I know… let’s forget about Obamacare and start a big immigration reform fight!

posted at 12:31 pm on February 2, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Allahpundit brought up the waffling issue, demonstrating that this isn’t anywhere near a done deal yet, but the continuing trend seems to be Republicans marching out on camera to talk about working on a “comprehensive” immigration reform plan. This is more than a little disappointing on a couple of levels. There have already been some sacrifices made to keep the train on the tracks which have gotten the blood of many conservatives boiling. Avoiding a bloodbath on the debt ceiling and the budget deal was a big give, but it kept the focus on Obamacare (an issue where Republicans are finally winning and looking to knock several Senate seats back into the red column.) In terms of media wars, if we can get the Christie bridge story off the front page one way or the other, things should settle back into the long predicted train wreck taking place before everyone’s eyes. And yet… well, I’ll let Andrew McCarthy explain.

Now, with the Obamacare debacle getting worse by the day and teeing up as the defining issue of the 2014 midterm elections, Republican leadership has decided this is the perfect time to roll out an immigration-reform proposal (i) that has nothing to do with Obamacare and is certain to detract attention from its failure; (ii) that fraudulently proclaims “enforcement first” while actually prioritizing legal status for law-breakers, thereby encouraging more law-breaking and ensuring that enforcement never happens; (iii) that depends for enforcement on a president who has demonstrated that he will not enforce the immigration laws; and (iv) that will be deeply offensive to the GOP’s already disgruntled conservative base, ensuring that droves of them will sit out the 2014 midterms.

McCarthy describes this as sheer genius with tongue planted firmly in cheek. I really don’t understand what Boehner is even debating. (Unless, of course, he actually has no intention of moving on any immigration bills and is just paying lip service to keep the media interested.) There’s not going to be comprehensive immigration Big Bill on the floor without his approval, so the solution in this case should be to simply do nothing. And isn’t that supposed to be the one thing Congress is good at anyway? For face saving purposes, a series of small bills which toughen border security (though that still looks like a finger in the leaking dike scenario), give employers the tools to verify the immigration status of applicants and significantly toughen penalties for those who hire illegals could pass the House. Then, when Harry Reid or Barack Obama try the you won’t work on immigration reform line, you just remind them that you’ve already sent three bills over awaiting their signature, followed by, so… how’s that Obamacare thing working out?

Will they have the discipline to stay on course or are we going to round up the circular firing squad again? Place your bets.


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John Boehner can go EABOD! I have no use for him anymore.

ManWithNoName on February 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

How much money does the “Tea Party class” give to the RNC and RNCC compared to the “GOPe donor class”?

kcewa on February 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Are you seriously arguing that the GOP should not care about winning back conservative donations because they don’t matter? Or are you actually arguing that small government conservatives have never donated to the GOP because extremism or whatever?

Because either of these assertions is frankly insane.

Doomberg on February 2, 2014 at 4:20 PM

This is a big wet kiss from GOP leadership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the businesses that support their representative’s campaigns. They think this is what they need to do, ignore the voters and go after the money. Anyone having a republican representative in their district that supports this bill, or a senator in their district that supports this bill and votes for them is nuts.

paulsur on February 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

bobby jindal tweets:

But the key in all this is very simple, which is why it is so galling to the American people that DC can’t figure it out

We put a man on the moon, we saved the world from tyranny, we are Americans, we can secure our borders, but all we get from DC is talk

the RINO party is bought…they follow the money. You can not change a man’s mind if he’s paid to think that way.

the RINOs are hoping to remain a viable party…a center left party…and defeating the hard left party. That is their vision. All this demographic destiny is just that…the March of History is toward the LEFT…they want to be on the correct side of HISTORY.

r keller on February 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Possible explanation #13,243 for the seemingly unexplainable, suicidal-insanity of the GOP’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) strategy:

— The GOP leadership is not actually planning suicide by CIR. Instead, they using the issue to maintain a political stasis to shrink the campaign window for 2014 in their favor…

With under 9 months to go to the election, the Democrats are actually ‘helping’ the GOP cram CIR down conservative’s throats.

What the Democrats are not doing is campaigning against the GOP on “immigration” or anything else in earnest.

That is the stasis. The Dems are not pounding on the GOP and the GOP has not (yet) wasted the once in a century advantage provided by Obamacare by passing CIR…

The longer the GOP can maintain this stasis, the smaller the window of time the Democrats have to campaign against them on immigration or anything else.

Then, when the next Obamacare mandated-jackboot falls, the GOP drops CIR (‘Obama will never enforce border security’ or whatever…) and hit the Obamacare issue(s) hard, leaving Democrats as little time left as possible to defend or counter-punch effectively.

Assuming someone in the GOP (Cruz or Lee IMO) could then mount a rousing all hands on deck unifying call to action, many if not most conservatives, being the loyal dogs we are, would come back home politically – likely assuring the GOP wins the Senate, perhaps handily.

Yes – the biggest problem with this scenario is it assumes the GOP leadership is not as stupid as they appear to be.

DrDeano on February 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yes – the biggest problem with this scenario is it assumes the GOP leadership is not as stupid as they appear to be.

They are not stupid, they are bought and paid for by corporations that donate to their campaigns and want a continuing source of cheap labor.

paulsur on February 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I’ve always wondered in these polls when asked “how do you rate the GOP?” if they’re taking into account that the tea-party/libertarians have moved to the independent column and now tilt the field?

Its also very possible that polls are meaningless these days – people can be registered independent but skew way left & still say they are anti-republican.

athenadelphi on February 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Shouldn’t this be with the double facepalm photo?

talkingpoints on February 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

So his current track makes sense to him, but not to me, the base, you, or anyone living outside the Beltway with more than two brain cells.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Sory, this just made more sense to me.

rottenrobbie on February 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Idiots

TX-96 on February 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM

think you all are making the assumption that what’s good for business is automatically good for America? But at the same time you don’t want businesses to hire whoever they want to work for them?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM

no I am saying what is good for the USa is good for business. watch what happens to those businesses in comunist china when economic times gets tough, or in mexico when the drug lords decide to go legite. If you destory America business will be destroyed since no other country offers capitalistic security like the USA. And that requires that the USa treats its CITEZENS with respect and gives them upward mobility.

unseen on February 2, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Yes – the biggest problem with this scenario is it assumes the GOP leadership is not as stupid as they appear to be.

DrDeano on February 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

After posting a bit of a similar thought, I was told it was merely wishful thinking on my part.
It seems suggesting the GOP might actually have a half-way decent strategy – underneath the surface – might be giving them just too much credit.
The optimists among us are outnumbered.

lynncgb on February 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Spectacular stupidity.
Gelatinous spines.
Elastic principles.

The Republican Party, ladies and gentlemen: The Democratic Party’s idiot sibling.

orangemtl on February 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

This is the GOPe equivalent of “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

They see Obamacare wrecking the chances of Democrats across the country, and figure they’re guaranteed to gain seats. So naturally, they think there will never be a better chance to sneak in something the base doesn’t want, because those conservatives won’t have a choice but to accept immigration in order to kill Obamacare.

They’re wrong, of course. The Washington version of “immigration reform” — AKA amnesty — just may be the one thing the conservative base would fight harder than they would Obamacare.

Pushing through immigration reform now just might mean the birth of a third party, and the eventual death of the Republican party.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Sory, this just made more sense to me.

rottenrobbie on February 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

No worries, I can go with that one too.

So naturally, they think there will never be a better chance to sneak in something the base doesn’t want, because those conservatives won’t have a choice but to accept immigration in order to kill Obamacare.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Actually, I would reverse that. They are head-faking on immigration reform, knowing it will never come to fruition this year, in order to “balance out” the fact the O-care is not getting repealed and they will move to “fix” it as part of the campaign. The immigration thing will be dropped or killed just before the election as a fop to we conservatives: “See, we stopped that thing that we were not really doing anyway”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 3, 2014 at 1:27 AM

It’s simple. The Republican establishment doesn’t object to big government spending and favors mass non-white immigration. Electoral tactics were just an excuse not to fight over spending and indebtedness.

This is the same as Republican establishment “tactics” on conservative nominees and “party loyalty”. When a non-conservative establishment candidate is nominated, they call for “party loyalty” because winning is everything. When a conservative anti-establishment candidate wins, “party loyalty” is nothing, and they try to make the Republican lose.

“Tactics” is just an excuse.

David Blue on February 3, 2014 at 2:22 AM

After posting a bit of a similar thought, I was told it was merely wishful thinking on my part.
It seems suggesting the GOP might actually have a half-way decent strategy – underneath the surface – might be giving them just too much credit.

The optimists among us are outnumbered.

lynncgb on February 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

“The optimists among us are outnumbered.”…. Yes – and perhaps by one more than you thought.

Apologies, I should have been clear as to my motive in writing that comment. I’m not really that optimistic. I want to be – but I’m not.

I needed to rationalize *some* scenario that made sense out of what otherwise appears to be terminal GOP leadership insanity.

Because everything else that I’ve read or can think of, leads to Democrat hegemony, lower wages, less opportunity, declining standard of living, i.e. to a ‘fundamentally transformed America’…

An America dominated by a small, ultra powerful, ultra wealthy ruling class of DemoGOP leaders (just enough GOPs to provide plausible deniability supporting the propaganda that there are still two parties, that elections reflect the will of the people, and that we are free and have great futures because we are a free people…)

I truly *want* to find out that Boehner, et al, have some as yet secret plan that is good for America and good for all freedom and liberty loving Americans.

I just can’t find any rational justification for such a belief.

DrDeano on February 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

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