Report: Boehner eyeing mid-June for vote on immigration reform; Update: Pentagon to let some young illegals enlist

posted at 6:01 pm on May 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

Outrageous. Not the fact that the House leadership wants to do something on immigration; that’s been common knowledge for 18 months. What’s outrageous is the timing, which, if this AP report is accurate, would confirm our most cynical suspicions about just how gutless and unaccountable Republicans are on this issue. I remember critics predicting last year that Boehner wouldn’t bring something to the floor before the House primaries for fear that a backlash among conservative voters would knock out a bunch of incumbents. He’d wait until just after the primaries had ended to do it, so that conservatives would be powerless to exert any influence over the process.

And sure enough, that’s allegedly exactly what he’s going to do.

At this point, it doesn’t matter what the bill looks like. You can guess — some sort of modest ENLIST/DREAM amnesty with new security measures built in, designed to irritate conservatives as little as possible. It’s not the substance of it that’s so egregious, it’s the scrupulous unaccountability they’ve demonstrated in trying to pass it. They could have been honest brokers about this by pushing a bill last fall and letting the political chips fall where they may. If that meant primary challenges, so be it; a party that’s as committed to serving its masters in the business lobby as the GOP is should be willing to brave that risk. If the public, including the Republican electorate, is as eager for reform as they claim, they would have been just fine. Instead they’re waiting until practically the minute the primaries are over to reveal their plan, which, let’s face it, is a form of deception. Just like Marco Rubio running in 2010 against “an earned path to citizenship” for illegals and then backing it in 2012 was deception. Just like Mitt Romney pushing “self-deportation” in 2012 and then urging immigration reform before the midterms this year is deception. Just like Eric Cantor campaigning as some hard-ass amnesty opponent before he inevitably pushes a DREAM/ENLIST bill this summer is deception. These people keep lying to you on the assumption that you’ll eat an infinite amount of garbage and then still happily pull the lever for them in November. It won’t stop until you stop. So stop.

What’s the worst that could happen if you stay home? Republicans will still end up holding the House. Their advantage is too great to be lost by any modest conservative boycott. They might lose seats, but which big-ticket legislative items are going to pass with a slightly bluer House that wouldn’t have with a slightly redder one? Amnesty will pass either way. Repealing ObamaCare is basically dead either way as well, as Republicans are increasingly willing to admit. (“One thing you’re beginning to see in surveys is the sense that we’re so far down this path that repeal is not realistic any more.”) The GOP’s giving up on blocking gay marriage too, in case you’re one of the many social conservatives bothered by that. Nate Silver argued a few weeks that the 2014 election is the least important in years, so the time has never been more ripe to use your vote, or non-vote, to send a message to your own party. The only truly terrible outcome I can imagine from righties staying home to protest is that a Democratic Senate would be much more helpful to Obama in confirming a new Supreme Court justice than a Republican one would be. Even there, though, what’s the worst that could happen? Another Sotomayor or Kagan lands on the Court instead of someone slightly more centrist? Regardless of their individual ideological nuances, Democratic appointees are the most reliably partisan hacks on the Court; there won’t be any aisle-crossers a la Kennedy or O’Connor or Stevens no matter whom O appoints. So how much does it matter really?

Reward Boehner and the GOP for their deception and unaccountability and it’ll keep happening, quite possibly in the lame-duck session this fall. (Which, I assume, is when they’re planning a mass amnesty, not something small like ENLIST.) That’s how incentives work. Your call.

Update: Annnnnd, just to lower the stakes a bit further, looks like His Majesty, The King, has decided that some DREAMers will be able to join the military whether the GOP passes ENLIST or not.

The move, which has not been formally announced by the Obama administration, would affect some of the roughly 550,000 undocumented young people granted the ability to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, many of whom have pled with the government to allow them to enlist…

The new change, under a Pentagon recruitment plan called Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, would allow some undocumented immigrants with critical language or medical skills to enlist in the armed forces — considerably limiting the number of Dreamers who would be eligible. Roughly 3,000 legal immigrants have enlisted through the MAVNI program since 2009, and now the program will be open to those who are in the country illegally.

Shinseki, Carney, the Medicare/sex-change ruling, now this. Four separate news dumps on the same Friday afternoon must be a record.

Update: Commenter sentinelrules argues that they can’t vote on a bill by mid-June since nothing’s been marked up yet in committee. I’ll let people who know House procedure better than me respond to that, but whether the vote is held in mid-June or the bill is introduced in mid-June is beside the point here. The point is that, if the AP’s right about a looming immigration push, the leadership’s chosen a strategy of deliberate unaccountability. If they want DREAM or ENLIST or something more ambitious to pass, don’t wait until after Republicans have gone to the polls. Introduce it beforehand and make your case. If you win your primaries then you’ve got a mandate to pass it. If you don’t, you don’t.


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How will they do background checks?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Keep it up Boner, Karma’s a b!tch.

bernzright777 on May 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

The Republicans & Democrats are in a race to irrelevance.

portlandon on May 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

How will they do background checks?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

The same people who did security clearance checks on Edward Snowden are on the job to protect our nation.

shivers

portlandon on May 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Reward Boehner and the GOP for their deception and unaccountability and it’ll keep happening, quite possibly in the lame-duck session this fall. (Which, I assume, is when they’re planning a mass amnesty, not something small like ENLIST.) That’s how incentives work. Your call.

Maybe they’re trying to lose the House along with failing to gain the Senate. Pass this crap and they’ll deserve exactly that.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

It’s long past time for a national divorce. Long past.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Dead to me.

JAM on May 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

What’s the worst that could happen if you stay home?

My country will be destroyed for ever and ever ?
Bet that will happen even if we vote against it.

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Shinseki, Carney, the Medicare/sex-change ruling, now this. Four separate news dumps on the same Friday afternoon must be a record.

Wrong. Five news dumps:

U.S. announces effort to mark LGBT historical sites including creating national monuments.

http://tinyurl.com/m487nb7

Aplombed on May 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Sometimes I enjoy reading the posts by people who think Obama is a failure as a president mostly because they’re basing their opinion on what’s best for the U.S.

rogerb on May 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Eric Cantor needs to lose his primary. That would be a good start.

KCB on May 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Gotta say that this is the most passion I’ve seen Allah exude in a long time. I like this.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

What’s the worst that could happen if you stay home? Republicans will still end up holding the House.

Exactly why OH Republicans should vote for Boehner’s Democrat opponent. They can take the seat back in 2016.

Charlemagne on May 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

How will they do background checks?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Background checks are for those who have a background to check,
you know people like US citizens, LEGAL migrants etc.,
or as Hussein calls them — enemies.

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I’ve been advocating for months that the Republicans put an Immigration Reform Bill out there. Boehner seems bent on screwing up the fall election by putting in amnesty. If he does he just might go down as the stupidest Speaker ever. He’s already shown himself to be on par with Obama as far as leadership ability goes, but to take a no-brainer election like this and screw it up, I sincerely hope the citizens of Ohio vote him out. In fact, this may be the only race I’d settle for a Democrat winning rather than Boehner, he’s just terrible.

bflat879 on May 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Business that contract work with the US government are required to E-Verify all their employees (those working on the contract and any hired after the contract date).

Why won’t the Pentagon follow the same regulations?

socalcon on May 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

This is the stupidest Allah troll post yet.

The house is in recess from June 2 to June 6.

A bill hasn’t been marked up yet, which would take weeks to do, so mid June is not possible.

sentinelrules on May 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Thank you for your courageous post AP.

As for a Military amnesty, I actually would still vote for Republicans in 2014…….as long as it was a stand alone bill with no other legalization. If its committee’s to amnesty however, I will not only not vote for Republicans in 2014, I will not vote in 2016 for any Republican either. It will be a 2 election boycott that might last even longer.

If you fight for my country, you are an American in my eyes. But legalize any others and I sit for a long long time.

KMav on May 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I thought AP and Ed (a few months ago) were wondering, in separate posts, just how the GOP would screw the pooch in November…

Ding, ding,ding, ding–winner!

socalcon on May 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

It’s long past time for a national divorce. Long past.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I’ve been saying it for years. The divide between Left and Right is an unbridgeable chasm. They’re bound and determined to impose socialism on us and I hope we’re as determined to resist right up to the point of splitting the country. I can’t take thus anymore and don’t want to spend the rest of my life fighting a losing battle to retain my liberty and my country.

Charlemagne on May 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

This is the stupidest Allah troll post yet.

The house is in recess from June 2 to June 6.

A bill hasn’t been marked up yet, which would take weeks to do, so mid June is not possible.

sentinelrules on May 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I agree with you, as I did in the Headlines thread, that Erica Werner’s tweet is big time trolling. But I love that a conservative, Let It Burn fire has been lit under Allah.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

If you want to really know who runs your party, look at who is pushing Congress on immigration from the right. You can start with the Chamber of Commerce.

myiq2xu on May 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

There is a traitor in our midst. Be wary.

Bmore on May 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

This is the stupidest Allah troll post yet.

The house is in recess from June 2 to June 6.

A bill hasn’t been marked up yet, which would take weeks to do, so mid June is not possible.

sentinelrules on May 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Please correctly attribute the stupidity…

Erica Werner: I am a congressional reporter for AP, covering health care, immigration, etc. Washington, DC

socalcon on May 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

This is the stupidest Allah troll post yet.

The house is in recess from June 2 to June 6.

A bill hasn’t been marked up yet, which would take weeks to do, so mid June is not possible.

When Congress decides to f*ck the American people they do it quickly in the dead of night. Just like they pass their own pay raises.

myiq2xu on May 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

would allow some undocumented immigrants with critical language or medical skills to enlist in the armed forces

Great idea. Get illegal aliens who speak Arabic to join up, I’m sure there will be no Hassans in that group.

sauldalinsky on May 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Boehner hates your children.

Pickle on May 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM

The new change, under a Pentagon recruitment plan called Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, would allow some undocumented immigrants with critical language or medical skills to enlist in the armed forces

So what about security clearances? Few jobs in the military don’t require some sort of clearance. Where would these illegals be serving? How do you give a security clearance to a criminal?

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM

When Congress decides to f*ck the American people they do it quickly in the dead of night. Just like they pass their own pay raises.

myiq2xu on May 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Or that Doc-fix voice vote out of nowhere last month.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

A bill hasn’t been marked up yet, which would take weeks to do, so mid June is not possible.

You’ve got me red-handed on poor wording, not on the basic point. The AP reporter didn’t say there’d be a vote in mid-June; I said that in the headline, but what I meant was that they were going to begin pushing a bill in mid-June with a vote eventually to follow. That’s my point about unaccountability: They could have pushed this months ago. Why did they wait until after the primaries?

I’ll fix the headline and credit you in an update.

Allahpundit on May 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Dreamers have to meet a number of qualifications for the program, including having come to the U.S. before the age of 16; having been under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012

I’m just wondering about these Dreamers. How do they determine when and under what circumstances the “Dreamer” came into the country? I’m just saying. I don’t think they punch some kind of clock when they sneak across the border.

I think the reality is: anybody who meets those age qualifications gets the “Dreamer” designation, whether their parents brought them when they were 10, or whether they voluntary sneak in at age 25 and just tell the authorities they qualify as a Dreamer.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Amnesty is one of those issues that really all american voters on both sides and in between should come together and fight against. If someone is against Big Business and special interest you should fight this, If you’re against big government and bloated government you should fight this, if anti-cronyism big donors is a deal for you then you should fight this. If its getting serious about border security or concern about jobs for the working Americans already here then you should oppose this

journeymike on May 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

This is Allah’s typical Friday “send ‘em home pissed” post.

DanMan on May 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

With thousands more ‘Dreamers’ streaming across the Texas border daily, why not just put’em directly into the Armed Forces or Obama Youth? The money hoarders on Wall Street and modern day slavers in the construction industry can use the rest, while the rest of us ‘citizens’ can just collect welfare and and our ‘disability’ bennies. What does it profit a man if he cannot profit from the misery of others? Yeah, I’m bad…

vnvet on May 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

This isn’t complicated: politicians react to incentives. The better the performance of those who are more ardent defenders of higher taxes, amnesty, socialized health-care, irresponsible fiscal policy, bureaucratic mandated regulations, etc, the more all politicians will be encouraged to trend toward that direction.

The idea that the GOP politicians will shift to the right if Democrats win more is beyond stupid. They’ll do the exact opposite.

And the 2014 election has effect on all the others. Assessing its effects on a 2 year time span is short-sighted. The result of 2014 might very well dictate who controls the House and the Senate post 2016. The thesis that the election doesn’t matter because the next two years will be uneventful is laughably wrong.

joana on May 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I’m not surprised.
Boehner is bought and paid for by the Chamber of Commerce.

I had already decided not to vote Republican this year, so this latest betrayal changes nothing.

Eff the GOP. I’m done with them.

DRayRaven on May 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Maybe it’s time for Conservatives to vote Democrat. We owe it to history to clearly mark the burning wreckage of this once great country with a big scarlet letter D, that our posterity might learn never to trust those stupid—-aww, who am I kidding? Humanity never learns a damn thing.

squint on May 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

So… Spanish is now a critical language?

I guess if they let in people who don’t speak English and can’t take orders in English, it will be..

LASue on May 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Endgame, indeed.

Let me know when the caravans of angry citizens start heading to DC.

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

A bill hasn’t been marked up yet, which would take weeks to do, so mid June is not possible.

On second thought, I’m not so sure you’re right. I’ll add an update anyway flagging your point.

Allahpundit on May 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Another example of the Spelunker collaborating with and enabling the obamanation’s socialist agenda…

Gohawgs on May 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Dreamers have to meet a number of qualifications for the program, including having come to the U.S. before the age of 16; having been under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012

and how will they prove that ?
with a 9 layered birth certificate
or
will a photocopy of any utility bill do ?

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Boehner and the GOP are stupid beyond words.

MTF on May 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I’m just wondering about these Dreamers. How do they determine when and under what circumstances the “Dreamer” came into the country? I’m just saying. I don’t think they punch some kind of clock when they sneak across the border.

I think the reality is: anybody who meets those age qualifications gets the “Dreamer” designation, whether their parents brought them when they were 10, or whether they voluntary sneak in at age 25 and just tell the authorities they qualify as a Dreamer.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I would guess that if they can present some kind of school records that show they were attending in the US, that would help “qualify” them.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

How will they do background checks?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

What do you think those thousands of people at Serco are going to do? They will process Amnesty papers.

Did you really believe they were hired to process two Obamacare applications a month?

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

So… Spanish is now a critical language?

LASue on May 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

“Actually, it’s difficult to be critical in Spanish since it doesn’t have any adjectives. Very difficult …” — A Wise, Empathetic Latina

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

This isn’t complicated: politicians react to incentives. The better the performance of those who are more ardent defenders of higher taxes, amnesty, socialized health-care, irresponsible fiscal policy, bureaucratic mandated regulations, etc, the more all politicians will be encouraged to trend toward that direction.

The idea that the GOP politicians will shift to the right if Democrats win more is beyond stupid. They’ll do the exact opposite.

joana on May 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I know, right? I mean, just look at that liberal icon Reagan, who followed the success of the left by becoming even more liber… oh, wait…

I mean, look at that conservative icon Clinton, who followed the success of the right by becoming even more conserva… oh, wait.

Or look at that liberal icon Bush, who followed… oh, wait.

Or maybe that conservative icon Obama, who… oh, hell.

WTF are you smoking?

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 6:31 PM

I think I will donate some money to Dave Brat. I very rarely give to politicians, but it would be very sweet to see Cantor and the Wall Street GOP’s crying on primary night.

Mark1971 on May 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

A bill hasn’t been marked up yet, which would take weeks to do, so mid June is not possible.

On second thought, I’m not so sure you’re right. I’ll add an update anyway flagging your point.

Allahpundit on May 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

What indications do we have this POS piece of legislation will go through a “normal” committee process??? It won’t cuz Boner and his leadership team (ha) don’t and won’t welcome the scrutiny nor the feedback that a normal process would invite…

Gohawgs on May 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

How will they do background checks?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

What do you think those thousands of people at Serco are going to do? They will process Amnesty papers.

Did you really believe they were hired to process two Obamacare applications a month?

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Yes, I do.

And I believe they’ll now hire three times as many taxpayer-funded employees to handle the amnesty paperwork.

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I would guess that if they can present some kind of school records that show they were attending in the US, that would help “qualify” them.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

That won’t be a problem , teachers unions all over will get that done on a priority basis by hiring those jerks from east Anglia U.

burrata on May 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

So, the dreamers come out of the shadows. What happens to their illegal parents?

Cheese Wheel on May 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

This isn’t complicated: politicians react to incentives. The better the performance of those who are more ardent defenders of higher taxes, amnesty, socialized health-care, irresponsible fiscal policy, bureaucratic mandated regulations, etc, the more all politicians will be encouraged to trend toward that direction.

The idea that the GOP politicians will shift to the right if Democrats win more is beyond stupid. They’ll do the exact opposite.

joana on May 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Excuse me, but we elected these jackholes and put them in the majority. Therefore, by your lights, they should be moving right. Yet, here they are going left anyway.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Channeling Dandy Don Meredith….time for your swan song, Don…

bimmcorp on May 30, 2014 at 6:35 PM

So, the dreamers come out of the shadows. What happens to their illegal parents?

Cheese Wheel on May 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

More freebies???

bimmcorp on May 30, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I think I will donate some money to Dave Brat. I very rarely give to politicians, but it would be very sweet to see Cantor and the Wall Street GOP’s crying on primary night.

Mark1971 on May 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I wish I had some money that I could donate because I agree with you. I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted to see a GOP pol go down more than I want to see Cantor fall.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I’ve never been a third party guy but it seems that time is here.

Big Orange on May 30, 2014 at 6:40 PM

That picture of Boehner…gah! Those dead, soulless eyes; like a doll’s eyes.

squint on May 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Oh hell no- my son has been trying for 3 years to get in the Army and an old citation for possession from 5 years ago has kept his enlistment from going through… They tell us that they have a zero defect policy now and that anyone can be rejected for any blemish… I would think being here illegally would qualify as a stain

whatabunchoflosers on May 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

I would think being here illegally would qualify as a stain

whatabunchoflosers on May 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Not in ObamaWorld. It’s now an achievement.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

It’s not the substance of it that’s so egregious

Actually, it is.

Stoic Patriot on May 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Not in ObamaWorld. It’s now an achievement.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

“Proven expertise in infiltration and invasion”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM

would allow some undocumented immigrants with critical language or medical skills to enlist in the armed forces

Someone explain to me what critical language or medical skill is a poor uneducated 18 year old sneaking over the border likely to have?

Is now the time for people to try and convince us that we’ll be worse off if we sit out the election? How we should get over the reality that once again the GOP is shafting us but “it could be worse?”

The GOP will not change until they are positive there will be negative consequences. Some shifted a little right in response to the TP but they’ve forgotten who helped win the seats in the House.

katiejane on May 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

So, the dreamers come out of the shadows. What happens to their illegal parents?

Cheese Wheel on May 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

What’s a matta with you – the GOP believes in family so of course we’ll just have to approve those illegal parents also. And then there is nina & uncle Pablo who are suffering back home. /s

katiejane on May 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

I can’t decide if Boner is a mole that has been bought and paid for by the COC or if he is being blackmailed. I’ve never been a conspiracy nut but I’m really starting to wonder if the NSA has been used to blackmail our fine Republican reps. Every key branch of the civil service has been corrupted, politicized, and militarized. The progs have been caught red-handed colluding against ordinary citizens. How big of a stretch is it for them to use the NSA as a weapon?

Ms. Anthrope on May 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

It’s going to be 108°f on Wednesday.

I’ll do my best to update the dead scorched body count this summer.

It’s gonna be a record year.

wolly4321 on May 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

They pass amnesty and the Republicans have lost my vote. Pretty simple.

NOBODY in Washington is looking out for the American worker today. Nobody.

xNavigator on May 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Boy, that Tree of Liberty is getting mighty thirsty out there. Not just for water either. Shots of Jack’s or Maker’s Mark is more like it.

Brian in Titletown on May 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

a party that’s as committed to serving its masters in the business lobby as the GOP is should be willing to brave that risk.

These people keep lying to you on the assumption that you’ll eat an infinite amount of garbage and then still happily pull the lever for them in November. It won’t stop until you stop. So stop.


I am ALMOST speechless …

… it is so unlike you to make such a clear “red meat” post … and on a Friday, no less!

However, let’s go back and parse the source with italics – just to make it a little clearer:

Some advocates who’ve met recently with Boehner say he’s talking like he might try for an immigration vote in mid-June.


Which is completely worthless on the face of it.

Maybe some of the advocates are trying to force Boehner’s hand.

Maybe Boehner is as quivering a mass of jelly when he’s double dealing as when he is “standing up to Obama”.

What’s the worst that could happen if you stay home?


Ask President Romney.

P.S. Love the fire, AP; but if Boehner et al do something that costs the GOPe the Senate and, potentially, the House – he not only WON’T be Speaker, there will probably be some embarassing revelations that cause him to resign and NOT get a cushy K Street job.

PolAgnostic on May 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

You give up to easily Allah. Yeah, voting counts. But so does getting up off your dead damned ass and HITTING THE PHONE LINES!

Remember what happened the last time amnesty got pushed? Land-line overload.

GarandFan on May 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I can’t decide if Boner is a mole that has been bought and paid for by the COC or if he is being blackmailed. I’ve never been a conspiracy nut but I’m really starting to wonder if the NSA has been used to blackmail our fine Republican reps. Every key branch of the civil service has been corrupted, politicized, and militarized. The progs have been caught red-handed colluding against ordinary citizens. How big of a stretch is it for them to use the NSA as a weapon?

Ms. Anthrope on May 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Nah. Boehner is a well-documented drunk, chain smoker, and cryer. I don’t think the NSA could come up with anything that could possibly embarrass him.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Who says that a whole bunch of independents won’t win in November if both Republicans and Dems are pro amnesty?

Decaf on May 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Oh hell no-my son has been trying for 3 years to get in the Army and an old citation for possession from 5 years ago has kept his enlistment from going through… They tell us that they have a zero defect policy now and that anyone can be rejected for any blemish… I would think being here illegally would qualify as a stain whatabunchoflosers on May 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

When I joined in 89 they begged me to lie about smoking pot so they could put me in the nuke program. I wouldn’t. Still got in. Conventional ET. E5 in 3 years.

wolly4321 on May 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Purge them all. Let God sort them out.

faraway on May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Welcome Allah! Nice to have you join us.

If we had a President Romney, Ryan would have pushed Shamnesty through by now.

I’m so happy I didn’t vote for these bastids!

Jayrae on May 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

AP is having blogger-meltdown. little emotional there AP. we kniew they’d sell us out. why the outrage? and the friday news dump? like you have big friday night plans? come on.

t8stlikchkn on May 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

This will they won’t they is making me sick. Just make up your damn mind so I can make up mine.

El_Terrible on May 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Self-mutilation is considered to be a very serious mental illness in an individual. I see no reason to think it’s any less serious in a nation and the U.S.A. has certainly become a self-mutilating nation.

VorDaj on May 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Eric Cantor needs to lose his primary. That would be a good start.

KCB on May 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

That would be an awesome start. Think of how shocking it will be if Dave Brat defeats him.

cat_owner on May 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

If we had a President Romney, Ryan would have pushed Shamnesty through by now.

I’m so happy I didn’t vote for these bastids!

Jayrae on May 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

McCain, yes. A Romney win though, doubtful.

The entire push for amnesty is based on Romney’s loss. The night of the election, many pundits were saying that the Latino vote controls the White House, and that the GOP needed amnesty to have any chance of winning again.

I think Ed’s first post the next day was something like “I guess we gotta pass amnesty.” Romney wins, the meme is dead.

El_Terrible on May 30, 2014 at 7:08 PM

You’ve got me red-handed on poor wording, not on the basic point. The AP reporter didn’t say there’d be a vote in mid-June; I said that in the headline, but what I meant was that they were going to begin pushing a bill in mid-June with a vote eventually to follow. That’s my point about unaccountability: They could have pushed this months ago. Why did they wait until after the primaries?

Allahpundit on May 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The AP reporter in her tweet says directly about a possible vote in mid-June.

And the primaries are not over. They’re not officially over until September, however, for GOP incumbents, they’re over in August, which is when Congress will be in summer recess. They won’t be back until after Labor Day.

Besides, Boehner’s BFF, Eric Cantor, has a tough primary on June 10. Does Boehner want to jeopardize that by debating this issue during his primary?

sentinelrules on May 30, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Establishment Republicans must be stopped. They are the enemy, pure and simple. We cannot allow immigration reform to be passed by this group of corrupt, in-the-pocket-of-Big-Business, Big-Government RINOs. Make your voices heard. These criminals are complicit in the destruction of our country. We have been blind too long. They are not our friends and they are more and more brazen about telling us so. Wake up and rise up.

Lightspeed on May 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Will the payoff check clear by then Weasel Boy?

viking01 on May 30, 2014 at 7:17 PM

and of course that whole latino being the key to winning was proven a sham. very soon after that election night freak out. if romney had gotten 70% of the latino vote he still would have lost. latinos are a non factor in national elections. and no one has explained the asian vote yet. why do they vote 70% dem. is THAT amnesty?? what a bunch of crap this whole thing is.

t8stlikchkn on May 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

When I joined in 89 they begged me to lie about smoking pot so they could put me in the nuke program. I wouldn’t. Still got in. Conventional ET. E5 in 3 years.
wolly4321 on May 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

We had his record expunged- record is squeaky clean like it never happened- we wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be an issue and the attorneys and judge assured us that it would never be seen again… except for when the background check came back with it on there- found out quickly that when it comes to the government, nothing ever goes away or escapes notice

whatabunchoflosers on May 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Endgame.

Don’t be foolish AP this is just the start of the real game.

DFCtomm on May 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

El_Terrible on May 30, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I never bought the corrupt gopE’s BS for a minute. That was just their excuse for why they had to shove another moderate in our face.

I live in Florida. We don’t buy the Amnesty spin since Screwbio.

I also know that Romney would have shoved Cap and Trade in your face by now. Wall Street wants carbon trading.

Jayrae on May 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

How will they do background checks?

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Of course. Got a MS13/Norteno/Sureno/Sinaloa/etc tattoo and you’re in like Flynn.

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

John does not want another republican president for some reason. John wants to bankrupt America with the middle class having to pay for millions more poor people.

Republican leadership should come out with their contract with America pledge and have it state, Lots and Lots and Lots and Lots of debt is a good thing.

BroncosRock on May 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

The entire push for amnesty is based on Romney’s loss. The night of the election, many pundits were saying that the Latino vote controls the White House, and that the GOP needed amnesty to have any chance of winning again.

I think Ed’s first post the next day was something like “I guess we gotta pass amnesty.” Romney wins, the meme is dead.

El_Terrible on May 30, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I’m calling BS on this one.

The amnesty/lost the Hispanic vote/oh woe is us meme was all set up and ready to go the morning after the 2012 election.

It was not spontaneous and it was quickly debunked factually, yet it has been firmly clutched to the breast of all the hardcore CofC lovin’ GOPe pols and pundits.

Not because it was true, but because it is false.

Had Romney won, the will-o-the-wisp Latino vote would have been blamed for down ticket losses, for the razor-thin edge by which Romney won… whatever. The cronyists and the statists want an open border and plenty of cheap warm bodies and it matters little which party delivers it to them.

Dolce Far Niente on May 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Let’s assume that a significant portion of the old GOP base stays home or votes Democratic in 2014 to punish the GOP for passing amnesty. A large enough percentage that the GOP realizes that’s what has happened (and also the Dems, who are perfectly capable of out-flanking the GOP to the right in districts where they can do that). Now…

The idea that the GOP politicians will shift to the right if Democrats win more is beyond stupid. They’ll do the exact opposite.

joana on May 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Then the Republicans will suffer even more severely in 2016. In fact, they might even come in third, behind the new conservative party that is inevitably going to emerge by the end of 2014 if the GOP does this thing. The GOP really seems to have no idea… or really doesn’t care.

de rigueur on May 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Incidentally, if you can’t bear to pull the lever again for the GOP, don’t stay home.

Vote 3rd party or write in your mother-in-law, but at least vote harmlessly, so that the excuse that it was just a bad turnout year for the Republicans is destroyed.

Give the bastiches no satisfaction; rub their noses in those TruCon votes they despised (hey joana! give us a gratuitous insult, why doncha?)

We can then enjoy the fast pace and fuller flavor of Dem-style statism as opposed to the more pallid and flaccid ‘Pubbie version.

Dolce Far Niente on May 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Not voting in 2014 — not helping one damned republican because there’s just no difference between the two parties anymore. When are we going to form a new party and let the republican party die a deserved death?

Conservchik on May 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

The idea that the GOP politicians will shift to the right if Democrats win more is beyond stupid. They’ll do the exact opposite.

joana on May 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Truthier.

Dolce Far Niente on May 30, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Wave goodbye to your wave election, BOehNER!

SMACKRUNNER on May 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

ANY amnesty prevents me from voting republican in 2016 and beyond. I will not sanction my murderer

and to be perfectly clear, if it does not require illegals to leave the country and restore our sovereignty IT IS AMNESTY.

do not vote for anybody who will not sign the FAIR Task force pledge to support American citizens over illegals.
http://fairtaskforce.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FCTF_questionnaire.pdf

great stuff here:
VIDEO: Dave Brat Tells the Truth About Eric Cantor on Amnesty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abcSI7qhCVw

Garyinaz66 on May 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

ANY amnesty prevents me from voting republican in 2016 2014 and beyond
Garyinaz66 on May 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

ooops had to fix it, if they pass it at anytime, never a vote again after.

Garyinaz66 on May 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Endgame.

Don’t be foolish AP this is just the start of the real game.

DFCtomm on May 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM


Amen.

AP, when you see them fighting the “Second Battle of Long Island”

THAT will be the Endgame.

PolAgnostic on May 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Good article, Allahpundit.

jaime on May 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

They continue to cross our border in droves – even their little ones with assistance from the cartels.

We’re broke. We don’t have enough jobs. Taxes, food, and energy prices are rising with no end in sight. Americans are truly a 2nd class citizen now.
This ill-conceived, underhanded move will permanently damage the US and effectively wipe-out the middle-class in a few short years. These illegals do not share conservative values in the financial sense – they are by in large massive gov’t consumers and will continue to feed on our meager finances unabated.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Donk-o-phants on the Hill and with their successful kabuki play coming to a close, we are left with no viable political party and/or politician to do the right thing and prevent this catastrophe.

Misery will be shared equally in our new socialist Utopia, and these illegals will wonder why the hell they came here – perhaps too stupid to understand they were a major cause of our decline or clever enough to recognize their mission is accomplished. Hey, at least they have a 2nd home to go back to – most Americans just have one.

StubbornGreenBurros on May 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

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