ain’t gonna be done!

Seriously, what is the point of believing in any given pol based on what they say, when down the road they do what they want not what they were voted in to do.

I doubt I shall vote again, it’s pointless.

Scrumpy on February 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

The answer is quite simple: Obama is a narcissist.

ButterflyDragon on February 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

What exactly is the difference between Obama’s and Rubio’s plans?

Republicans VS Democrats

Alien VS Predator

sharrukin on February 18, 2013 at 4:48 PM

More to the point, does Obama want to blow up the negotiations so that he can keep demagoging the GOP as the anti-Latino party ahead of the midterms?

Yes, I think so. It is what Obama and the Democrats do best – so why would they want to get anything done now?

TarheelBen on February 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

By offering his own Immigration plan, Obama will have something to compare the Rubio plan. He can’t really cry foul if he didn’t offer anything up to his minions.

portlandon on February 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

He is trying to kneecap Rubio ahead of 2016. Rubio has become the face of this thing and if it passes, he gets alot of credit for his courageous stance even though it really isn’t that high risk for him. Rubio is treated like kid gloves by talk radio hosts like Limbaugh (in contrast with McCain and Graham) because they aren’t going to bloody up the Savior. His potential opponents (Paul, Ryan, Jindal, J. Bush, Christie) are going to agree with him on this. There is little downside for Rubio personally if it passes.

There is huge downside if this fails. With “watergate,” the MSM signalled that they’re going to go with the not ready for primetime attack in 2016. Rubio needs to counter that with a big accomplishment. He also loses his cred in the Hispanic community as the guy trying to reform immigration if this fails. (The immigration reform bill is one way for Rubio to overcome suspicions among Mexican Americans.)

Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Why?

To trick low-information voters into supporting Rubio’s plan, which is nearly identical to his own. Any amnesty plan with Rubio’s name on it, instead of obama’s, automatically has more support.

It is time to start asking if Rubio is actually working directly with obama to craft a joint amnesty plan – so far, Rubio and obama have been indistinguishable on the issue.

Pork-Chop on February 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

2014 is coming. O and the Ds need as many wedge issues as they can in order to make gains. O is counting on messing with the Rs. Keep them divided, reduce voter turnout and voila mission accomplished.

Immigration
Gun Control

Keep the focus off the predominate issues, Gas going to $5 a gallon, food prices skyrocketing, less and less jobs, etc.

CoffeeLover on February 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Agreed. You, and Rush, are correct. Won’t matter. Repubs are looking good to lose the House, or significantly lower their majority, in 2014, anyway.

totherightofthem on February 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

It is going to be very difficult for the Republicans to lose the House.

Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Pray the Dems don’t re-take the House…
sandee on February 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Exactly. 2014 is key for the GOP … everything medium- and long-term rests on this, even if they have to compromise (or stand firm) on certain issues now to achieve it.

KS Rex on February 18, 2013 at 4:55 PM

To trick low-information voters into supporting Rubio’s plan, which is nearly identical to his own. Any amnesty plan with Rubio’s name on it, instead of obama’s, automatically has more support.

It is time to start asking if Rubio is actually working directly with obama to craft a joint amnesty plan – so far, Rubio and obama have been indistinguishable on the issue.

Pork-Chop on February 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Obama is the Joker and Rubio is Two-Face and they are allies now. We need a BatMan to bat them both around.

VorDaj on February 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

“Obama” doesn’t want a deal, he wants a race-war. How else to explain his despicable comments before an audience of Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans that they should side with him and “punish their enemies”:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/25/obamas-turnout-pitch-to-latinos-get-out-there-and-punish-your-enemies/.

Why didn’t the Dems push for Amnesty rather than Obamacare? I always wondered that. Afraid of a White backlash? Maybe because they had a healthcare itch that needed to be scratched since 1994 and they just went there. Or because they had just seen Bush destroy his own party over Amnesty.

Either way, I don’t think “Obama” wants a anything definite. Dems are smart enough to know that passing an Amnesty would hurt them in the short run and ruin any chances they had of retaking the House in 2014 even if it meant Dem landslides at some point in the future. But with this issue unresolved, they can use it demagogue a retaking of the House- or so they believe.

Regardless of what “Obbama” and the Dems actually want, for anyone concerned about the future of the country, blocking any type of Amnesty is paramount.

sartana on February 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

No matter how you look at it. The american people are screwed yet again.

They play party politics, whilst we sit on the sidelines and boo both sides.

Every action they take, will I hope, have a negative reaction.

It is blindingly obvious 0 is doing this for more ‘ammo’ down the road to shoot the repubs with.

Hardly any one of them could care less about us.

Doesn’t really matter what side you are on, we are ALL being led to the ‘slaughter’ we are all ‘sheeple’ some kicking and screaming others singing and clapping their hands.

Scrumpy on February 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Obama: “Secured Borders? We don’t need no stinkin’ secured borders.”

kingsjester on February 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Remind me what the GOP gets out of this deal, again?

Purple Fury on February 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Without a change of party power in the house, Obama’s legacy will be Obamacare…pffft!

He knows it, the dems know it. The coming downturn as a result of his policies will certainly move him to the historical dustbin with an asterisk.

*first elected Black President, policies responsible for the lost decade.

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Amnesty would make 0bamacare fail even harder than it’s about to fail, and fail while 0bama and the current crop of Democrats are able to be retaliated against at the polls. Furthermore, the whole reason for an amnesty push RIGHT FLIPPIN NOW is a means to get Republicans fighting, as the current gun grab is supposed to neutralize the NRA for 2014.

Maybe Rubio et al’s plan is actually to move forward and force 0bama to take steps like this to qu3ar the deal and sabotage amnesty. Because 0bama doesn’t want it any more than we do: Hispanics would get apathetic again at the polls. If I may be way politically incorrect here, many of the illegals are illegal because they don’t want to come here for reasons we’d want them to come legally–mostly having to do with Uncle Sam covering some of their bills, undercutting the wages we pay for labor, or perpetuating gang activity. Amnesty would make these troublemakers into permanent residents instead of a transient population.

Sekhmet on February 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Remind me what the GOP gets out of this deal, again?

Purple Fury on February 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

They *imagine* they will get a more compliant voting block in the Hispanics than the conservative base has been.

sharrukin on February 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Remind me what the GOP gets out of this deal, again?

Purple Fury on February 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Nothing. If we were really getting something the far left would be screaming bloody murder about various parts of the framework.

Wigglesworth on February 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Help me out here — I’m trying to think of a vocation more sleazy than politics. Pimps and prostitutes are downright saintly by comparison. Most lawyers are bottom-feeding parasites, but they’re just playing the market which politicians have established. So what does that leave us? (Don’t say baby-killers or kitten-rapers, those aren’t vocations.)

Splashman on February 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Show of hands. Who believes this is King Zero’s idea? My five month old puppy is smarter than he is.

tru2tx on February 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM

He’s going to campaign against his own plan. It’s easy to understand because it’s all he’s ever done.

SouthernGent on February 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Obama doesn’t need to release his own plan in order to get credit for any immigration deal that gets passed. He would get the credit anyway. Why?

1. Presidents always get the credit. (who got credit for the economy and surpluses in the 1990′s, Congress or Clinton?)

2. If Obama wants the credit, the media will make sure he gets it. (The converse is also true.)

No, this is more likely to be sabotage. And this is the one time I hope Obama is successful!

MPan on February 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

To trick low-information voters into supporting Rubio’s plan, which is nearly identical to his own. Any amnesty plan with Rubio’s name on it, instead of obama’s, automatically has more support.

Because Obama loves to share credit?? You guys are giving Obama too much credit for tactics. He is all about petty personal vendettas and lets them cloud his judgment. A grand bargain on entitlements would give Obama a huge historic win; however, he won’t do it because Ryan would get that accolades as well. He would be willing to tank the immigration bill (the only bipartisan thing that will get done in Obama’s second term) because Rubio who he for some reason holds a petty grudge against was becoming the face of it.

Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I guess I don’t get all the talk that if they take back the House the Filibuster goes also. Seems the wish list we are talking about became dead after Scott Brown was elected.

Conan on February 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

If amnesty for illegals is a con being perpetrated by both sides and there is no way that amnesty will ever be passed, then for once the ruling class con job works in Americas favor. It’s about time.

No Amnesty!

Or to use the ruling class’ double-speak…

No Pathway to citizenship!

No rewards for illegal aliens!
No more welfare for illegal aliens!
No more housing for illegal aliens!
Turn off the magnets!

We have a legal immigration system and if there is some problem with it, what is it? The people who want to sell out American and turn over the keys to tens of millions of socialists and other kinds of statists from all over the world are pose a threat to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

I think that most people in this country agree with me, because it is a matter of their self preservation! And that although the MSM and the ruling class likes to pretend like they’re in the majority on this issue and dismiss opponents of amnesty as racists and extremists, in fact they are lying propagandists.

In spite of their propaganda effort, in fact most Americans are still interested in self preservation. They oppose rewards for illegal immigrants, even if they don’t necessarily want to deport them. I think the ruling class has stepped in it and maybe both sides are going to start pretending that ‘oh, we didn’t really mean it, we’re not really going to pass amnesty, it was just a bit of political jockeying, honest’. I think the pathway to citizenship amnesty is backfiring on the ruling class and our government is becoming outlandish to people and increasingly losing the consent of the governed.

FloatingRock on February 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

What does 0bama get out of sabotaging an amnesty deal? Let’s think along those lines.

Sekhmet on February 18, 2013 at 5:20 PM

You have to wonder why Republicans are even playing the game. Let the Dems write everything. Vote on it and if it passes, they’ll get the blame when it inevitably fails. And it will. Just like OCare- this monster will go a long way toward bankrupting the country, but R’s have no fingerprints on it. Same should be said for immigration.

BKeyser on February 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

His potential opponents (Paul, Ryan, Jindal, J. Bush, Christie) are going to agree with him on this. There is little downside for Rubio personally if it passes.
Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

You keep saying this although it’s nonsense. Rubio is almost certainly going to have credible primary opponents to his right on immigration (and that might include Paul and Jindal, neither of whom has endorsed his plan). Ted Cruz is likely running, maybe Susana Martinez (who declined to endorse Rubio’s plan), and who knows who else.

Jon0815 on February 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

It should be embarrassing for the GOP establishment to be regularly duped by an incompetent amateur who can’t speak without a teleprompter and spends most of his time golfing. I actually felt sorry for them the first few times they were duped, and blamed it on the MSM running interference.

But, it has continued with such frequency in the past 5 years, that Occam’s razor suggests that the GOP establishment prefers liberal policy. Call it single, double or infinite kabuki.

Both sides want amnesty.

sauldalinsky on February 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Remind me what the GOP gets out of this deal, again?

Purple Fury on February 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

They get to be SHOCKED! that their hispandering did not net them as many latino votes as they thought it would.

stvnscott on February 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

How long until the giant asteroid strikes?

birdwatcher on February 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

It is going to be very difficult for the Republicans to lose the House.
Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Yeah – it was pretty difficult for the Rs to lose the White House in 2012, too, but they came through…

affenhauer on February 18, 2013 at 5:26 PM

This makes my head hurt…

d1carter on February 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

You keep saying this although it’s nonsense. Rubio is almost certainly going to have credible primary opponents to his right on immigration (and that might include Paul and Jindal, neither of whom has endorsed his plan). Ted Cruz is likely running, maybe Susana Martinez (who declined to endorse Rubio’s plan), and who knows who else.

Jon0815 on February 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

1. Martinez is to the left of Rubio on this. That is why she declined to endorse his plan. I believe that she agrees more with Jeb Bush.

2. Ted Cruz isn’t a serious potential Presidential candidate. When I hear that, it makes me laugh.

3. Paul has definitely endorsed some form of legalization on principle.

4. Do you really think that Jindal is going to come out to the right of this one? It seems to me that Jindal’s playbook in 2016 is to triangulate ala Bill Clinton and present himself as a reasonable executive and technocrat. Demagoguing the immigration goes against that issue.

Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Yeah – it was pretty difficult for the Rs to lose the White House in 2012, too, but they came through…

affenhauer on February 18, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Actually no it wasn’t. I thought that Romney was going to lose except during the month of October.

Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Just give’em all citizenship with one stipulation – they will be classified as felons for breaking US law and not be allowed to vote.

That will end the discussion immediately.

Tater Salad on February 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Keep in mind that the plan to “solve” the problem by winking and handing out green cards lets not only the illegals off the hook, but the politicians on both sides off the hook for doing nothing for 30 years.

Wander on February 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Illinidiva on February 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

My point remains valid: 0bama blows and the only way to lose to him is if you try really really hard…

affenhauer on February 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Exit question via Conn Carroll: What exactly is the difference between Obama’s and Rubio’s plans?

When I have yet to see a good explanation I can only conclude it’s similar to Romneycare vs. Obamacare. How did that work out?

CTSherman on February 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Just give’em all citizenship with one stipulation – they will be classified as felons for breaking US law and not be allowed to vote.

That will end the discussion immediately.

Tater Salad on February 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

You make a helluva lot of sense. How do people who are known felons get to become citizens with voting rights???

Kinda like how a certain person has known relationships with felons and domestic terrorists (which should eliminate any chance of getting security clearances), yet manages to become the President.

can_con on February 18, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Because he’s like a spoiled little kid that just HAS to be the center of attention.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

OT: the palinization of rubio is alive and well on cnn with wolfie

cmsinaz on February 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I’m wondering when the president had time to come up with a plan. The guy never works.

scalleywag on February 18, 2013 at 5:53 PM

It is going to be very difficult for the Republicans to lose the House.

Illinidiva

About as difficult as the last time they pushed this amnesty crap.

Remind me what the GOP gets out of this deal, again?

Purple Fury

Permanent minority status.

xblade on February 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I thought it was not the Presidents job to make bills?

watertown on February 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Frankly, I’d just like to slap his face.
(repeat post…….I just enjoy saying it).

avagreen on February 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

The key to this strategy, though, is for Obama to push his own bill before negotiations over the Rubio/Schumer bill fall apart.

Oh bullshit. Obama doesn’t care one way of the: he knows the media will cover for him and blame the Republicans no matter what happens or who does it! He can just work on his golf.

This is what happenes when the media decides to quit doing its job out of infatuation with an unprincipled charlatan – the only thing he ever learned to do is set people against each other and now nobody can stop him.

drunyan8315 on February 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

I’m wondering when the president had time to come up with a plan. The guy never works.

scalleywag on February 18, 2013 at 5:53 PM

I’m wondering when Jeb’s Waterboy had time to come up with a plan. The guy never works.

Right now the JUNIOR senator is on his way to Israel, again. Why? He was too busy talking up amnesty on talk radio and didn’t vote against Kerry. Will he be around to vote against Hagel? Why isn’t the little Waterboy screaming bloody murder about corruptocrat Lew?

I didn’t send the Waterboy to DC to run for POTUS or become a corruptocrat. We Floridians sent him there to do Florida’s business not be Jeb Bush’s Waterboy.

He is an immature first term senator, a legend in his own mind, has NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE, and hasn’t cultivated any relationships. Sounds just like Obama to me.

How did that work out? Or are we all just hypocrites.

I don’t believe in Affirmative Action. If the Waterboy wants the job he has to earn it the old fashioned way. He reminds me of the little snot noses that show up at the office the first day and demand the corner office.

Get to work Waterboy or get lost.

Jayrae on February 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Is Double Kabuki similar to being on Double Secret Probation?

portlandon on February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

“Knowledge is good.”

Khun Joe on February 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Why is Obama threatening to release his own immigration plan?

Maybe it is because his administration is guilty of breaking current laws:

Napolitano: DHS Authorizing Illegal Aliens to Work in U.S.

DannoJyd on February 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

If Obama talks up his own bill and ends up polarizing the issue until the compromise falls apart, great! He’ll happily use that as leverage for the “GOP hates Latinos” talking point in 2014. Realistically, the only way he’ll have a truly consequential second term is if Democrats can take back the House; that’s what his gun-control campaign right now is all about, and that’s what the fate of things like cap-and-trade rests on. If Republicans hang onto the House next year, O’s last two years will be spent mired in lame-duck misery. If they don’t, he’ll be the rare president who ends eight years in office with a flurry of significant “achievements.”

THIS.

He’s going all-in on holding the Senate, winning back the House, and burying the Republican Party for at least a generation. And of course, bankrupting the nation if all of that happens.

rockmom on February 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Why Did Obama Leak the Immigration Plan:

Ta Da!

White House says leaked immigration plan a backup if Congress doesn’t act
Feb 18 2013
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http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/18/17007676-white-house-says-leaked-immigration-plan-a-backup-if-congress-doesnt-act?lite

canopfor on February 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

The GOP’s simply not going to risk another “anti-Latino” messaging barrage from Dems before a new presidential election. Obama might not get this done now but he will get this done, no matter what happens in 2014.

No matter what the Latinos will not vote for the Rs. The effort is all futile and the Rs will be labeled the “party of the illegals”.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I expect Obama’s Immigration bill is in the same place as he keeps his budget.

We all know he is lazy when it comes to boring stuff like this. He doesn’t have anything but doesn’t need to let Congress make progress on anything.

As long as Congress is being blamed, he can cavort all he wants.

virgo on February 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM