Mitch McConnell: Let’s face it, immigration reform looks “irresolvable” this year

posted at 6:01 pm on February 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

Significant? Matt Lewis says yes. I’m not so sure.

Sen. Mitch McConnell today referred to immigration as an “irresolvable conflict.”

“I don’t see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such different places,” he said during his weekly press conference. He was referring to the fact that the Senate passed comprehensive reform, while the House is pursuing piecemeal legislation…

It’s fair to note that McConnell and Cornyn are both on the ballot in November, which might impact their decisions. But it’s also likely they have more at stake, in terms of the possibility of retaking the U.S. Senate (as opposed to Speaker John Boehner, who figures to easily maintain a Republican majority over in the House), and that might have something to do with their less-than-optimistic approach to immigration reform in 2014.

Reading between the lines here, it sounds like Republican leadership in the Seante has zero interest in tackling immigration — until at least after the midterm elections.

The bit about the two bodies being in different places is, I think, a sly way of hinting to amnesty fans that a bill would be more likely to pass next year if the same party held both chambers. Which is true but silly as a campaign pitch: If you’re that rare midterm voter for whom immigration reform is paramount, you’re going to try to hand control of the House to the Democrats, not the Senate to Republicans, no matter how futile at this point that effort might be. After all, there’s a fair chance (as Lewis himself argued recently) that a GOP-controlled Senate would come under so much pressure from conservatives to kill reform that nothing would pass before 2016, to the great agony of Republican strategists and business interests. The question is, what does McConnell do if Boehner surprises everyone and produces a House bill that lands on Reid’s desk? McConnell would surely vote no if it happens before the Kentucky primary to protect his right flank. He’d probably vote no even if it happened after the primary, for fear that disgruntled Matt Bevin fans would punish him by staying home or voting Democratic in November. Would he do anything across the wider caucus to try to stop the bill, though, like whipping against it? There are some Republicans, most famously McCain and Graham, who would vote for reform no matter how much pressure McConnell applied. McCain and Graham aren’t enough for Reid to get to 60, though; knowing that some red-state Democrats would vote no to protect themselves from conservatives back home and some true-blue liberals like Bernie Sanders would vote no because the House bill’s not enough of a sellout on amnesty, Reid could need 10 GOPers or more to get to 60. He got 14 for the Gang of Eight bill, but that was in a more hospitable political climate. If McConnell whips against it, he really might be able to stop it. Would he?

Elsewhere on the Hill, amnesty activists are demanding that Obama halt deportations, which is either a pressure tactic against Republicans (“pass a bill and we’ll let them resume without objection”); tough talk designed to obscure the fact that they’re willing to compromise on the GOP’s dopey legalization-without-citizenship idea; or a really dumb miscalculation that, as Richard Trumka argued, some sort of big executive move on deportations would actually improve Obama’s bargaining position with Congress in getting them to pass something. It wouldn’t, of course. What it would do is convince Republicans that O really, truly can’t be trusted to enforce the law as written and the whole process would come crashing down. There are plenty of House GOPers, I’d bet, who’d secretly love for Obama to do that, as it would get them out of a jam in having to make a choice on this issue. They could simply blame O for exploding the deal with yet another executive power grab and walk away. Maybe next year, if the political stars align, they could huddle and pass something so that they’ve got something to show Latino voters in 2016. Obama’s going to get most of the credit from that demographic no matter what happens. Why let him take all of it, they figure?


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Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

an “irresolvable conflict.”

Because it’s an election year. It’ll be “resolved” next year.

ddrintn on February 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Amnesty makes zero sense… unless you are a greedy business man or a democrat.

aniptofar on February 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Are there immigration laws on the books already?

Yes?

ENFORCE THEM! Hold those responsible for enforcing those laws ACCOUNTABLE.

Murphy9 on February 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Good.

rbj on February 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Maybe next year, if the political stars align, they could huddle and pass something so that they’ve got something to show Latino voters in 2016. Obama’s going to get most of the credit from that demographic no matter what happens. Why let him take all of it, they figure?

Which is why it’s a fools errand to think that “immigration reform” as the GOP imagines it will ever be to their benefit.

Bitter Clinger on February 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

They ought to call this amnesty for those who are charged with enforcing our laws.

oldroy on February 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Let’s face it, immigration reform looks “irresolvable” this year

For God’s sake, can we stop calling amnesty for illegal aliens, criminals with no legal standing in this nation, immigration reform? Amnesty is not immigration reform. Amnesty is rewarding criminals for being criminals while thousands are patiently waiting to come here the legal way.

Illegal aliens are criminals who should not expect any sort of reward for their crimes. Deport them all.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Dear RINO’s and other assorted evil of the Democrat Party type,

Freedom is not for sale.

First you must find me Mitch, but I am in your camp now, I move about freely, you like my vote, you like my taxes, you like my productivity, you sure did like my work in Laos and Cambodi.

You can not scout for me, you can not ambush me, you can not track me, but I know you, I have ambushed you, I have turned your House base members, I have sent a slow burning thing into you Senate.

You will lie about me, you will try to stop me, it will not work.

Apachewhoknows

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Are there immigration laws on the books already?

Yes?

ENFORCE THEM! Hold those responsible for enforcing those laws ACCOUNTABLE.

Murphy9 on February 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

You crack yourself up.

Rio Linda Refugee on February 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

They are here illegally. They have no accountability. Pay no taxes. Reap all the benefits of the taxes I pay. This low life s.o.b. agrees with the Stalinists that I’m to be a second class citizen in my own country, subject to all taxes and laws, while they suck up to this new first class illegal citizenry.
Sedition. Treason. Its time you went to prison Mitch McConnell you heinous p.o.s.

onomo on February 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Because it’s an election year. It’ll be “resolved” next year.

ddrintn on February 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I think if the GOP is going to ram amnesty through, it has to be done this year. Letting it go means they roll the dice and hope the Tea Party doesn’t produce more Ted Cruzes who will gum up the works next year. If enough Tea Party Republicans win (forget the Senate for the moment, what if we send 20-30 more Tea Partiers to the House?) amnesty becomes that much harder to pass.

It also becomes much harder for the Republicans to blame Reid or Obama when inevitably something goes wrong.

Doomberg on February 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

ENFORCE THEM! Hold those responsible for enforcing those laws ACCOUNTABLE.

Murphy9 on February 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I am aware that many illegals here work their asses off doing hard manual labor. I can’t tell you the last time the workers who showed up to move my furniture or do the remodeling work have been native English speakers.

Nevertheless, the dialogue for “immigration reform” seems focused on a path to amnesty instead of common sense options like- we’ll forget how you got here if you sign up for a guest worker program that doesn’t lead to citizenship.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

The height of irrationality:

We need to pass new laws because we refuse to enforce existing laws …

ShainS on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Mucking forons

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM

We need to pass new laws because we refuse to enforce existing laws …

ShainS on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

They are more like “optional guidelines”.

oldroy on February 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

We need to pass new laws because we refuse to enforce existing laws …

ShainS on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Yes! The rat bastard traitor and former VP candidate Paul Ryan expressed assurances that any sort of amnesty would start with securing the borders. Shouldn’t that be a goal even if we don’t reward the illegals? And I think we have plenty of laws on the books to do so without having to wait for new legislation.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

If we get the senate how much you want to bet they skip trying to repeal Healthcare and go straight to Immagration?

warren on February 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

This whole thing has been Kabuki Theater for the last two years. Lots of noise, but nothing is ever going to get done. Red meat to stir up the base(s).

Johnnyreb on February 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I am aware that many illegals here work their asses off doing hard manual labor. I can’t tell you the last time the workers who showed up to move my furniture or do the remodeling work have been native English speakers.

Nevertheless, the dialogue for “immigration reform” seems focused on a path to amnesty instead of common sense options like- we’ll forget how you got here if you sign up for a guest worker program that doesn’t lead to citizenship.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t give a damn how hard they work, they still knowingly broke the law to get here. And there are still Americans who would do that work if only we cracked down on employers willing to enable these lawbreakers just to save their labor costs.

Bitter Clinger on February 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I’d love to walk up behind Mitch and scare him, just to see if he pulls his head inside his jacket.

CurtZHP on February 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

1986 – “There will be no more amnesty. We will secure our borders.”

2014 – “Trust us, we know what we’re doing!”

Yeah, sure you do.

GarandFan on February 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Mitch,

Obama is a much better liar than you.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t give a damn how hard they work, they still knowingly broke the law to get here. And there are still Americans who would do that work if only we cracked down on employers willing to enable these lawbreakers just to save their labor costs.

Bitter Clinger on February 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I don’t disagree. But with the US Chamber of Commerce fully invested in amnesty, how likely to you suppose it is that Congress is going to crack down on employers (the key to stopping illegals IMO)?

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Let’s face it, immigration reform looks “irresolvable” this year

Coming from politicians who want to screw over veterans to pay for Obamacare for Illegal Immigrants, sounds like good news.

Rode Werk on February 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, and Ryan just refuse to let it go.

mobydutch on February 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I liked Horowitz’s analysis better

http://www.redstate.com/2014/02/04/mcconnell-auditions-for-job-as-cable-news-commentator/

Wigglesworth on February 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Car-pooling save gascost jobs:

Each vehicle in the Zipcar Inc. or car2go car-sharing fleet means 32 lost vehicle sales, according to a report from consulting firm AlixPartners.

The report, based on a survey of 2,000 adult car-sharing customers, also said Americans would have bought 500,000 new or used vehicles since 2006 if not for access to car-sharing services, a total that could grow to 1.2 million by 2020.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20140204/RETAIL/140209943/report-every-shared-car-means-32-lost-sales?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

If the House passed an immigration bill or series of bills with real triggers on border security and enforcement they could be removed in conference with the Senate bill.

Wigglesworth on February 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

how likely to you suppose it is that Congress is going to crack down on employers (the key to stopping illegals IMO)?

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Crackign down on employers is not the key to stopping illegals. Employers are not responsible for enforcing federal laws. Employers should be able to trust that people in the nation are here legally and, also, that any illegals will quickly be deported and cannot be counted on for any regular work, anyway.

It is the federal government’s job to deport illegals. They aren’t hard to find. They have kids registered in public schools. They block up the emergency rooms. They get stopped on the roads all the time. They are pretty easily identifiable and interact with all sorts of government agencies or private concerns that get government support for the costs they incur (such as hospitals and the like). All that is needed is that illegals are deported as they are found and that every time they come into even glancing contact with some government agency or hospital or school they are deported. When we have states that are actually issuing drivers licenses to illegals it cannot be argued that they are in the shadows or hiding or tough to find.

I don’t like the idea that, somehow, it has become the responsibility of private businesses to police the interior for illegals. That is not their job. Heck, the feral government even went after Arizona for trying to do its job to help the feral government identify and deport (not Arizona, of course, but the feral government to deport) illegals.

And this should all be started with Barky’s toxic kinfold being put on a rowboat and dumped at sea. Auntie Zetuni was in public housing for years – after a deportation order – and Uncle Omar was busy drinking and driving all over the place. It is the government’s job to rid the nation of these vermin, not employers, and if those in government refuse to do their jobs then they need to have the full force of law brought against them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Changing that slightly:

Immigration reform illegal alien invader amnesty

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Colbyjack on February 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, and Ryan just refuse to let it go.

mobydutch on February 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

And even if they did let it go, we all know that they are just waiting for another time to push it, again. They are scum of the Earth. Traitors. Douchebags.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Republicans to rescue Democrats by passing their agenda for them and betraying the nation in the process.

Republicans to rescue Dems, betray the nation
Thomas Sowell likens illegal aliens to embezzlers or burglars ‘living in the shadows’

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, Calif. He is the author of 28 books, including “Dismantling America” and “Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy.”

Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically, as the problems of Obamacare continue to escalate and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate.

But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats, by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory.

The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican base and is unlikely to gain many votes among the Hispanics the Republican leadership is courting.

One of the enduring political mysteries is how the Republicans can be so successful in winning governorships and control of state legislatures, while failing to make much headway in Washington. Maybe there are just too many clever GOP consultants inside the Beltway.

When it comes to national elections, just what principles do the Republicans stand for? It is hard to think of any, other than their hoping to win elections by converting themselves into Democrats lite. But voters who want what the Democrats offer can vote for the real thing, rather than Johnny-come-lately imitations.

Listening to discussions of immigration laws and proposals to reform them is like listening to something out of “Alice in Wonderland.”

Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them. One of the big problems that those who are pushing “comprehensive immigration reform” want solved is how to help people who came here illegally and are now “living in the shadows” as a result.

Is liberty on life support for good? There is hope … read Manny Edwards’ book “The Truth About Liberty: How the Tea Party Can Save America”

What about embezzlers or burglars who are “living in the shadows” in fear that someone will discover their crimes? Why not “reform” the laws against embezzlement or burglary, so that such people can also come out of the shadows?

Almost everyone seems to think that we need to solve the problem of the children of illegal immigrants, because these children are here “through no fault of their own.” Do people who say that have any idea how many millions of children are living in dire poverty in India, Africa or other places “through no fault of their own,” and would be better off living in the United States?

Do all children have some inherent right to live in America if they have done nothing wrong? If not, then why should the children of illegal immigrants have such a right?

More fundamentally, why do the American people not have a right to the protection that immigration laws provide people in other countries around the world – including Mexico, where illegal immigrants from other countries get no such special treatment as Mexico and its American supporters are demanding for illegal immigrants in the United States?

The very phrase “comprehensive” immigration reform is part of the bad faith that has surrounded immigration issues for decades. What “comprehensive” reform means is that border control and amnesty should be voted on together in Congress.

Why? Because that would be politically convenient for members of Congress, who like to be on both sides of issues, so as to minimize the backlash from the voting public. But what “comprehensive” immigration reform has always meant in practice is amnesty up front and a promise to control the border later – promises that have never been kept.

The new Republican proposal is to have some border-control criteria whose fulfillment will automatically serve as a “trigger” to let the legalizing of illegal immigrants proceed. But why set up some automatic triggering device to signal that the borders are secure, when the Obama administration is virtually guaranteed to game the system, so that amnesty can proceed?

What in the world is wrong with Congress taking up border security first, as a separate issue, and later taking responsibility in a congressional vote on whether the border has become secure? Congress at least should come out of the shadows.

The Republican plan for granting legalization up front, while withholding citizenship, is too clever by half. It is like saying that you can slide halfway down a slippery slope.

Republicans may yet rescue the Democrats, while demoralizing their own supporters and utterly failing the country.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Maybe next year, if the political stars align, they could huddle and pass something so that they’ve got something to show Latino voters in 2016.

I don’t get this. If a Latino came through the proper channels and jumped through the hoops and can vote is he that interested in diluting his vote? Either is on the dime and that will get spread out or he’s resentful of the process being short circuited after he withstood it.

This is purely to build the dem base that will naturally occur once they become citizens since they already vote at 65% for dems.

Another thing. Where can we get the list of who is a member of the CofC? I will boycott every business I can over this.

DanMan on February 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Matt Bevin is running against Mitch McConnell in the Republican Primary for Kentucky’s Senate seat.

You can learn more about Matt Bevin at his campaign website:

http://mattbevin.com/

Clean the House and the Senate in 2014!

wren on February 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

A Beat Up, Exhausted, and Terrified Republican Establishment~ Victor Davis Hanson

Illegal Immigration

We know the entry of 11 million illegal aliens depresses the wages of the poor and entry-level working class. Illegal immigration overwhelms state services, and that too hurts citizens most in need of help. The lower-middle classes do not have low-paid nannies, gardeners, and house-keepers. We know the illegal influx pleases La Raza activists, most of them second- and third-generation elites in government, politics, journalism and education, who without illegal immigration would not have much of a moral or legal justification for the continuance of affirmative action and identity politics, given that statistically Latinos would soon follow the pattern of other assimilated groups. (For example, is there affirmative action for Armenian immigrants? An Italian Razza movement? Punjabi Studies?)

We also know that cheap labor in the shadows benefits corporate business, eager for low-wage laborers. So how hard is it for a Republican simply to say, “I oppose illegal immigration because (1) it is illegal. It undermines the sanctity of the law and discriminates against the law-abiding waiting in line to enter the U.S. legally. (2) It benefits corporate grandees at the expense of working people. (3) It is driven by self-serving elites of the ethnic-grievance industry to enhance their own advantage, rather than to help poor folks struggling to find decent wages and schools. Illegal immigration, in short, is the most illiberal issue of our time.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Drop your facebook accounts.

Zitface is one of the evil leaders who wants cheap labor.

All the high tech companies lust for H1B visas to lower wages.

The U.S. Chaber is just the conduit.

Back flush them.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I never opened a FB account. I didn’t like the looks of him then, and I like him even less now that we know him so very well. I also never liked the entire premise behind FB. It’s a gateway for intrusion into one’s privacy.

I don’t use any social media, and this is the only site on which I post in the comment section.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I wouldn’t assume McConnell is going to be in the Senate next year. Matt Bevin is gaining momentum.

The latest Rasmussen Report poll (that shows a 42-42 tie between McConnell and Grimes) also shows conservative alternative Matt Bevin up 6 on the Democrat. This is a marked improvement from a December poll by PPP that had both Republicans up on Grimes by 1.


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cat_owner on February 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Sorry don’t know why the link to that article didn’t post.

http://usconservatives.about.com/b/2014/02/03/matt-bevin-leads-grimes-by-6-in-ky-mcconnell-tied.htm

cat_owner on February 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Another thing. Where can we get the list of who is a member of the CofC? I will boycott every business I can over this.

DanMan on February 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Google “Chamber of Commerce” + the name of your city or state to find the website of the Chanber of Commerce for your local area.

Then find a link for “Membership Directory” on the Chamber website to find the member businesses in your area.

For example, here is a link to the membership directory for the Chamber of Commerce of Georgia:
https://member.gachamber.com/Core/Directories/Member_Search.aspx

Be sure to tell the businesses why you are boycotting them!

We should all be doing this!

wren on February 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

…more people who work for Mitch McChickenNeck leave his office…to become LOBBYISTS…than any other politician in history…………it must not be lucrative enough yet…he hasn’t set it up well enough yet!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I wouldn’t assume McConnell is going to be in the Senate next year. Matt Bevin is gaining momentum.

cat_owner on February 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

We can all help Matt Bevin to continue to gain momentum by posting links to Matt Bevin’s campaign website whenever we see Mitch McConnell’s name on the web.

http://mattbevin.com/

Name recognition is the biggest challenge new candidates have when they are running against a well-known incumbent. So if we all work hard to increase Matt Bevin’s name recognition, we can make a big difference in this race.

wren on February 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

We have a better count of the bottles of Mexican beer that come across the Mexican border than we do of the people who come across the Mexican border.

But that’s because there is money involved in the beer bottles in the form of taxes.

Wander on February 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Ever since that team meeting that had anywhere from 2/3rds to 3/4ths against it, all the politicians in favor that I have seen have started talking like it isn’t happening this year at least. Another sign is that the Dems including Obama are all in favor of the establishment Republican position. In other words, getting desperate to help the Republicans destroy the Republican party.

That means I can vote for Repubs and root for them to come to their senses at least in 2014. Yee ha.

Or they could be just trying to pass it on the stealth. Real quick and out of the blue like. We will see.

KMav on February 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

More money for Kentucky dams would probably help resolve some of these problems….?

d1carter on February 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

71% of internet users in America have facebutt accounts so you can forget about having an effect on that. I have two. Facebutt is a tool with many uses.

Meremortal on February 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

It is and always has been easily resolvable.Round them up,send them home and build the fence!Our returning soldiers can do the rounding up,and we can pay for the fence with all the money we save by removing the invaders from all the social services they are mooching from us.Simple as long as you have the will.

redware on February 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Headfake.

Republicans will win the House and Senate in 2014, and then Obama can get immigration done. Yessir. Who needs a Democrat-controlled Senate or supermajority when you have super RINOS?

conservative pilgrim on February 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Reading between the lines here, it sounds like Republican leadership in the Senate has zero interest in tackling immigration — until at least after the midterm elections.

McConnell is playing to win the majority in the Senate before tackling immigration reform.

Republicans need a net 6 takeaways to take a Senate majority, and Democrats are either retiring or vulnerable in the following states:

Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Michigan.

Most of these states have relatively small Hispanic and first-generation immigrant populations, so immigration reform is unlikely to be a major issue in these elections. Republican candidates can campaign against Obamacare and for greater energy development, without being distracted by immigration reform.

Most of these states also have small numbers of Electoral College votes, so that 2014 is an opportunity to win back the Senate without alienating lots of voters in the larger states needed to win the Presidency in 2016. If Republicans control both houses of Congress in 2015, they can then decide on an agenda that will best help a Republican win the White House in 2016, and they can also paint Obama as an obstructionist if he vetoes most of their legislation.

Steve Z on February 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

There is nothing that can be done that will change the distribution of Latino votes in 2016 or 2020.

There is empirical evidence that this doesn’t work — Bush 41 after the first amnesty and McCain after cheering for Bush 43 amnesty.

And there is absolutely no evidence, none, that any of these amnesty shills have a plan that will change the Latino view of big government.

EastofEden on February 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Mitch McConnell: Let’s face it, immigration reform looks “irresolvable” this year

So the GOPe betrays us next year.

RJL on February 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I don’t use any social media, and this is the only site on which I post in the comment section.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Ditto that. Anyone remotely connected to the entertainment industry (or media generally) knows better than to splash his a** all over the net. Stars are allowed, of course– “the only bad publicity is no publicity” and PR firms handle that/make it all up anyway– and exhibitionist politicians who think they are stars, like Carlos Danger.

But back on topic: So McConnell says no scoff-lawyering on illegals this year? A feint, head-fake, or fear of losing a primary?

de rigueur on February 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Thomas Sowell nails it once again;

Republicans to rescue Dems, betray the nation

Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically, as the problems of Obamacare continue to escalate and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate.

But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats, by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory.

The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican base and is unlikely to gain many votes among the Hispanics the Republican leadership is courting.

Not for one second do I trust this is off the table with Republicans. At best, they will wait until after the election in November.

Marcus Traianus on February 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Who needs 60 votes? Just change the rules.

Fenris on February 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Who needs 60 votes? Just change the rules.

Fenris on February 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

This, for ever after, shall be known in the Senate as the “Reid Rule”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Immigration is not McConnell’s “primary” concern. Getting elected is.

What a fix the GOP is in: the political winds pressage a Democrat rout, except that, with McConnell and Boehner in charge, that win could become a defeat. The sad fact is that, not only do Obamacare ™-supporting Democrats have to be defeated, but these two paperweights have to be removed as well. Getting rid of these time-wasters is a pre-requisite to conservative victory.

virgo on February 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Not having TP cons elected has now become the top priority since they believe it’ll be a landslide against the dems. This is why the IRS investigation is going nowhere and a special investigator hasn’t been appointed by Bonehead. They don’t want the targeting stopped and it hasn’t been. Cut the head off the snake and it can’t bite you on the butt. All of the so-called establishment types, CofC, entertainment and unions only want our money and to control our everyday lives. This needs to be reversed starting this year.

Kissmygrits on February 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

good

jake49 on February 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Google “Chamber of Commerce” + the name of your city or state to find the website of the Chanber of Commerce for your local area.

Then find a link for “Membership Directory” on the Chamber website to find the member businesses in your area.

For example, here is a link to the membership directory for the Chamber of Commerce of Georgia:
https://member.gachamber.com/Core/Directories/Member_Search.aspx

Be sure to tell the businesses why you are boycotting them!

We should all be doing this!

wren on February 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Not a bad idea to make sure the Chamber of Commerce is aware that we are P-d off.

V7_Sport on February 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM