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Obama Runs Gang Of Eight Bill From White House

From the Daily Caller:

Obama runs immigration bill from White House, according to new report

By Neil Munro | June 17, 2013

The White House is playing a larger role in developing the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill than its supporters publicly admit, according to a forthcoming article in The New Yorker.

“‘No decisions are being made without talking to us about it,’ the official said of the Gang of Eight negotiations … ‘This does not fly if we’re not O.K. with it,’” a senior Obama official told author Ryan Lizza for the pending article.

(Which is now excerpted online. The rest is subscription only.)

White House officials also believe the emerging bill will be a huge success for President Barack Obama.

“If a Gang of Eight-style bill is signed into law by the President, it will probably be one of the top five legislative accomplishments in the last twenty years,” the official said. “It’s a huge piece of business.”

The report points out other evidence of close White House involvement.

For example, Obama met with four top Democrats pushing the bill on Thursday, and a White House spokesman said earlier that White House lawyers are participating in the drafting of the bill.

But Obama and White House officials have kept a low profile to avoid deterring GOP cooperation.

However, they expect to seize the credit from Latinos once a bill is signed, the New Yorker article said. “We’re not worried about short-term political credit. We’ll get plenty of it if it gets signed,” the official told The New Yorker…

As usual, Obama prefers to ‘lead from behind.’ Until the time comes to take credit. That way he can escape all of the blame, but be sure to gets all of the praise.

The New Yorker article also highlights unflattering statements and infighting among the GOP side of the Gang of Eight Senators, including Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham,  Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida’s former Republican governor, Jeb Bush.

During a debate over guest-worker rules, “Rubio sided with the Chamber against the construction workers,” according to the article.

“There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it,” a Rubio aide told Lizza. ‘“There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly,” said the aide.

Which sure makes it sound like Rubio thinks Americans are losing jobs to illegal aliens because they are too damn fat and lazy to compete with them.

McCain also complained to Sen. Chuck Schumer, the leading Democrat in the gang, about Rubio’s tactics to win support from other GOP.

“Schumer often found himself mediating disputes between Rubio and McCain, who felt that Rubio’s public statements sometimes positioned him positively with [GOP] conservatives at the expense of the Gang,” said the article. “McCain would call Schumer and fume, ‘Look what Rubio’s doing!’”

Why doesn’t McCain just become a Democrat and stop the pretense?

An aide to Rubio dismised [sic] the New Yorker article, but did not deny the quotes.

“Sen. Rubio declined to participate in the piece, and our office strongly objected to the magazine using the background quotes like they did because they misrepresented the Senator’s position,” the aide told Politico…

Well, the quote is bad enough.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Runs Gang Of Eight Bill From White House”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Amnesty Bill
    Obama Care
    What could go wrong?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Hey Rubio … how you liking the lube, bubba? What’s that? No lube? You freaking rookie …

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