Er … yeah. I hadn’t thought of it that way. The time for talk is over. The time for amnesty has begun.
It’s so crazy it just. might. work.
Graham, along with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), met with Obama to update him on their efforts to advance immigration reform legislation. During the meeting, Graham said he made it clear to the president that the already difficult task of passing immigration reform becomes even harder when reconciliation is in play.
“I expressed, in no uncertain terms, my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for the year if health care reconciliation goes forward. For more than a year, health care has sucked most of the energy out of the room. Using reconciliation to push health care through will make it much harder for Congress to come together on a topic as important as immigration,” Graham said in a statement.
The One’s response: Some statesmanlike hemming and hawing punctuated by a reminder that his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is “unwavering.” Then he held a separate meeting with amnesty advocacy groups and came out vowing to have a bipartisan (giggle) “framework” for a bill in place by March 21. Which is a lovely pander, but as we discussed last night, that’s as far as this trainwreck in the making is getting this year. But never mind that. I’m more interested in Graham’s motivation here. Is this (a) a thinly veiled threat that he’ll walk away from immigration reform if Obama proceeds with reconciliation? (b) A simple statement of fact, that bipartisan relations will be poisoned by such a raw show of political power on an issue as hot-button as health care? (c) A devilish ploy to try to peel off members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus by convincing them that a vote for O-Care is a de facto vote to kill immigration reform next year? Or (d) a sincere appraisal by a heartfelt amnesty shill that Democratic shenanigans on health care are going to kill his dream? I know which way I’m betting.
Exit question: Will Rush be pushing amnesty on tomorrow’s show? Operation Chaos, take two!