Bad news: Gang of Eight mad at Rubio for demanding more border security

posted at 5:21 pm on June 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

This reeks of kabuki, a deliberate leak aimed at shoring up Rubio’s credibility among conservatives as criticism of him from the right gets louder. They’re aiming for 70 votes for the Gang of Eight bill in the Senate, which means at least 15 Republicans, and the more heat Rubio takes for selling out on enforcement, the less likely GOP fencesitters are to take a tough vote in his favor.

And yet, Rubio has moved quickly and conspicuously lately from outright support for Cornyn’s amendment (supposedly he worked on it with Cornyn “for weeks”) to a presumably softer alternative amendment that he’s drafting with Tom Coburn. (That’s the one that’s coming next week, I take it.) That suggests that maybe the Gang really did pull him aside and have a word with him. When Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham tell you that you’ve gone too far in trying to secure the border, then darn it, you’ve gone too far.

Republican and Democratic senators in the “gang of eight” immigration reform group gave Marco Rubio an earful at a private meeting this week, telling him they were frustrated with his public embrace of overly conservative border security measures and his failure to adequately communicate with them over strategy, which they said was putting reform at risk, I’m told…

Publicly, Senators have mostly remained mum as Rubio has flirted with conservative demands for more border security. But in the private meeting, Republican and Democratic senators in the gang of eight expressed “frustration” with Rubio over the manner in which he publicly embraced the John Cornyn amendment, which mandates hard border security “triggers” as a precondition for citizenship in a manner Dems find unacceptable, the source tells me.

In particular, they complained that Rubio’s manner of endorsing the Cornyn plan had made it easier for other GOP Senators whose support is deemed gettable on the gang of eight compromise to instead latch on to something far more conservative (the Cornyn plan) that the rest of the gang will not support. As feared, uncommitted Republican Senators are beginning to clamber aboard the Cornyn “hard trigger” express.

That’s from lefty Greg Sargent. Since this was leaked to him rather than to a conservative amnesty skeptic, it raises the possibility that it’s actually kabuki aimed at the lefty base to convince them that Schumer et al. are working diligently to prevent the bill’s phony border-enforcement “trigger” from becoming slightly (and only slightly) less phony. Or maybe it’s actually double conservative kabuki, designed not only to shore up Rubio’s right-wing cred but to frame Cornyn’s amendment, which is hardly draconian, as some sort of incredibly hard-ass border-security measure whose eventual acceptance into the Gang’s bill will be presented as proof of total GOP victory to skeptical conservatives. Or, just maybe, it’s kabuki within kabuki within kabuki. I’m … not sure how, or what that would look like, but I’m hoping/expecting a theory from Mickey Kaus’s next post.

In case you’re a liberal who thinks Cornyn’s border-security is unacceptably hawkish even though, per the last link, it isn’t at all, good news — Cornyn himself is willing to water it down for you.

Cornyn told Republican colleagues at a meeting Wednesday that he would consider making changes to his amendment to bolster the border-security provisions of the Senate bill.

His willingness to negotiate left some Republicans convinced after the meeting that he would strike a deal with the Gang of Eight and vote for final passage. His support would help the legislation pass overwhelmingly…

Cornyn said he’s willing to modify proposal but will not concede on what he calls its “fundamental substance.”

“There are certain elements that are non-negotiable, specifically the mechanism by which we would guarantee the security measures in the bill would actually be implemented,” he said.

We’ll see how non-negotiable it is. Cornyn’s up for reelection next November and has spent the past year terrified of Texas tea partiers doing to him what they helped Ted Cruz do to David Dewhurst last July. A running joke in political media is that Cruz now effectively has two votes in the Senate because Cornyn is worried about being seen as breaking with him on anything. And yet, despite all that and despite the fact that Cruz has opposed the Gang’s bill, here’s Cornyn making noise about weakening his own border-security amendment in the interest of helping out the Gang of Eight. That’s how badly the Republican establishment wants this bill to pass.

You’ll be pleased to know that Boehner, whose intentions on immigration reform are worrisomely opaque so far, met with Rubio privately on Wednesday. Surely nothing bad can come from that, with the House supposedly the last line of defense in stopping the bill that Rubio’s trying to sell. Via Byron York and RCP, here he is in an interview with Andrea Tantaros making a novel argument for amnesty: We need to put illegals on a path to citizenship because the fines they’ll pay will end up paying for the new border security measures in the Gang’s bill. Skip to 3:25 for the key bit. I’m keen to see the numbers he has to back that up, but in the meantime look on the bright side: Twenty years from now, after many millions more illegals have made it over the border, they’ll be able to pay for the border-security measures included in the next amnesty. This is all zeroing out, America.


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Puppet show.

SparkPlug on June 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

It is all about appearence at this point. What is always the most important thing on any elected official’s mind? Winning his or her next election, baby.

a capella on June 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Nothing that comes out of that gang can be trusted except their intent on betraying the American people.

voiceofreason on June 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

It’s all a big joke.

ObamaCare – Nothing Done – Joke
Fast and Furious – Nothing Done – Joke
Beghazi – Nothing Done – Joke
IRS – Nothing Done – Joke
Justice Dept – Nothing Done – Joke
NSA – Nothing Done – Joke

etc etc etc

dddave on June 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

dont believe it its just another head fake.

ChunkyLover on June 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

So has anyone asked the eitiods WHY they are so opposed to securing our borders ?
We know why laraza alqaeda demoncraps want to harm our country , but why do the Republicans want so too ?

burrata on June 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I wish Ed Morrissey had confronted Marco Rubio more strongly when he spoke to him yesterday on the radio show. What happened? This is really making me sick.

I am still optimistic this amnesty push will fail.

bluegill on June 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Make Marco Rubio Eat His Own Words

Resist We Much on June 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Superb graphic.

MadisonConservative on June 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

That’s OK… The American people are mad at Marco Rubio and the rest of the treasonous Gang of 8 too.

Vote any Senator or Congressperson who supports this Amnesty bill OUT OF OFFICE as soon as possible.

In the meantime, ENFORCE our current laws against ILLEGAL immigration.

wren on June 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

BS…They’re mad at Rubio because he’s supposedly balking at the Gay Partner thingy…

And I could care less.

Rubio is dead to me…and so is anyone who supports this immigration debacle.

We should have a Border Security Bill First…Perry was right about that.

Once the Border is secured…then real immigration reform can be debated and that can be coupled with a Monroe Doctrine to our southern neighbors.

workingclass artist on June 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Uh oh, the Amnesty 8 better be careful or Rubio will walk.

Bwaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…..

xblade on June 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Via Byron York and RCP, here he is in an interview with Andrea Tantaros making a novel argument for amnesty: We need to put illegals on a path to citizenship because the fines they’ll pay will end up paying for the new border security measures in the Gang’s bill.

I thought initially that this was just Rubio reaching desperately for another lame excuse to pass this bill(since we ain’t buying his other BS). But I think he’s also unintentionally tipping us off on one of the reasons both Republicans and Democrats support amnesty. They need more revenue. They can’t keep hitting up the people already paying taxes. And they wouldn’t dare ask the half of the country not paying a cent to suddenly start chipping in. So along comes this group of brand new taxpayers magically appearing out of nowhere and totaling at least 11 million. Don’t worry, America. They’ll solve our fiscal problems.

I’m not defending this insanity. It’s completely preposterous. But that’s probably the mentality of a lot of the morons in DC who are trying to ram this thing through. It’ll end up working out about as well as Obamacare, but I figure most of these folks will have long since abandoned DC for some cushy lobbying gig by the time it blows up on our faces, so what the hell do they care?

Doughboy on June 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

You know for all the money we have spent fighting around in Iraq, Afghanistan, and protecting losers like the Arabians, plus all the money we have wasted on the Egyptians….and instead used that money on a border wall. We could have a triple wall, with two moats, you know the deluxe model.

Instead we have nothing really on the border, and still have a bunch of Jihadis to chase around. Conservatives have to make a choice, defense of the homeland or more Middle East adventures? I admit I am NOT a hardcore border hawk like some are, but I can see the practical nature of building a wall, at least if we are going to spend the money we will spend it on American jobs here at home building the wall and at the same time make the hardcore border hawks happy by protecting the southern border. It will make me happy because the idiot Neo-Cons like McCain will be made powerless and prevent him from getting us into anymore Islamic adventures.

William Eaton on June 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

We need to put illegals on a path to citizenship because the fines they’ll pay will end up paying for the new border security measures in the Gang’s bill.

Stop paying $ 4 BILLION in taxpayer money , EVERY YEAR,
to illegals as ” tax refunds” for bogus tax returns and dependents, and secure the dang border with that money .

burrata on June 14, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Cornyn’s up for reelection next November and has spent the past year terrified of Texas tea partiers doing to him what they helped Ted Cruz do to David Dewhurst last July.

As he should be. Cruz beat Dewhurst because Dew was a squish, and the TP came out in force. Three times (primary, run-off and general). JC would be (politically) suicidal to push this mess through.

iurockhead on June 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I am still optimistic this amnesty push will fail.

bluegill on June 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Well the Brothers have been told to get behind the Amigos in the employment line…and they seem a bit PO’d at losing favored minority status with it’s requisite political pull.

It’s finally dawning on them that Pigford might be all bribe they get and at 13% as a stable demographic population due to progressive eugenics…yada yada yada

So there’s that.

workingclass artist on June 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Nada más que una pelea entre amantes.

steebo77 on June 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Theater.

S. Weasel on June 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

They’re all in it together and laughing at the American populace suckers!!

Deano1952 on June 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Make Marco Rubio Eat His Own Words

Resist We Much

Nice. Including his comment last weekend saying that legalization must come first would make it even more powerful.

xblade on June 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Would it be too unreasonable to ask why we aren’t securing the border anyway? Is this really a bargaining chip? Aren’t we sorta supposed to be doing it anyway, as a sovereign nation?

IndieDogg on June 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Yes, Rubio is a kabuki master. Rubio isn’t really demanding more border security – he has already said, on multiple occasions, that he wants immediate, INSTANT AMNESTY and that border security is unimportant. Every move that Rubio makes is carefully choreographed and scripted by ‘team obama’ – he will do as he is told, and paid, to do.

Pork-Chop on June 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

You know for all the money we have spent fighting around in Iraq, Afghanistan, and protecting losers like the Arabians, plus all the money we have wasted on the Egyptians….and instead used that money on a border wall. We could have a triple wall, with two moats, you know the deluxe model………

William Eaton on June 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Oh, oh, oh………can we have some alligators too??

iurockhead on June 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

You know what would go a long way twards boosting my opinion of Rubio??

The next time they have a photo op like this, Rubio busts Schumer right in the chops..

Seriously…just smoke him right in his big blow hole…

POW!!

BigWyo on June 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

A reminder to Hot Air commenters, lest Capitalist Hog not show up any time soon to deliver it himself:

You are anti-gay, anti-Hispanic and anti-Muslim.
Capitalist Hog on June 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

steebo77 on June 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Cornyn is caving to the Bushes…They’re behind this push cause they want Jeb to be POTUS.

workingclass artist on June 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Rubio lied and the GOP establishment thinks that he took one for the team.

ytrap driht

mjbrooks3 on June 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

How dumb do they think we are?

Rubio either has brain damage or someone has got something on him. No one with a true conservative bone in there body would side with Chuck Schumer on anything. Let alone, make the rounds defending lies for him.

Doesnt Rubio realize how stupid he looks? Every day something new from the Gang of Eight bill comes out that proves he is either frighteningly naive or repulsively dishonest.

It doesnt matter how this whole train wreck ends now. Marco Rubio is finished. That in itself should make you wonder what in the heck could drive him to continue this suicide mission. Why would he destroy his career in an attempt to destroy his party, and eventually his country?

It doesnt make any sense….but then again…the GOP has become the party of stupid.

alecj on June 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Last days of Rome…

Seven Percent Solution on June 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

If they were really mad, they could have at least kicked the traitor.

HornetSting on June 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Not buying it. Rubio’s own lies and two-faced words demonstrate that this is bullshit.

Midas on June 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Via Byron York and RCP, here he is in an interview with Andrea Tantaros making a novel argument for amnesty: We need to put illegals on a path to citizenship because the fines they’ll pay will end up paying for the new border security measures in the Gang’s bill.

I thought initially that this was just Rubio reaching desperately for another lame excuse to pass this bill(since we ain’t buying his other BS). But I think he’s also unintentionally tipping us off on one of the reasons both Republicans and Democrats support amnesty. They need more revenue. They can’t keep hitting up the people already paying taxes. And they wouldn’t dare ask the half of the country not paying a cent to suddenly start chipping in. So along comes this group of brand new taxpayers magically appearing out of nowhere and totaling at least 11 million. Don’t worry, America. They’ll solve our fiscal problems.

I’m not defending this insanity. It’s completely preposterous. But that’s probably the mentality of a lot of the morons in DC who are trying to ram this thing through. It’ll end up working out about as well as Obamacare, but I figure most of these folks will have long since abandoned DC for some cushy lobbying gig by the time it blows up on our faces, so what the hell do they care?

Doughboy on June 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

You mean California and other broke liberal states needs more revenue.

Texas doesn’t…We’d like Boots on the ground on the border.

workingclass artist on June 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Bad news: Gang of Eight mad at Rubio for demanding more border security
…it’s all just a well choreographed dance.

TRUST NO ONE.

TeaPartyNation on June 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Rubio es una marioneta hecha de madera (Rubio is a puppet made of wood). If you look closely at pictures of Rubio with Schumer you can notice the fine piano wires (almost invisible) coming out of Marco and Chucky Baby cleverly manipulating them.

MaiDee on June 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Every member of the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the Senate is up for re-election in 2014.

U.S. Senators who are up for re-election in 2014 (Class II) – 33

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?Class=2

Republicans (13)

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) – Not running for re-election

Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Susan Collins (R-ME)

John Cornyn (R-TX)

Michael Enzi (R-WY)

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)- Richard Cash is running against Gang of 8 member Sen. Graham in the Republican Primary http://www.richardcashforsenate.com/

James Inhofe (R-OK)

Mike Johanns (R-NE) – Not running for re-election

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

James Risch (R-ID)

Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Democrats (20)

Max Baucus (D-MT) – Not running for re-election

Mark Begich (D-AK)

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Al Franken (D-MN)

Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Tom Harkin (D-IA) – Not running for re-election

Tim Johnson (D-SD) – Not running for re-election

John Kerry (D-MA) – Special Election to replace John Kerry is on June 25. Gabriel Gomez (R) vs. Ed Markey (D)

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – Deceased. Special Primary election in August. General election in October.

Carl Levin (D-MI) – Not running for re-election

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Mark Pryor (D-AR)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

John Rockefeller IV (D-WV) – Not running for re-election

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Mark Udall (D-CO)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

Mark Warner (D-VA)

Let your Congressperson and Senators know that if they support this Amnesty bill, you will be working very hard to support the candidate who is running against them in their next election.

wren on June 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

If true, good to hear. obviously Rubio is discovering that people no longer trust him. Well, Senator, ’tis true. We don’t trust you now. Heck, your first year and you side with this gang? We thought you were smarter than that.

They are using you – classic leftist/modern liberal/Dem approach. Sweet until they pull the rug out from under you.

Something is rotten here – I don’t know what, but something is rotten. There is no way, Senator Rubio, that you will get reelected if you pass a bill that makes life easier for these illegal immigrants – easier than almost any other immigrant group in the past – including your parents.

MN J on June 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

This is all just a show. I don’t know about any other Conservatives, but Rubio has no cred with me at all. I don’t live in Florida so there’s nothing I can do about him next election. I’ll just pick it out on any Republican candidates in my state that I can reach.

The Republican Party is dead to me.

Liam on June 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Pre-planned outrage to help boost their little boy blue’s cred with the base.

The Puppet Show continues.

portlandon on June 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

TRUST NO ONE.

TeaPartyNation on June 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

This.

VegasRick on June 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

The Washington Two step.
The DC Tango.
The Senator Cha Cha.
The Gang of 8 Mambo.
The Congressional Twist.
The Open Border Salsa.

portlandon on June 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Via Byron York and RCP, here he is in an interview with Andrea Tantaros making a novel argument for amnesty: We need to put illegals on a path to citizenship because the fines they’ll pay will end up paying for the new border security measures in the Gang’s bill.

What a bunch of *ucking idiots….

What America will get if they pass this bill:

More gang activity.
More rape.
More murder.
More crime in general.
More taxes to fund more welfare.
More traffic.
Lower wages.
More interacial tension between blacks & hispanics.
Employers will be enticed to hire the amnesty gangs over American citizens…..

Get your guns, don’t listen to Rubio or the shills in silicon valley.
Protect your family and yourself. The police and politicians won’t.
Any Senator who votes for amnesty should be considered a traitor and brought up on charges.

Let’s elect politicians who will enforce our CURRENT laws. Or soon the law will mean nothing.

redguy on June 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM

New Steyn…

Big Politically Correct Brother

Resist We Much on June 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

dddave Not only is nothing ever done but nobody is responsible-with the sole exception of two rogue IRS employees who don’t exist. Not only do we have 24/7 all corruption all the time administration but we have a stupid, clueless opposition (McCain, Boehner, Rubio, Graham)who fold like tents at the slightest demurrer.

MaiDee on June 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

This reeks of kabuki

What an insult to kabuki – I’ve seen preschoolers with more acting talent than this bunch.

Shay on June 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Sadly,Rubio now looking more foolish by the day

Sandybourne on June 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

What an insult to kabuki – I’ve seen preschoolers with more acting talent than this bunch.

Shay on June 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I agree..Doesn’t look good..:)

Dire Straits on June 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I just mailed my change of party affiliation from R to S (something) today to the election office.

Tonight, I get a call from the GOP.

Gawd, that call was fun.

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US THAT IS STILL REGISTERED AS A REPUBLICAN MUST change party affiliation.

They have to know we’re fed up.

If you’re so inclined later, you can always change it back.. HAHAHAHAHAHA… like for a primary or something.

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

I just mailed my change of party affiliation from R to S (something) today to the election office.

Tonight, I get a call from the GOP.

Gawd, that call was fun.

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I think I will start the FU party……

redguy on June 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM

This process has starkly shown Rubio’s naivety and political immaturity.

He’s in WAY over his head – and Schumer & Co. know it.

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

The Washington Two step.
The DC Tango.
The Senator Cha Cha.
The Gang of 8 Mambo.
The Congressional Twist.
The Open Border Salsa.

portlandon on June 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Don’t forget the MARCO MACARENA !

(or RUBIO RUMBA)

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

They think we are SO STUPID.

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I add my voice to the opinion that they yelled at him a little to shore up the fact that he tried pulling a bait-and-switch. Border security first morphed into amnesty first to pay for that border security.

Both Republicans and Democrats should agree, no matter what happens to the 20M illegals infesting the nation, that border security is a national security issue and should be dealt with separately than this citizenship giveaway. Otherwise you get more rat finks like Rubio trying to con the American conservative while rendering assistance to the enemy (illegal or Democrat- take your pick).

Happy Nomad on June 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Punish them. Punish them. Punish them. As Coulter says, that’s all we have left!

They are useless as a Democrat anyway, but far more frustrating because we — despite ourselves — hold out hope that maybe, maybe, someone will have some guts!

They are feckless “Chamberlains” when we cry out for Churchill’s. Come on, R’s! Offend somebody! Stand for something!

Ann Coulter. More balls than all of the Gang of Ocha R’s put together.

Whitewolf7070 on June 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

This process has starkly shown Rubio’s naivety and political immaturity.

He’s in WAY over his head – and Schumer & Co. know it.

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Rubio is just another 2 faced liar who speaks from both sides of his (2) mouths , one face for angelos, another face for amigos.

burrata on June 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US THAT IS STILL REGISTERED AS A REPUBLICAN MUST change party affiliation.

They have to know we’re fed up.

If you’re so inclined later, you can always change it back.. HAHAHAHAHAHA… like for a primary or something.

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Change to Independent? If we can do it en masse it might get noticed.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

The Washington Two step.
The DC Tango.
The Senator Cha Cha.
The Gang of 8 Mambo.
The Congressional Twist.
The Open Border Salsa.

portlandon on June 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Don’t forget the MARCO MACARENA !

(or RUBIO RUMBA)

stenwin77 on June 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Or the Middle Finger Mambo

Happy Nomad on June 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Rubio is just another 2 faced liar who speaks from both sides of his (2) mouths , one face for angelos, another face for amigos.

burrata on June 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Yeah, telling the Spanish language network one thing and the Gringo networks something else really came back to haunt him.

Happy Nomad on June 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I just realized that Mario looks like a scorched pig, his pink skin is from boiling in the commie hot water too long. Yeah I heard that kissy kissy Rubio interview by Ed ‘Azz-Kisser’ Morrissey!
Even numbnutz Rubio lover Rush Limbaugh has gotten off the Rubio crack pipe but not Ed M. nor wimpy Hugh Hewitt!

el Vaquero on June 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Dire Straits on June 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Pisses me off that they think we’re that stupid. But I guess another bad consequence of elections is they think we all have the intellect of the 53%

Shay on June 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Both the Dem’s and Reps know the window is closing. Neither party realized how quickly it was happening till this week. Ed had an earlier post on this today. At this point, with all the scandals, political D.C. is very close to shutting down till 2014. Given what’s happen, that might not a bad idea after all.

flackcatcher on June 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

We need to put illegals on a path to citizenship because the fines they’ll pay will end up paying for the new border security measures in the Gang’s bill.

No. We need them out.

We will see what they come up with. I’ll read it, but i will wager right now that it’s crap. Any takers?

dogsoldier on June 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Does this now make it the “gang of seven?” Or is Rubio now mad at himself.

Old Country Boy on June 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

As he should be. Cruz beat Dewhurst because Dew was a squish, and the TP came out in force. Three times (primary, run-off and general). JC would be (politically) suicidal to push this mess through.

iurockhead on June 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

That’s what a lot of us are saying when we call. It’s along the lines of the old Cosby speech that he gave to Theo. I brought you into this world and I can take you out. We remind the aide that it was the grassroots that got Ted Cruz into office and it will be the grassroots that retire Cornyn. Word from the trenches is that his phone in all offices was ringing off the hook today. Cornyn’s in bed with the big money homebuilders who he wants to please. Even if you’re not from TX, call his office this weekend and leave a message.

TxAnn56 on June 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

What they aren’t telling you is that it is already Federal law that immigrants must be proficient in English and pass a civics test.

Like defending the borders and building the fence, the ‘benefits’ that Rubio, Ryan, etc, are throwing out, the English proficiency and civics test passage ARE ALREADY THE LAW.

They are promising stuff that is already law and acting like their new requirements make this immigration reform package a bill ‘with teeth’ that is totally different from the 1986 law and the failed 2007 bill. It’s not.

It’s like an admirer deflowering your entire garden unbeknownst to you and then showing up at your front door with a bouquet.

Don’t be fooled.

Resist We Much on June 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

House as the last line of defense preventing amnesty passing….thank God Justice Roberts won’t be a factor this time. We have nothing to worry about with Boehner at the helm!

chickasaw42 on June 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

The NRSC called me today for a donation—I told them they can get their money when this turd fails.

Sekhmet on June 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

The Establishment Repubs should insisted on voter registration for all illegals because they, because they are going to have a huge problem in 2014 if this passes.

Kjeil on June 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

House as the last line of defense preventing amnesty passing….thank God Justice Roberts won’t be a factor this time. We have nothing to worry about with Boehner at the helm!

chickasaw42 on June 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

And we’re the last line to stop it in the Senate. I know it may sound like a longshot, but it’s imperative to try to stop it before it goes to the House. Public outrage was the only reason it was stopped in 2007. It sure wasn’t because some RINO or red state Dem had a crisis of conscience and woke up and said, Enough. It feels like the Bataan death march sometimes, but we’d be letting down all veterans who fought so hard for us if we don’t at least try.

TxAnn56 on June 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

It doesnt make any sense….but then again…the GOP has become the party of stupid.

alecj on June 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Its the mental illness of self delusion. Not to wear out a phrase, but politicians represent the socially acceptable face of mental illness.

Mimzey on June 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

. . . making a novel argument for amnesty: We need to put illegals on a path to citizenship because the fines they’ll pay will end up paying for the new border security measures in the Gang’s bill.

This idea of importing a working class of people to support the welfare state for the native population is exactly what Europe did several decades ago when they allowed immigrants (mainly Muslim) to migrate from northern Africa, the middle east and Pakistan in droves as the workers who would support their ever-bloating socialist welfare states. The native population was/is in decline in Europe, but the immigrants are reproducing at 3 times the rate so these countries figured they were guaranteed a permanent underclass of workers. I believe this European idea of using immigrant labor to fund their social programs is where Rubio and Jeb Bush got their brilliant idea of using Hispanics with their high birth rates to fund our growing welfare state for both now and later. What Rubio and Bush fail to acknowledge in their desire to imitate what Europe did is that this permanent underclass that Europe created is in turmoil and are now rising up against the countries who took them in.

KickandSwimMom on June 14, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Of all the problems that face this country now and in the last decade, where on the list is the actual memory of people thinking..”We just have to do something about these poor illegal aliens stuck in “the shadows”?
This is another concocted crisis like global warming or the persecution of gays because they can’t marry, or kids pointing a finger and saying “Bang!”, etc….everyone knows its bullshit, yet they (both political sides) shove it down our throats via lasting legislation and fabricated legal precedent.
If it isn’t turned around in the next election, we’re screwed.

Mimzey on June 14, 2013 at 7:52 PM

You mean California and other broke liberal states needs more revenue.

Texas doesn’t…We’d like Boots on the ground on the border.

workingclass artist on June 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Texas National Guard.

Because you sure as hell won’t get any federal help.

Solaratov on June 14, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Solaratov on June 14, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Or, form a Texas Border Militia.

Totally funded and controlled by Texas.

Solaratov on June 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

‘Chiavato’ Spanish or Italian for ‘rat’ (as in deceiving double crosser) is apparently applicable to Rubio. I pray at the last moment “El Chiavato’ has a change of heart or he is ‘mierda’ to me.

MaiDee on June 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Make Marco Rubio Eat His Own WordsResist We Much

RWM, just have to say I enjoy each and every one of your postings on your site. After each post, there’s really nothing to say but. Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma’am!

AH_C on June 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Rubio is just another in a long line of self-serving political whores. Adios, Ochos Pendejos.

LizardLips on June 15, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Bad news: Gang of Eight mad at Rubio for demanding more any border security

Pole-Cat on June 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM

House as the last line of defense preventing amnesty passing….thank God Justice Roberts won’t be a factor this time. We have nothing to worry about with Boehner at the helm!

chickasaw42 on June 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

You’re kidding, right? There is every chance that Boehner will try to push through something like this. The Republican yellow-streak runs through both the Senate and the House.

virgo on June 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM