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The Hill: GOP Battles Base Over Amnesty Plans

From The Hill:

GOP battles base on immigration

By Molly K. Hooper | 02/04/14

House Republican leaders are facing a disconnect on immigration with their grassroots base. Much of the GOP base sees Republican principles on immigration as granting amnesty to illegal immigrants because they would provide a legal basis for them to stay and work in the country.

How can anyone see it any other way? If people are legally working in this country and paying their taxes, how can the government deny them the right to vote? That would amount to ‘taxation without representation.’ Which our ancestors fought a revolution over.

Anyway, once again we have the irony watching Obama threatening bypass Congress, while the Republican leadership is hell-bent on bypassing its base. Maybe it’s time to remind Congress that we the people also have ‘a phone and a pen.’ And, on top of that, we have a vote every two years.

The grass roots erupted last week even before the principles were floated to rank-and-file members, with anger fueled by talk radio and conservative websites.

The grass roots didn’t need to have their anger fueled. They have been angry about amnesty every time Congress tries to pull it.

GOP lawmakers who want to move forward say their leadership needs to do a better job of communicating, but the disconnect over the meaning of amnesty suggests their differences might be unbridgeable.

Is it like Bill Clinton’s disconnect over the meaning of the word ‘is’?

As Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his deputies last week attempted to coax their conference to act on immigration, prominent conservatives were making a lot of noise. Right-wing author and commentator Ann Coulter wrote that Republicans are committing political suicide. Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard questioned why Republicans are moving forward on an issue that divides the party during an election year. And The Drudge Report posted a doctored photo of Boehner wearing a sombrero…

That was doctored?

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) said sarcastically, “It’s kind of [conservative media] to criticize us for something we haven’t done yet … which means we don’t have a plan yet, all people were talking about was ideas — so jumping to conclusions is premature.” …

Perhaps we should all wait to have it sprung on as as a fait accompli. (As they have tried to do in years past with amnesty.)

Asked to comment on Coulter’s contention that the party is committing suicide, Bishop paused before responding, “We haven’t yet.” …

Has Mr. Bishop noticed that Tea Party SuperPacs raised three times more money than the Republican SuperPacs last year? Laugh that off.

Other GOP lawmakers waved their hands in frustration, noting that the conference simply “discussed” the contentious issue…

Some GOP lawmakers worry that the message will get muddled while popular conservative talk radio hosts and opinion leaders, including Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, rip the GOP conference for broaching the lightning rod issue. More than a few Republicans are worried about how immigration will play in their primaries…

Somehow we just knew it would be the fault of talk radio. Just like Obama says.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman acknowledged that the conservative media is “going to have an influence” on the base.

And boy do they hate that.

But he added that that his leaders have not articulated their message clearly. “It’s because we are talking about it the wrong way. There is no amnesty. That should be the first line. We are not for amnesty, we are for controlling the border,” the Indiana Republican lawmaker said…

By and large, Republicans want to keep the public’s focus on the economy and the problems plaguing ObamaCare…

Which is why they are constantly talking about amnesty immigration reform.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “The Hill: GOP Battles Base Over Amnesty Plans”

  1. So, the essence is sh*t rolls downhill

  2. Asked to comment on Coulter’s contention that the party is committing suicide, Bishop paused before responding, “We haven’t yet.” … Which implies they’re going to at some point, just not yet. What an idiot.

    …conservative media is “going to have an influence” on the base.
    What happened to the “news” media reporting “news”? The base is against amnesty. What’s so hard for the GOP worms to understand?


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