Rubio on immigration: I couldn’t in good conscience leave Democrats alone to try to fix it

posted at 2:41 pm on June 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

Fair point. Without him applying the brakes on Chuck Schumer’s runaway amnesty train in the Gang of Eight, there would have been nothing left to stop an even more terrible bill from passing. Except for … the hundreds of Republicans in the House majority.

So here’s where we’re at now.

“I have received numerous emails and calls from conservatives and tea party activists,” he said at the beginning of his remarks.

“It’s been a real trial for me,” he confessed, before explaining: “I simply wasn’t going to leave it to Democrats alone to try to figure out how to fix it.”

“I got involved because I knew that if conservatives didn’t get involved in shaping this legislation, it would not have any border security reforms our nation desperately needs,” he said.

Rubio asked tea part conservatives who are upset to understand that he “honestly believes it is the right thing for our country.”

He also promised to keep fighting for conservatives on other big policy issues, which is definitely something you’re going to want to trust him on after his very conservative contributions to the Gang. Serious question: How would the Senate bill have ended up any different if Rubio had passed on this whole process and left it to the amnesty twins, McCain and Graham, to lead the GOP contingent? One of the most striking aspects of the bill is how broadly similar it is to the vision of “earned citizenship” that McCain sketched out with his pal Teddy Kennedy a few years ago. If Rubio was at the table pounding away for more border security, why did he suddenly decide over the last month, after the bill had been released, that in fact its border enforcement provisions were too soft and therefore we needed the salvation of Corker/Hoeven to perfect it? Without Rubio on board, the Gang bill would have ended up with more security anyway once the House was done with it. In fact, had Rubio played the role Ted Cruz is playing right now in inveighing against the bill, it would have given the House even more political cover to drive a hard bargain on security. As it is, for all the heavy breathing the media’s done about Rubio building a reputation as a man who can get things done legislatively, his chief role to all appearances in the Gang fiasco has been as salesman, not craftsman. He’s the guy who, by dint of the base’s high hopes for him and his own considerable retail skills, was going to soften conservative opposition to reform just enough to make it palatable for the House to pass it. As it is, Rubio’s getting pounded in righty media and the House has declared the bill DOA. If he didn’t add considerably to the substance of the bill and he didn’t manage to sell it to skeptics, what’s left of his big political coup here?

By the way, cloture was formally invoked this morning on the Corker/Hoeven-ized Senate bill, 67/31. Two Republicans, Roger Wicker and new Christie appointee Jeffrey Chiesa, decided to insult the intelligence of their constituents by voting no today after having already voted yes during the more important vote on Monday. Expect a few more phonies who voted for cloture to vote no on final passage of the bill on Friday so that they can tell voters that they, ahem, “opposed” it.


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Revoke Rubio

Anti-Control on June 26, 2013 at 6:36 PM

The VERY best use conservatives can now make out of Rubio is an example of what happens to turn-coats. That is all we can use him for now.

We elected him to carry the conservative message in a way to win over moderates and the low information voters. Instead, he signs on to the biggest dream of liberals since abortion.

He MUST BE DEFEATED! By a Republican in the primary, or a Democrat in the general. It doesn’t really matter. It’s all we have left.

Defeat him. Defeat him. Defeat him.

Ruinous, ruinous Rubio.

Whitewolf7070 on June 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I wonder if Rubio has ever heard of the “Motor Voter” Law…

… It’s very popular here in Alta California.

Seven Percent Solution on June 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

So what motivated him to do this?
All that I can figure is this:

1. He thinks that he will lock in Hispanics across the country, including illegals, as a solid voting block for him in any future presidential election.
2. He thinks that the loathsome low information moderates will adopt him as someone who can “reach across the aisle”.
3. He thinks that he will win the Miss Congeniality award amongst the Dems in Congress and the despicable Media and be beloved and supported by them.
4. He wants donations from the considerable business interests that want a continued flow of cheap labor.
5. His advisers told him that he can have all of the above, and that the conservative base will forget all about this by the next election.
6. He is stupid/delusional enough to actually believe that what he has done is good for the nation.
7. He’s a lying weasel and liberal who only painted himself as a conservative in order to win his last election.

Whatever, he’s toast.

justltl on June 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

True to someone like Senator Kay Hagan, her email contact script isn’t working, it’s broken so she can’t receive any emails…gee, I wonder why?

right2bright on June 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Her D.C.# had a recording, so I got thru at her Charlotte District office- 704-334-2448.

Monday, many D.C.phone #’s were on recording, so I just called their Districts #’s.

bluefox on June 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

If a bill passes, he will, of course, become the BFF of the Dems and Media. And the last F in BFF will be the exact moment when he wins the Republican nomination for President.

justltl on June 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Reconquista Rubio

Resist We Much on June 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Oh, that is cold:-)

bluefox on June 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Personally, I would sooner vote for the worm at the bottom of a bottle of mescale.

justltl on June 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Rattlebrained Reptilian Rubio.

they lie on June 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Whatever, he’s toast.

justltl on June 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

It could be all of the above. I heard several weeks ago, that it was McConnell that talked him into joining Schumer/McCain.

After reading his record when he was Speaker of the FL House, it’s clear he was pro-Amnesty. Whether he will achieve what he and the Senate want or not, remains to be seen.

Listening to Levin and Cruz is on and the vote is tomorrow and Cruz expects it to pass with a significant margin.

bluefox on June 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Or mezcal, if you’re into actual spelling, such as.

justltl on June 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Reprisals For Rubio. That is for certain. Actually, he did us all a favor by showing us early on what a POS he is before he pulled a RINO rabbit out of the Pub. nomination for POTUS hat.

they lie on June 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

If he ain’t done he’s almost there.

CW on June 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

bluefox on June 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Sí, amigo. We’re doomed.

justltl on June 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM

.The Supreme Court death of traditional marriage
.Obama’s legislative end run to implement Global Warming economic insanity
.All the government agencies spying on us (but not our Muslim enemies)
.Rubio joining forces with the enemy to open the floodgates to American cultural ruin
.Downsizing our military and those remaining morphing into effeminate sissies further crippled by rules of engagement.
.Socialized medicine already disemboweling us with regulations and expense and ironically called the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

RUBIO IS A TOTAL FOOL AND A SOCIALIST TOOL. The key to understanding socialism is that everything is the OPPOSITE of what is advertised–Homeland security=total anarchy for any US town at least 100 miles from Mexico.Environmental protection=environmental plus economic) destruction. Affordable care=unaffordable care etc.

Read your 1984 Rubio! The four government ministries

MINISTRY OF TRUTH–complete government censorship, fabrication and continual editing.

MINISTRY OF PLENTY–the collapsing socialist economic structure.

MINISTRY OF PEACE-wages war

MINISTRY OF LOVE–political thought police, torturing and executions.

MaiDee on June 26, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I wonder if Rubio has ever heard of the “Motor Voter” Law…

… It’s very popular here in Alta California.

Seven Percent Solution on June 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

It’s awesome everywhere it’s tried…./s

And yes, that’s “Tricky Dick” Cloward and the ever lovely F.FOX Piven drooling standing directly behind the “Slickmeister”….

MaxSplinters on June 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I think Glenn Beck described him the best.

TxAnn56 on June 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Glenn called Rubio and Flake “sellout pieces of garbage.” Pretty much hits the nail on the head.
And Palin says that Rubio and Ayotte need to be primaried. I never liked or trusted Rubio, Christie or Ryan. My RINO radar was right on all three.

fight like a girl on June 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Hey Jeb’s Waterboy, we Floridians are over your corrupt “Bought and Paid For” azz!

Jayrae on June 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

F_U Rubio…with reps like u, who of us needs enemies? You Bastard!

OldWeaselKeeper on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Glenn called Rubio and Flake “sellout pieces of garbage.” Pretty much hits the nail on the head.
And Palin says that Rubio and Ayotte need to be primaried. I never liked or trusted Rubio, Christie or Ryan. My RINO radar was right on all three.

fight like a girl on June 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Good on you and it’s what folks like us need to make known too incumbents’ everywhere!
+++

OldWeaselKeeper on June 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I honestly have a question…why, and I really mean and wonder, why do these. our elected reps act like such dupes? I think it absolutely must be because WE are the dupes? I hope everyone that supports this current travesty burns a lifetime in HEll! Oh, and F_U Rubio…u SOB!

OldWeaselKeeper on June 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

7. He’s a lying weasel
justltl on June 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Say’s it all bro!

OldWeaselKeeper on June 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Rubio can eat sh!te

He’s betrayed every single conservative in the country.

Conservchik on June 26, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I have a deal for you Senator, and for your buddy Flake (who is unfortunately my Senator). Time to put your money where your mouth is.

SInce you’re both so adamant that the fence will be built and the 20,000 new border patrol agents will be hired, how about if both of those things aren’t completed by the time your next election comes up, you’ll agree not to run for re-election and will support a ‘real’ conservative.

If you won’t agree to that then it has to be because you know that you’re lying through your teeth, or you’re so stupid that you were duped by your Democrat buddies into believing that they want to secure the border.
Either way, you don’t deserve the seat you now hold.

AZ_Mike on June 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Adios Amigo!

ConcealedKerry on June 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Some of the highlights of the SENATE AMNESTY BILL.

One portion of the Senate bill would loosen the rules for seeking asylum. Sec. 3401 removes the one-year deadline for applying for asylum; Sec. 3504 adds another layer of appeals for aliens turned down; and Sec. 3502 allows the U.S. attorney general to provide government-funded legal counsel to aliens, something current law bars.

Sec. 2106 of the immigration bill outsources the job of guiding aliens through amnesty from the Department of Homeland Security to community organizations. These organizations will get federal grants to screen aliens for eligibility, assist them in documenting their residence, tax status, employment, and tax history, coordinate applications for family members, and apply for waivers where needed.

Sec. 2531 of the immigration bill sets up a nonprofit United States Citizenship Foundation to “engage in coordinated work” with the federal government. It will be run by 10 directors drawn from national community organizations, and will develop “citizenship preparation” programs to teach newcomers about American history and civics. That job is currently done by the federal Office of Immigration, which produces high-quality nonpartisan materials and is subject to public scrutiny. Outsourcing these functions would permit community activists to rewrite America’s past and principles with a partisan slant.

In a television ad, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) says that immigrants with provisional status will “have to be able to support themselves so they will never become a public charge.” But the bill waives that requirement for anyone who is attending high school, getting a high school equivalency degree, attending college, in job training, taking care of a child, over 60, or unemployed through no fault of their own. That covers everyone. To stay in the U.S. and qualify for a green card, you need to be working except if you’re not. See Sec. 245C(b).

Sec. 2524 establishes the Task Force on New Americans, which would be comprised of top executive branch personnel and charged with ensuring that federal programs “adequately address” the healthcare, education, and job-training needs of new immigrants and developing legislative proposals. Will the president push for additional legislation to increase benefits for immigrants?

Many of the bill’s provisions are labeled “emergency legislation,” to weasel out of Congress’s statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, which says that if Congress creates mandatory spending in one area, it has to reduce spending somewhere else or raise taxes. Labeling immigration reform an “emergency” is cooking the books.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/19/senate-immigration-bill-full-of-bad-so-far-ignored-provisions/#ixzz2XNgOeN4O.

And the republican leadership filth in the Senate could have stopped this pile of shinola a long time ago but McConnell and Cornyn have their aides working for the AMNESTY GROUPS that are spending $$$$ to promote this bill.

PappyD61 on June 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM

But remember when Progressives piss off the country and damage the brand of one of their salesmen they just promote another liar to take their place……and the march towards bigger and bigger government continues.

So what if Rubio or Ryan gets politically destroyed or even Obama. There is always Hillary or Biden or Jeb or Jindal or Kasich…..

The problem is Progressivism. Not the individual politicians.

PappyD61 on June 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

And Palin says that Rubio and Ayotte need to be primaried. I never liked or trusted Rubio, Christie or Ryan. My RINO radar was right on all three.

fight like a girl on June 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Real genius from Palin. Ayotte and Rubio don’t run for over three years. Flake just got elected … he’s in office until January 2019. Barring recall, we’re stuck with these pieces of shiite for years.

Guessing that’s why the leadership picked them to vote for amnesty … they think you are too stupid to remember anything that long. More than a little cynical.

Jaibones on June 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM

The Republican Party leadership not even up to slime quality any longer.

Down to “worm stool gruel”.

aka, “sh*t eating worms”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Rubio, just had to be a sell out, just ask him.

It was his destiny.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Down goes Rubio,down goes Rubio!

celtic warrior on June 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Rubio’s toast in 2016 — if he’d sell the conservatives out now, what would he betray us on as Prez? He’s not a conservative — he’s a self-serving slimeball.

My hope lies in Cruz now.

As for the republican party, may it implode. It is indeed the stupid party –not the rank and file, but it’s establishment politicians.

Conservchik on June 27, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Oh how I hope Marco Rubio’s next Town Hall Meeting in Florida is captured on video.

There is going to be a huge surge in national popcorn sales for that event.

wren on June 27, 2013 at 1:38 AM

PALIN GENIUS JAIBONES IDIOT.

Palin was asked if the two junior senators should be primaried for being traitors.

Palin just made a positive response to such idea. OTOH, FINDING A GOOD CHALLENGER TO RUBIO AND AYOTTE SOONEST IS ACTUALLY AN EXCELLENT IDEA TO ENSURE THEIR REPLACEMENT.

TheAlamos on June 27, 2013 at 3:00 AM

The VERY best use conservatives can now make out of Rubio is an example of what happens to turn-coats. That is all we can use him for now.

We elected him to carry the conservative message in a way to win over moderates and the low information voters. Instead, he signs on to the biggest dream of liberals since abortion.

He MUST BE DEFEATED! By a Republican in the primary, or a Democrat in the general. It doesn’t really matter. It’s all we have left.

Defeat him. Defeat him. Defeat him.

Ruinous, ruinous Rubio.

Whitewolf7070 on June 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Amen, Amen and Amen.

Theophile on June 27, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Marco taking the corn out of a crap sandwich doesn’t change the fact that you still have a crap sandwich.

jpmn on June 27, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Marko, the FIX is not to give amnesty you idiot!

texasgoat on June 27, 2013 at 7:48 AM

This Floridian would vote for the devil before I voted for Jeb’s corrupt “Bought and Paid For” Waterboy!

Marco you are corrupt and you will be made an example of. Nothing could motivate the conservative base more that to boot you corrupt butt out of office. No amount of corrupt Mama Bush rolodex money can save your sorry azz.

It’s not just shamnesty. No conservative would ever vote for corrupt Jack Lew who stole all of our money during the mortgaged backed security debacle. No conservative would ever vote for traitor John Kerry. No conservative would advocate arming the Syrian rebels.

The TEA party didn’t elect you to vote the way the Bush Crime Family tells you to.

Go ahead and run for POTUS. Should the Bush Crime Family buy you the nomination like they bought it for Etch-a-Sketch you won’t even win your state. Want proof? You campaigned for Romney/Ryan and Connie Mack in 2012 and we paid no attention to you. We stayed the hell home. Who needs Democrat lite when you can have the whole jackass.

You are T.O.A.S.T. Burnt, corrupt, Bush Mafia TOAST!

Jayrae on June 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Yeah, you could, it’s called “Walking away from a bad idea!” Most of do that everyday to keep from getting hurt, thrown in jail, losing money…maybe something you should learn how to do to Mr. Rubio.

rgranger on June 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM

It’s the same old McLame and TK bill that was dusted off and updated to include some Ocare provisions. Looks like Clark Kent tripped on his cape.

Kissmygrits on June 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Upon thinking,, give Rubio his due, not a half assed sell out, he does the full rageing deal.

Score him an A-hole plus.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Rubio has consistently insisted that he wanted a good debate on this bill — so why did he vote for cloture on a 1200 page bill released 2 and a half days before the vote, ending debate before anyone could read the bill? He is flat out disingenuous on this issue and he cannot defend it.

Mr A on June 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Rubio has all the characteristics of someone who has been convinced by DC elitists like Schumer and McCain that he can say anything because the public is stupid. They have manipulated Rubio like he is a child. Who’s the stupid one, Marco?

He has become the worst kind of politician….the arrogant, lying, elistist, fool, who is trying to harm the country in the name of his own power.

I hope he is primaried right out of office.

I cant handle an honest disagreement, but Rubio is being wholly dishonest.

I need to walk away now before i say something i might regret….

alecj on June 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

“I got involved because I knew that if conservatives didn’t get involved in shaping this legislation, it would not have any border security reforms our nation desperately needs,” he said.

Hey, buttwipe, I hate to tell you, it doesn’t have any now! Please, somebody tell me how somebody smart enough to get elected to the Senate can be soooooooooooo dumb. Sorry, rhetorical question.

yesiamapirate on June 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

“I simply wasn’t going to leave it to Democrats alone to try to figure out how to fix it.”

So now he’s calling Graham and McCain, Democrats?

Dusty on June 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Welllllllll. When you think of it, maybe they are. You know the old ‘walks like a duck’ thing.

yesiamapirate on June 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

CHUCKY’S CLOWN

Remember the Everly’s Brother’ ‘Cathy’s Clown?

Rubio has his nose so close to Chuck Schumer’s posterior that a sudden stop turns it deep brown.

“Here he comes, that’s Chucky’s clown
That Chucky.s clown, that’s Chucky’s clown”

MaiDee on June 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

“in good conscience”? Rubio, help us understand what you mean by this phrase.

virgo on June 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Hero

TOOL

stenwin77 on June 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

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