Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on February 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday might have doused the prospects for immigration reform this year, but Senate Democratic leaders are simultaneously stoking hope and bashing the GOP over the issue…

“I am not thrown back by Speaker Boehner’s statement,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and a member of the immigration Gang of Eight that helped pass legislation in the Senate last year. “He’s in a very difficult position. He is trying to figure out, in my judgment, how to get this done without his caucus or too many in his caucus rebelling.”

But Schumer’s sympathies went only so far. He continued: “But I think the leadership of the Republican Party knows that if they don’t do immigration reform, they have big problems down the road, and even immediately. And this idea that it’s gonna be easier to do in a presidential year? Come on.”

“They’re developing a trend here. Shutting down the government. Shutting down immigration reform. It’s the Shutdown Republicans Caucus. That isn’t what the American public sent us here to do,” said Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin of Illinois.

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In the days after the retreat, Boehner continued to move forward, issuing promotional materials about the principles. Rep. Jeff Denham of California, a top proponent for moving on immigration, told Breitbart News that leadership wanted to bring legislation to the floor as soon as possible.

With Boehner continuing to march forward, top immigration hawks had begun to organize much more dramatic responses to try to head him off.

“There has been talk among House Members about forcing new leadership elections in the House to include a new Speaker if they try to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year,” a senior GOP aide said Wednesday. The GOP member and two other aides said such discussions had occurred among House Republicans.

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Republicans can also point to myriad examples of the Obama administration’s selective enforcement of existing immigration laws. The list is longer than even some GOP opponents of comprehensive reform realize…

Since 2009, the Obama administration has repeatedly invoked executive authority to limit the ability of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to follow the law, and has severely restricted their ability to initiate deportations proceedings, even against illegal immigrants who have been arrested on felony charges…

House Republicans say border security must be addressed before any other aspects of immigration reform are considered, and the Obama administration’s attitude on border security has been nonchalant at best.

Following a February 2013 report from the Government Accountability Office, the administration was forced to admit that it lacked any official metric by which to assess the security of the Southern border, which ran afoul of legal mandates established in 2006. According to the New York Times, administration officials said “they had resisted producing a single measure to assess the border because the president did not want any hurdles placed on the pathway to eventual citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.”

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Boehner, however, is not interested in any of this. He is not demanding that Obama rescind DACA, or open closed Border Patrol stations, or let states enforce their own immigration policies. The same corporate donors that are pushing the House leadership to pass amnesty now, have zero interest in ever seeing any immigration laws enforced ever.

Instead, here is what Boehner did say… “You know, last week we sent a letter to the president outlining four bills that he talked about in the State of the Union that are sitting in the United States Senate,” Boehner continued, “whether it’s the SKILLS Act, the research bill, a couple of other bills. The president could reach out and work with us on those and begin the process of rebuilding the trust between the American people and his presidency.”

In other words, if Obama is willing to force Senate Democrats to move on the House leadership’s existing jobs agenda, then that would build enough trust so that Boehner would feel comfortable bringing amnesty to the floor later this year.

If Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) suddenly starts taking up the House passed jobs bills, then the amnesty fix might be in. But if Reid keeps stonewalling the House, then immigration isn’t going anywhere.

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“[Obama will] come under withering pressure to act,” Sharry tells me. “And of course he’ll move by executive action. He doesn’t want his legacy to reflect the fact that he deported more people than any other president. He’ll have no choice.”

If that happens, Sharry continues, you could hear some on the right begin to agitate for impeachment — just as the GOP presidential primary is getting underway.

“If he hasn’t acted earlier, Obama could roll a hand-grenade into the middle of the Republican Primary,” Sharry said, adding that even if impeachment chatter is confined to the margins, it will make legislative action by Republicans on the issue all but impossible: “They will have squandered their shot at getting right with Latinos and Asian Americans for a generation.”

Even if there is no impeachment chatter, any executive action would itself make any action by Republicans on the issue harder still. And even if Obama does not take executive action, there is also the prospect of immigration reform getting tied up in GOP presidential primary politics, which some GOP operatives dread because it could drag the field to the right heading into 2016.

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Via CNN.

cnn

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[I]mmigrant groups do eventually find themselves able to vote for the party that historically opposed their entry. Although Coulter is right that immigrants have gravitated to the Democrats, the descendants of the 19th century great wave voted overwhelmingly for Nixon and Reagan. Many of them have come to view themselves as true conservatives, even if a century earlier America’s true conservatives wanted to ship their great grandparents back to Europe…

The relationship between the composition of the American people and the ideals adopted by the parties that seek to represent portions of them is complex. We cannot predict how the addition of new immigrants will pressure and cleave the Democratic coalition. But, in general, our two political parties have accumulated so much inherited power, including the power to change, that it is difficult to imagine either of them ever being mortally wounded…

Whatever mass immigration does to transform America, the Republican Party will find a way to live. It will likely find new ways to be conservative, and over time it will attract the grandsons and granddaughters of today’s immigrants.

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Via Newsbusters.

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I’ll QOTD YOU!!!

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

BISHOP!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Noobs!

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Bishop! newbies

newbies, Bishop!

Et incipiunt a venatus!

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I set my computer’s clock back twelve hours.

Just wanna see what happens

listens2glenn on February 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Rope a Dope. They will pass it later in the year after the primary filing deadlines.

We will be Dopes if we don’t vote for TEA Party PRIMARY OPPONENTS of RINO establishment traitors like McConnell and Boner.

ConstantineXI on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

RATSO!

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

This clown is going to give the whole circus away.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I got the Bishop. Neener.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

IT DIDN’T WORK ! ….. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh

listens2glenn on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Okay, I made it QOTD. Happy Lanceman?

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I got the Bishop. Neener.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Um, guess again, applehead.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

WELCOME NEWBS!!

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Boobs!

See entry below yours.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Okay, I made it QOTD. Happy Lanceman?

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Yes! Yes I am!

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

hmmmm, I dunno, does it matter, I guess both sides are doing the will of their people, ours just don’t DO as well as we all expect, oh how bad it is…

Damn Shame

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

THIS SHOULD BE A LOT OF FUN! Hope getalife/HillAREwe joins us…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I am pissed that my first QOTD thread I could post in wasn’t a Cristie Kreme thread.

I mean, I’ve been reading for years here, Allah has gone from being obsessed with Kirsten Powers, to Meghan McCain, to Christie Kreme…

ConstantineXI on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

See entry below yours.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Strange happenings.

What was once below you is now above you.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

What does “Bishop” mean?

libfreesMom on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

WELCOME NEWBS!!

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

If you so much as look at us wrong…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

IT DIDN’T WORK ! ….. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh

listens2glenn on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM


On the bright side
… you beat Ken, so you’ve got that going for you.

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Bunch of meezers.

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I’m really upset at the total lack of rainbow flags in tonight’s first Olympic coverage. not.

PrettyMooch on February 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM

On the bright side … you beat Ken, so you’ve got that going for you.

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I was trying to give a newb a shot. They are slow.

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Bunch of meezers.

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I resemble that remark.

Applehead on February 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM

…Boner will go limp…again!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Wedgehead!

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Good Evening to all the newbies who chance to grace QOTD!

Please refrain from complaining about the chit chat…

It will do you NO good!!

Good evening to all the Regulars!! :)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

So how many new signups did we get today?

Mark1971 on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I got the Bishop. Neener.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM


Look a second time …

BISHOP!

annoyinglittletwerk on February 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

BISHFLOP!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

is what happens when you falsely declare a “Bishop”.

bluegill put me up to this. Also, I am on my iPhone.

bluegill4ever on February 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

What does “Bishop” mean?

libfreesMom on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

It’s in Bishop’s ‘union contract’-he’s from Ohio-that he’s always the first comment.
Always.

*We’re a weird bunch.*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Well, I am freezing 300 miles from home here in Evansville, Indiana experiencing “man made global warming”.

Hopefully I get back to Ashland tomorrow.

ConstantineXI on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Don’t be fooled by these fools. Keep calling/emailing/tweeting!

SouthernGent on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

What does “Bishop” mean?

libfreesMom on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

…it’s an invitation to a knee-capping!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Look a second time …

BISHOP!

annoyinglittletwerk on February 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Heh. You had me fooled too.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Watching Jaws, eating cheddar cheese goldfish crackers.
Always root for the shark. He will always win.

Cheese Wheel on February 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM

bluegill put me up to this. Also, I am on my iPhone.

bluegill4ever on February 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

…yes…but your spelling is meticulous!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM

It will do you NO good!!

Good evening to all the Regulars!! :)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Not true.

It will score brown nose points with hagfish, lourdes and minnisoter.

It will also let the rest of us know who would want to score brown nose points with hagfish, lourdes and minnisoter.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

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Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I got the Bishop. Neener.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

You got it wrong. But I’ll still ghost you if you want.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

; ) Crashing early tonight. Long day this one was.

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

What was once below you is now above you.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I knew what you meant. The place has been jumpy.

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I hope my username doesn’t offend anyone on here. I just wanted to give props to the Most beautiful First Lady we’ve ever had. Thank you!

PrettyMooch on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

The Welcome sign is not mine I borrowed it from a talented member

:)

Thank You!!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I just put libfreeordie to bed. He’s so grouchy when I don’t burp him. Finding adult size diapers his size is a real chore.

libfreesMom on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Alrighty then!!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:38 PMI looked. I WAS that comment.
Will y’all quit it w/ the ‘twerk’ thing.
It’s giving me a complex.
Seriously-I don’t like it.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

What does “Bishop” mean?

libfreesMom on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Never mind that. Did any of the newbies register as Bishbop is the question.

wolfsDad on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

It will do you NO good!!

Good evening to all the Regulars!! :)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:37 PM


Evening, Scrumpy!

OK, noobs … just to expand on Scrumpy’s “do you NO good” comment.

Complaining about QOTD not being on topic will result in you being
WHACKed!, FLINKed, FUMEd or other punishments deemed appropriate by residents of the Glade.

On the bright side you are much less likely to be set on fire or banished to live in Libfree’s basement.

(His mom joined and got an injunction on thatlast practice.)

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Good Night Bmore, God Bless!!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

…there was almost a PIEmore registrar… this morning!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I hope my username doesn’t offend anyone on here. I just wanted to give props to the Most beautiful First Lady we’ve ever had. Thank you!

PrettyMooch on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Was the username ShavedYeti already taken?

HumpBot Salvation on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

is this the tread that gets all weird and stuff?

oscarwilde on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Damnit! Where are the new trolls????

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

We can Bishop…

But there are dumb flucks among us…

And a few of them joined up on HA….

They are inexperienced….

know nothing about “Bishup”..

But want their free sh!it……

Electrongod on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I hope the Class of 2014 Trolls are better than the Class of 2013 Trolls.

portlandon on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Seriously-I don’t like it.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM


OK!
…. but rememner I was the first non-ALT to chastise that imposter.

PolAgnostic on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Is it true one can go O/T here? Like,…immediately?:)

butch on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Alrighty then!!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

That Hollyweird guy got to you.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

WELCOME NEWBS!!

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

If you so much as look at us wrong…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Thank you KCB and Twerp! I’ve been following hotair commenters for the last 4 years and I can tell you that I respect many of the commenters on here.

shubalstearns on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Lolz! Not from me. I took no new nom. ; )

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

.
; ) Crashing early tonight. Long day this one was.

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

.
If you hadn’t been fraternizing with all the newbies . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

But Schumer’s sympathies went only so far. He continued: “But I think the leadership of the Republican Party knows that if they don’t do immigration reform, they have big problems down the road, and even immediately. And this idea that it’s gonna be easier to do in a presidential year? Come on.”

They really want their new voters. I don’t even think a shark would eat Schumer. Sharks have standards.

Cheese Wheel on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I’d like to see the Republicans stop sucking up to the Democrats’ victim groups. They need to address the interests of the real victims. The American people are the victims of the Washington elites. I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t stand up for us.

crankyoldlady on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

libfreesMom on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

OMG that’s so funny!! ;D

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

WELCOME NEWBS!!

We’re not newbs, we just were not invited to the party until you realized we are a lot more popular than you.

Just sayin… More popular ;)

j/k

Thanks for the welcome :P

OregonPolitician on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Evening all!!!!

CoffeeLover on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

It’s because we love kind of like you.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Are we allowed to drink on this thread?

oscarwilde on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Is it true one can go O/T here? Like,…immediately?:)

butch on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Please remember that this isn’t a chat room. It’s annoying having to scroll through self-indulgent chatty clutter from people who abuse these commenting sections.

bluegill on September 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

oscarwilde on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

No, this is QOTD, the place to relax and reflect on the day past. *clink!*

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I got the Bishop. Neener.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM

You got it wrong. But I’ll still ghost you if you want.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Ah. So “Bishop” is the gatekeeper. I get it.

portlandon on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I’d like to see the Republicans stop sucking up to the Democrats’ victim groups. They need to address the interests of the real victims. The American people are the victims of the Washington elites. I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t stand up for us.

crankyoldlady on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Right on COL!! :)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

If they pass this bill they might as well erase the southern border, it will be meaningless, more and more illegals will pour in, way to go you idiot Dem voters, they will be taking your jobs for the most part.

WisCon on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Anybody mind if I go OT?

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

shubalstearns on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I was just having fun w/ you. We’re pretty chill here.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

oscarwilde on February 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

No, this is QOTD, the place to relax and reflect on the day past. *clink!*

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

So no twirly thingies/whirley-gig?

oscarwilde on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

listens2glenn on February 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM


I had responsibilities.

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Classic!! I love it!! ;)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

did you get any pie for your vow of secrecy?

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Anybody mind if I go OT?

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

You best knock it off w/ the chit-chat!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

UNINSTALLING annoyinglittletwerp…………
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Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

o great

Axe on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

RATSO!

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 10:33

OMAHA!!

Jack Lords Hair on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

…yes…but your spelling is meticulous!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Like bluegill herself, I sometimes make spelling errors because of my iPhone. Please forgive me whenever I do.

bluegill4ever on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

UNINSTALLING annoyinglittletwerp…………
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Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Nevermind that! I wanna see Antwerk again! That was classic!

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

oscarwilde on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Yes. That is correct.

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

UNINSTALLING annoyinglittletwerp…………
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Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Don’t mess w/ Texas!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hello Axe!

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I’m so happy to be able to comment here now. I’ve always lurked, and laughed at a lot of the content. Plus Libfreeordie always gets angry when I ask him how his “friends” on the interwebs are doing.

Sometimes I wonder if he’s as popular here as he tells us he is.

libfreesMom on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

HotGas turns into a psyche ward as the night wears on.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Heh. This ain’t my first rodeo. Just testing the waters under my new handle.

butch on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Axe on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Good evening, Axefellow. :)

thatsafactjack on February 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

oscarwilde on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Sure. Whatever you find relaxing.

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Anybody mind if I go OT?

KCB on February 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

You best knock it off w/ the chit-chat!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

You’ve got that right!

I like you because you are so nice to defend my bluegill.

bluegill4ever on February 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Where are the cat pix that you said you put up on your wall?
Do it, Hoser!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

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