Democratic Super PAC already attacking Republican “Gang of Eight” members for being too hard on illegals

posted at 2:41 pm on April 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Even TPM seems incredulous. The left’s supposed to wait until after Republicans help pass amnesty to start shrieking that they’re Latino-hating racists who’ll never change.

Enter American Bridge, a prominent Democratic super PAC devoted to tracking Republican candidates and gathering opposition research.

The group is out with a dossier Monday entitled “Barriers to Reform: The anti-immigrant and extremist money blocking progress in the Senate.” The report singles out a handful of Republican senators for what it describes as “disturbing” anti-immigration rhetoric and notes donations they’ve received from individuals and foundations who have also funded border hawk groups like FAIR and NumbersUSA, among others.

So who’s on the list of these supposed “barriers to reform” with “troubling histories on the issue?” Every Republican who wrote the immigration bill…

The report, which comes as Republican members of the “Gang of 8” are garnering praise from their Democratic colleagues for shepherding legislation to this point, offers a preview of where the politics of immigration might be heading: Democrats aren’t going to let Republicans brand themselves as the party of immigration — and Latino voters — just because they finally changed their mind about blocking reform.

Good cop/bad cop. Schumer and Durbin spend Sunday mornings blathering about how they could have never gotten this far on immigration reform without Rubio, and meanwhile American Bridge puts together a 550-page oppo research book on him for Democratic use the second this amnesty sellout is over. At least, that’s what I thought was coming; evidently AB can’t bear to wait another month until the bill’s safely through Congress to get rolling. Could be that it’s a pressure tactic, likely in coordination with Democratic leaders, to try to keep Rubio and the other Republican “Gang” members in the fold if/when the long-awaited conservative backlash to the Gang’s bill finally begins. Give the GOP a taste now of what’s coming if they balk and maybe they won’t … even though this is certainly coming eventually whether the bill passes or not.

Naturally, Republican “Gang” members are using scare tactics of their own to try to build consensus:

GOP gang members will have one final argument, one they will most likely use privately with fellow Republicans. If the Gang plan goes down in defeat, the argument goes, Barack Obama will be a lame-duck president who has promised key Democratic constituencies that he will take action on immigration reform. He has already used his executive power to unilaterally enact a version of the Dream Act. If Congress denies him immigration reform, according to the argument, he will essentially do for the entire illegal immigrant population what the Dream Act did for young illegal immigrants: legalize them by declining to enforce current law. With the stroke of Obama’s pen, millions of illegal immigrants will become legal.

And it could all happen, the Gang members will argue, without any of the strict enforcement measures — E-Verify, entry-exit, border security and more — that are in the Gang bill. And Obama’s unilateral legalization would be virtually impossible for a future president, Republican or Democrat, to reverse.

In other words, after all the provisions and requirements and triggers, the ultimate Gang argument to conservatives and Republicans will be: Pass our bill, or face utter disaster.

Is that right? If that’s a surefire winner for Democrats, why haven’t they walked away from the bill already and demanded that Obama sign some sort of executive amnesty instead? That would give them all the benefits of legalization without any of the border-control measures they despise. Two answers, I think. One: There’d be too much risk of a backlash. Democrats need at least a fig leaf of border security to show centrist Dems and independents that they kinda sorta almost care about restricting the flow of illegals. If O suddenly decided he’d no longer enforce immigration law against the entire illegal population, the GOP could hammer liberals on it all sorts of ways — a de facto executive power grab over immigration law, dereliction of duty by the country’s chief law enforcement officer, another terrible economic measure from O in ensuring a glut of labor when unemployment’s still north of seven percent, etc etc. Too risky for Democrats, especially in purple states. Two: Obama could, maybe, refuse to remove any further illegals as a matter of policy but he couldn’t grant them citizenship, which is what the left craves. He needs Congress for that and any sudden moves from the executive branch on immigration would do more to scare off legislative support than to build it. Here’s your data set of the day: According to a poll by Latino decisions, 87 percent of illegals say they would seek citizenship if given the chance. (Politico notes that this contradicts Jeb Bush’s talking point that many illegals don’t really want to become citizens.) Assuming that’s true, using the standard figure of 11 million illegals currently in the U.S., that’s almost 9.6 million potential citizens in the pipeline. Further assuming that that population breaks down 60/40 for Democrats, which is generously in line with voting patterns among U.S. citizens of Latino descent, that’s a net take of nearly 2 million voters for Dems. Why would O jeopardize that by doing something dramatic about removal?

If you haven’t yet, read Mickey Kaus’s post this morning about Rubio’s answer yesterday when asked whether the path to citizenship will only be triggered if/when border security is improved. Sure sounds like Democrats are right in believing that security is not a trigger, but even if it is, you know what’ll happen if after 10 years the border’s still not secure. Today’s American Bridge assault is just the tippy top of the iceberg. Exit question: If Rubio’s right that the Gang of Eight bill is just a “starting point” and not a “take-it-or-leave-it offer,” why are McCain and Jeff Flake acting like it pretty much is a take-it-or-leave-it offer?

Update: Almost forgot another Kaus post worth reading — this one, noting reports that illegal crossings are already up thanks to all the immigration chatter in the Senate.


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Let Obama try and grant amnesty to 10,000,000 illegal aliens by executive order. He will get crushed in the midterms.

Wigglesworth on April 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Well we can’t have any negative vibs from d’s now can we r’s? Do as you normally do, CAVE!
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letget on April 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Further assuming that that population breaks down 60/40 for Democrats, which is generously in line with voting patterns among U.S. citizens of Latino descent, that’s a net take of nearly 2 million voters for Dems

That doesn’t take into account chain migration: The new citizens will have the right to bring in their spouses, children, and parents. After the 1986 amnesty, there were an average of 3 chain migrants brought in per amnestied illegal.

Jon0815 on April 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Fluke them all, the illegals, the gang of eight and the Democraps.

Schadenfreude on April 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

If the “gang of eight” hasn’t demanded illegal invaders be “shot on sight”, then I don’t see how they’ve been too hard on them.

/sarc

hawkeye54 on April 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Who doesn’t know that this latest attack on RINOs is just another transparent case of good cop/bad cop to try to convince conservatives that there is anything in an immigration bill with the stench of amnesty to admire? As for the threat that Obama will somehow legalize illegals by executive order. So what. If we are no longer a nation of laws then any laws that benefit illegals can simply be ignored by a future administration. Just as immigration enforcement laws are ignored by the Obama administration.

Hera on April 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

To quote Winston Churchill, “Never ever ever ever trust a liberal.”

LincolntheHun on April 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

To quote Winston Churchill, “Never ever ever ever trust a liberal.”

Never have. Never will.

hawkeye54 on April 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Lo que se siembre, se cosecha.

steebo77 on April 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

OK, I said we would begin seeing this crap within 6 months of the bill’s passage but apparently somebody didn’t get the memo about holding their horses until the groundwork was laid.

novaculus on April 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM

In other words, after all the provisions and requirements and triggers, the ultimate Gang argument to conservatives and Republicans will be: Pass our bill, or face utter disaster.

I blame the Latino community for hijacking the discussion and making all about getting citizenship for the illegals- quickly with no pain and automatic qualification for things like Social Security even though they’ve been using faked documents for employment purposes.

There needs to be a real discussion about “immigration” but it will take more than one session in the Senate and it can not be forced by a bunch of Latino activists who don’t give a damn about this country beyond shoring up the left’s voting bloc with criminals.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Definition of ‘holes’ and ‘insanity’ spring to mind when discussing Repubs reaching across the isle at Dims.

Thomas More on April 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Democratic Super PAC already attacking Republican “Gang of Eight” members

Democrats just can’t help themselves…. they will poison the well every time, and then blame the other party for not working with them.

UltimateBob on April 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Democratic Super PAC already attacking Republican “Gang of Eight” members for being too hard on illegals

ROFLMAO!

That’s okay, the Senate GOP gangsters will just attack conservatives and Americans a little more to get back on the nice side of their brothers-in-treason.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Republicans arguing that this new Amnesty measure is key to securing electoral support from Latinos should consider the overwhelming vote by Latinos against McCain in 2008, the Republican poster boy for Amnesty.

DaMav on April 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

why are McCain and Jeff Flake acting like it pretty much is a take-it-or-leave-it offer?

If that’s the choice, we’ll take “leave it.” Or better yet, “blow it into a million tiny pieces” and while we’re at it, put a boot to the azz of McCain and Flake and every other idiotic RINO who played any role in putting this POS amnesty monstrosity together.

AZCoyote on April 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM

So, what say ye, fellow “extremists” and “bigots”? Will this latest flagrant attack on what’s left of the rule of law, fueled by race-baiting, greed, and power-madness, meet with the same response it did in 2006?

Just because I’ve been wrong about every political event since 2008 (2010 mid-terms excepted, I guess), I’d say we will not see a 2006-style blowback. Certainly nothing sufficient to shock the pathetic GOP and the nandful of non-insane Dems into backpedaling and dissembling, as in 2006.

Rubio has always struck me as a twink and a lightweight – yes, I know, in the degraded America of the early 2000s, any public figure exhibiting even a smidgen of a clue and being able to express same stands like a titan in the land of midgets – but in this case he really might be pulling a grenade pin and dropping the grenade under his chair.

Of all the distorted “issues” in the public square today, amnesty for illegal immigration may be the quintessential example that neatly includes every element of our degradation. The words used are misleading and inaccurate (this has become histrionic and Soviet-style with the Associated Press’s style book changes); racism and race-baiting are the principal tool employed (with some jaw-droppingly stupid appeals to dimwit emotion for the clueless “concerned” sort); lawlessness and economic/administrative/public order damage are the main immediate outcomes.

But after 2008 and 2012 (and really, 2003-onwards), what are the chances that one more huge self-inflicted disaster will be avoided here? Seems unlikely there are enough intelligent, informed, responsible Americans (a mindset, not a birth certificate) paying attention and not vulnerable to race-baiting/mau-mauing to push back this time.

IceCold on April 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Who cares? Rubio has turned into a real stooge! A classic politico without a moral compass! ” I will never support Amnesty!” Said he in 2010!

Hey Marco, if it walks like duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck! Your declaration that immigration reform is not amnesty is proof that you have joined the club and forsaken your principles. No matter how much you protest. Any reward of a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens is Amnesty. Changing their description to immigrants, undocumented, ain’t going to change what they are! They are streaming over and under the fences, saying, “Obama is promising amnesty!” You and the Gang of Eight are a disgrace!

tomshup on April 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

And it could all happen, the Gang members will argue, without any of the strict enforcement measures — E-Verify, entry-exit, border security and more

The “strict” enforcement measures will never happen. What must they think of us?

Kjeil on April 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

There’s that front page pic again – Lex Schumer stabbing SuperMarco in the back with a kryptonite knife…

Marcola on April 15, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Give me a call when they ever secure our BORDERS, not before.

GOP = 0bama spittle lickers

DannoJyd on April 15, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I hope I never hear Rubio and presidency in the same breath on this site again.

voiceofreason on April 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Who cares? Rubio has turned into a real stooge! A classic politico without a moral compass! ” I will never support Amnesty!” Said he in 2010!

tomshup on April 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Correct

Most infuriating is his arrogance. He presents his arguments as if he is representing the wishes of the American people

He skips over how he discovered that mandate, after his election

Now he is presenting himself as the personal lawyer hired by the American people to make sure amnesty is passed

I cannot find the proper words to describe my disgust with this scoundrel.

Rubio is a phoney, and a plant. Nothing more be said.

entagor on April 15, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Too hard on Mexican illegals?

Reminder: How Mexico Treats “Undesirable” Foreigners

Why not treat Mexican illegals the same way they treat their illegals? Oh right, that would be very arrogant, bigoted and racist. We are expected to be much better – ie. much better suckers.

Chessplayer on April 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

How can a sitting president pervert the rule of law and not be impeached?

aceinstall on April 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM