Valerie Jarrett: We have a commitment from Boehner on immigration reform

posted at 11:21 am on May 16, 2014 by Allahpundit

A commitment to pass something or a commitment to try? You trust a man who tells donors privately that he’s “hellbent” on enacting reform this year not to agree to a crappy deal with the White House, don’t you?

Here’s the quote, via Breitbart:

Jarrett believes Boehner will allow a comprehensive immigration reform bill, or a package of bills, to come up for a vote after the primary election to avoid spoiling some GOP candidates’ chances.

“I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done,” Jarrett said. “We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who’s very frustrated with his caucus.”

And now comes the walkback:

Boehner’s spokesman says Republicans are “committed to reforming our immigration system” but that it’s hard to make progress when they can’t trust Obama to blah blah blah blah. The fact is, this is news even if Jarrett’s telling the truth about Boehner merely promising to try. I thought he would after the primaries are over, but there was a chance that the thought of rolling the dice on something this inflammatory so close to the midterms would end up scaring him off, at least until the lame-duck session. Sure sounds from Jarrett like he’s intent on doing this over the summer, though, come what may. Maybe there’s a two-step strategy at work — bring a bill to the floor over the summer that deals only with security and pass that before the midterms, thus reassuring conservatives. Then, after the election, bring everyone back and pass a legalization bill during the lame-duck. The votes are there to do it: A White House official tells the NYT they estimate Boehner has no fewer than 60 Republicans willing to pass a compromise bill. That’s far fewer than he needs if he’s committed to passing everything with a majority of GOPers onboard, but if he isn’t committed to that, he can pass whatever bill he likes by comfortable margins with Democratic help.

Exit question: How good do you feel knowing that Valerie Jarrett, indisputably the most powerful advisor to the most powerful man in the world, is stupid enough to reveal something like this publicly given how fragile immigration negotiations are? The more conservatives doubt Boehner, the harder it is to pass anything in the House — and here she is, babbling about secret commitments he’s made to Democrats. We’re in good hands, America.


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Miss Lamar

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Valerie Jarrett: We have a commitment from Boehner on immigration reform

Meh.

She has the same amount of credibility that POTUS has when speaking about anyone on the right.

And now comes the walkback:

rukiddingme on May 16, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Boehner has to know that pushing “amnesty” (let’s call it what it is) before the November elections would be a death knell for Republicans gaining large majorities and maybe even for keeping the majority in the House, forget the Senate. Why then does he persist in this political suicide? The answer to that question methinks, would infuriate.

Dan_NV on May 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

He and the rest of the GOPe really do not know that. Their experience is that they gain more from the mushy middle than they ever lose from the right. More on the right will hold their noses and vote for the lesser evil than those in the mushy headed middle will stick with them when they are so ‘mean’ or ‘obstructive’ or whatever the MSM talking point is.

Boehner’s only real concern, and the only reason amnesty has not already been passed, is that a solid majority of the GOP caucus is opposed to amnesty. So although the Democrats will vote solidly for it and enough Republicans will join them to pass amnesty that passage is certain, if Boehner allows it to come to a vote, the conservatives could rebel and throw him out of the Speakership.

That is what the dance is all about. It is not about any fear by the leadership that the voters will rebel against the GOP. They know we have nowhere else to go.

fadetogray on May 16, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Saw an interesting job posting I’d like to share:

Our Company is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national Origin, alienage or citizenship,

alienage???

kcewa on May 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Drudge:

Valerie Jarrett: ‘We have a commitment’ from Boehner to move immigration…

Speaker disputes…

Jarrett ‘clarifies’…

PAPER: ‘Electoral death warrant’…

Released criminals become GOP’s new weapon…

‘Undocumented immigrant’ viciously beats park employee with rock…

Schadenfreude on May 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The more conservatives doubt Boehner, the harder it is to pass anything in the House the harder it is to get conservatives to come to the polls this November

Fixed.

Physics Geek on May 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I am giddy with anticipation. This is a huge gift from Republicans in the battle for the future of the country. It’s like being in a prize fight and your opponent suddenly gives themselves an uppercut. It makes absolutely zero sense for the GOP as a party already in ominous demographic waters to open the floodgates to millions more Democratic voters, but who am I to look a gift elephant in the mouth.

Eva D. Struktion on May 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Val, did Boehner make this agreement with you while you were supervising the ‘rescue’ in Benghazi?

Another Drew on May 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

A commitment to pass something or a commitment to try? You trust a man who tells donors privately that he’s “hellbent” on enacting reform this year not to agree to a crappy deal with the White House, don’t you?

No, Boehner did not agree anything Jarrett said he did. Why the hell is Hot Air giving ANY credence to what Valerie Effing Jarrett says? Oh I know why! Because you assume the worst of John Boehner. How about assuming the worst of his opponents for a change (and that goes for the True Cons on the right as well as the True Believers on the Left).

Buy Danish on May 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Are we that gullible that we believe anything jarrett has to say?
Are so so willing to attack our own when any dem lies?

Lee Jan on May 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Are we that gullible that we believe anything jarrett has to say?
Are so so willing to attack our own when any dem lies?

Lee Jan on May 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Exactly.

V7_Sport on May 16, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I am sure any commitment by Boenher is contingent on getting the Obama White House to follow-through on their promises made.

In other words, there will be no immigration reform bill passed until after the next presidential election.

s1im on May 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Are we that gullible that we believe anything jarrett has to say?
Are so so willing to attack our own when any dem lies?

Lee Jan on May 16, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Yeah, it’s not like Boehner has shown any weakness and flexibility on this issue.

Pincher Martin on May 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM

That is what the dance is all about. It is not about any fear by the leadership that the voters will rebel against the GOP. They know we have nowhere else to go.

Tell that to Presidents McCain and Romney. Many stayed home.

GOPe has yet to learn from 2008 and 2012.

skilaki on May 17, 2014 at 2:36 AM

Amnesty = Speaker Pelosi in January 2015.

pdigaudio on May 17, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Tell that to Presidents McCain and Romney. Many stayed home.

GOPe has yet to learn from 2008 and 2012.

skilaki on May 17, 2014 at 2:36 AM

The GOPe sees the same numbers you see, and more.

They know the extent they would have to go to get those voters to show up and vote for the GOP candidate is such they would lose even more from the mushy headed middle, so their strategy for dealing with it is to go for even more of the mushy headed middle voters and lose even more on the right.

The far right proved this to them when it stayed home and refused to vote for Romney in even larger numbers than they had refused to vote for the much more ‘progressive,’ Big Government McCain, the guy who had actually authored the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill.

So expect Jon Huntsman or the like to be the nominee. It certainly won’t be someone like Romney who angered the GOPe by opposing amnesty.

fadetogray on May 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

#AmateurHour at 1600 Pennslyvania Avenue #iranian_sympathizer

virgo on May 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

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