If you’ve ever watched A&E’s Intervention, you know exactly what’s going on with the Republican Party.
Near the end of each episode, the addict is finally cornered by friends and family. They each take a turn laying out how the addiction has hurt both the addict and them. They explain that they have an amazing opportunity for their beloved addict, a way out. Treatment and forgiveness is available if the addict can say just one word: “Yes.”
Then — if it’s a good episode — the addict blasts each loved one for betrayal, tears off the microphone and bolts off toward some strip mall to call a dealer.
In the aftermath of comprehensive immigration reform passing the Senate, House Republicans are bolting. In fact, that retreat into their addiction began before the Senate passed their bill with 68 votes.
“The House has no capacity to move that bill,” said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), the GOP’s deputy whip, Thursday morning. “It just won’t happen. It’s a pipe dream to think that bill will go to the floor.”
And it only got worse from there.
Sarah Palin — appearing on Fox News Thursday from some location where they didn’t have lighting — scored one of the LOLs of the year after bashing Republicans for going along with a bill that she said was “Pelosi’d” through.
Asked if she and talk show host Mark Levin were willing to start a third party, the Freedom Party, to show their displeasure with the GOP, the half-term governor said:
I love the name of that party — the ‘Freedom Party.’ And if the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and Reagan, then yeah, more and more of us are going to start saying, ‘You know, what’s wrong with being independent,’ kind of with that libertarian streak that much of us have.
Palin added on her Facebook page that amnesty doesn’t respect “the rule of law.”
Of course, the one president who ever granted what the GOP calls “amnesty” was Ronald Reagan.
Conservatives say that the Gipper was tricked! He was promised border security, which he, and later President George H.W. Bush, never bothered to enact. And when House Republicans were shutting down the government in the 90s, they never mentioned border security.
Securing the border didn’t become a Republican obsession until the 2007 immigration fight, as news of America becoming a minority-majority country had seeped into the water table.
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