Boehner is right that there is a perception among Republican lawmakers that the Obamacare implementation hasn’t just been hapless, but that it has involved serious abuses of administrative discretion. Yet it is also true that the Gang of Eight in the Senate has alienated many conservatives with a closed process that has seems to have involved more input from industry than from rank-and-file Republican constituents. The clumsiness of FWD.us, the Silicon Valley-backed pro-immigration advocacy group that clumsily established a conservative wing (“Americans for a Conservative Direction”) and an affiliate devoted to attracting progressives and independents (“Council for American Job Growth”), seemed emblematic of a larger failure to take the concerns of blue-collar conservatives seriously. Provisions of the Senate immigration bill designed to placate conservatives (mandating the payment of back taxes, English language proficiency requirements, etc.) were either unworkable or were undermined by loopholes. Conservative senators associated with Gang of Eight effort saw their reputations tarnished, thus deterring others from taking up their cause.
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