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Politico Says Amnesty Is Headed For A Slow Death

From the Politico:

Immigration reform heads for slow death

By MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI | July 9, 2013

Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics. Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse.

Shouldn’t this gladden the cockles of the Politico’s hearts?

In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House. Like with background checks for gun buyers, the conventional wisdom that the party would never kill immigration reform, and risk further alienating Hispanic voters, was always wrong —

Lest we forget, the Politico and the rest of our news media told us new gun control laws were inevitable. Until they weren’t. And the same exact thing is happening with amnesty.

[A]nd ignored the reality that most House Republicans are white conservatives representing mostly white districts.

Who are the racists here?

These members, and the vast majority of their voters, couldn’t care less whether Marco Rubio, Bill O’Reilly and Karl Rove say this is smart politics and policy…

The Politico is incensed that people aren’t taking their marching orders from Bill O’Reilly!

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) held a town meeting last week where 25 of the 100 people spoke out on immigration — and every single one of them argued for staying clear of anything remotely resembling the Senate-passed bill…

Which is why the Democrats wanted to ram amnesty through Congress before the August recess, when everyone holds town meetings.

“Our constituents don’t trust our government,” Cotton said. And he is reluctant to pass even pieces of immigration reform that he thinks are needed — like a better tracking system for people in the country on visas — because he is concerned they could become “a Trojan horse in a conference committee for a package that puts legalization first and enforcement later.”

Which is why the House should not pass any ‘immigration’ bill. Because no matter what it says, the Senate will pervert it into an amnesty bill in conference.

Top Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill see the momentum swinging decidedly against getting a deal this Congress. Rubio persuaded only 13 fellow Republican senators to back the bill; the editors of the National Review and Weekly Standard offered a rare, joint editorial in opposition to it this week; and private GOP headcounts show only a small fraction of House Republicans would ever vote for anything approximating the Senate deal.

That’s not what we have been told by other outlets.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a leader of the House’s hell-no-on-immigration-reform caucus, held a jam-packed meeting Monday night to walk through why his party should proudly defeat the bipartisan bill. King said the Senate’s immigration plan would help “elites who want cheap labor, Democratic power brokers, and those who hire illegal labor.”

“It would hurt Republicans, and I don’t think you can make an argument otherwise,” King said. “Two out of every three of the new citizens would be Democrats.” Some might dismiss this as the rantings of a bombastic right-winger — but his take is mainstream theology among House Republicans.

In other words, House Republicans are all ‘bombastic right wingers’. — This is what the Politico calls journalism.

It’s possible Republicans will change their minds, listen to Rubio and Paul Ryan, and ultimately agree to something Democrats could live with. But, even if they do, the weeks ahead will show they did it kicking and screaming, undermining much of the credit they might have gotten from Hispanic voters.

Okay. So the Hispanics are lost forever. So why should the Republicans try to do anything?

This drives the Rubio and Roves of the world nuts. A large number of establishment Republicans think their party will seal defeat in 2016 if it cannot move beyond this issue… Mitt Romney lost Hispanics by better than 40 points, and polls consistently show Republicans won’t do much better absent progress on issues Hispanics care most about, starting with immigration laws.

This is another oft-repeated lie. Poll after poll shows that Hispanics put amnesty way down on their list of issues. In fact, it’s usually at the bottom.

Most House Republicans quite frankly don’t care.

First, most represent districts with scant Hispanic populations. They will win or lose based on the views of whites, especially older ones, since that is who votes in their districts in off-year elections…

How despicable it is that older white people have political representation. There ought to be a law.

Second, most Republicans in the House and Senate just don’t believe Hispanics will vote for them in 2014, 2016 and perhaps ever — simply because they backed immigration reform…

Ask any Republican who backed the 1986 amnesty. Ask John McCain.

Third, Republicans think they will look like fools with voters who would seriously think about voting for them if they backed a law predicated on trusting President Barack Obama to carry out tough border security measures.

It’s foolish to trust Obama?

With even the most modest measures facing an uphill fight, getting to a pathway to citizenship — which Democrats will demand be part of any eventual deal — looks like a pipe-dream.

Good. The Republicans should ‘move on.’ The real business of the country has suffered long enough because of this non-crisis, non-issue, that even Hispanics don’t really care about. At least according to every poll.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politico Says Amnesty Is Headed For A Slow Death”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    These members, and the vast majority of their voters, couldn’t care less whether Marco Rubio, Bill O’Reilly and Karl Rove say this is smart politics and policy…

    Marco Rubio badly miscalculated thinking he could pacify hispanics and he took the base for granted. Big Mistake! Karl Rove is in it for the paychecks he’ll draw for the next twenty years against all odds and if Bill O’Reilly rides the fence any harder he’s going to need an ass transplant.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Marco Rubio laid down with slime and will get up to go to work every day knowing he screwed the pooch

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