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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

If you want to get a sense of what the rest of 2014 will look like, watch this debate from Fox News Sunday, in which talk-radio host Laura Ingraham gets all talk radio on George F. Will, who makes the establishment GOP argument in favor of immigration reform.

Ingraham’s argument peaks with the absurd “why have borders at all?”

Right-wing fire breathers like Ingraham and Michelle Malkin haven’t been fooled by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) insisting that immigration reform can’t happen unless they trust President Obama.

While many have insisted this means reform is dead for this year, The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent points out that this dance is meant to appease the base, which will never tolerate reform. Simultaneously, it signals to those Republicans who know they need reform to be competitive in 2016 and beyond that he’s still working on a proposal that might be able to pass both houses of Congress. But if he can’t, it’s Obama’s fault! #tcot

Republicans’ biggest problem is that Democrats keep saying yes. They said yes to the House disregarding the Senate’s bipartisan bill and yes to doing reform piecemeal. On Sunday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Boehner’s bluff and announced Democrats would be willing to delay implementation of the law until after President Obama leaves office.

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  • Sand_Cat

    As usual, the Democrats are willing to give away the store and every principle their supporters believe in, and – fortunately – Republicans are too stupid and fanatical to accept.
    No wonder it takes the Dems control of both houses, the presidency, and 20 years to undo the damage done by a GOP president with a divided Congress in 4.

    • James Bowen

      This is one bill thing that is so bad that the GOP should not accept it no matter what. The Democrats should not accept it either for that matter.

  • Bill Thompson

    As far as I am concerned this can only be seen as a positive for the Democratic Party. Once again the Republicans will do everything in their power to alienate the Hispanic community. The real test will come on election day will the Hispanic community, one register to vote, two vote. The 2014 elections could be disastrous, if both the black community and the Hispanic community does not get out and vote.

    • James Bowen

      Hispanics do not vote for Democrats based on immigration, they vote for Democrats due to socioeconomic factors that make them a natural constituency for the Democratic Party (i.e. they tend to be poor compared to the rest of the population). Romney’s share of the Hispanic vote was not much different than McCain’s, who is about the most pro-amnesty Republican there is in Congress.

  • howa4x

    The GOP’s problem is that they have become the democratic party of post Viet-Nam with many factions going off in many directions. As long as Roger Alies holds on to the mic he has undo influence on the party’s direction. As long as the Koch bros control the purse strings they have undo influence. The Tea party has pulled off a successful coup on the primary process, and libertarians are pulling in a completely different direction. Moderates as a group are shrinking. Each group has an audience and followers. The base is getting older and they are not attracting the younger audience. Immigration reform just highlights where the cracks and fissures are. I’m pessimistic they will get it together since groups like the talking heads make more money when the other side wins, and don’t want compromise. Better to be on offense than defense, is their motto. It is a party turning in on itself and will not coalesce by 2016.

    • James Bowen

      The people you mention, Roger Ailes, and the Kochs, are all pro-amnesty. The opposition to amnesty and immigration increases does not just come from the right–much of it in fact comes from the middle.

      • howa4x

        My intent was to show how Alies and Koch bros drive the adgenda

        • James Bowen

          Copy that.

  • James Bowen

    This article is based on a false premise–that opposition of amnesty and immigration increases only comes from the far right. The opposition is actually much, much broader than that. It includes moderates, blacks, unions members, middle class workers, etc. About the only supporters this has, aside from a few naive left of center activists, is the 1%. They are the ones that are pushing so aggressively for this, and the one thing this article gets right is that it hints at that with its statement about how badly donors want this. After all, they stand to profit hugely from an endless supply of cheap labor. We must do whatever it takes to stop amnesty and immigration increases.