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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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.