Skip to comments.Williams: House GOP walking into a trap
Posted on 05/06/2014 5:46:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
What happens to the House Republican caucus if Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) forces a vote on immigration reform?
Here are three predictions:
1. The bill passes. An overwhelming majority of Republicans vote for it. With Republican primaries finished by June, incumbents will be free from any far-right, anti-immigration threat to their seats. The GOP vote will be so large it will isolate right-wing talk radio hosts and the Tea Party opposition.
2. Boehner strengthens his position as the partys leader in the House. He gains added financial backing from a business community that wants immigration reform. And he rises as a party elder among establishment Republicans, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who recently said people who take the risk of coming to America illegally are engaged in an act of love.
3. A victory will create a legacy for Boehners time as Speaker. He would then be free to resign on a high note.
Forcing a vote is the Speakers only way out of the suffocating political box that recently led him to an emotional outburst against the Tea Party obstructionists who refuse to act on immigration reform.
Speaking in his home district in Ohio over the spring recess, Boehner made news when he mocked the far right of his caucus.
The Speaker put his whole body into it, theatrically grimacing and whining as he told a Rotary Club that some members of his caucus have an infantile attitude on immigration reform and complain: Oh, dont make me do this. Oh, this is too hard!
Boehner later downplayed his public display of contempt. He told reporters the only problem is that he can rib people just a little too much. And he predictably tried to distract attention from the GOP infighting over immigration by attacking the partys favorite whipping boy, President Obama.
The biggest impediment we have in moving immigration reform is that the American people dont trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass, the Speaker told reporters.
In fact, the Speakers outburst is evidence of a strong political instinct sensing approaching disaster for his party.
Obama and the Democrats in Congress have been steadily pulling House Republicans into a trap.
In the last two weeks, the Department of Homeland Security announced it is looking at reducing deportation of illegal immigrants by no longer forcing out immigrants who have no significant criminal record. This is an extension of the presidents earlier support for allowing young people who entered the country illegally but have grown up in the United States and are in school or the military to avoid deportation.
That approach picked up on a 2011 memo by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials that proposed exempting from deportation elderly people, pregnant women, and people in need of medical care for an illness.
Senate Republicans are a step ahead of Boehner in looking down the political road. They see that the Houses lack of action could open the door for Obama to take unilateral action on immigration reform.
The political result would be to make heroes of the president and his congressional allies while leaving Republicans to explain why the Tea Party element in the House refused to deal with the immigration crisis. Such an outcome would cement political loyalty between the growing Latino vote and Democrats. It would also stir the Democrats liberal base for the 2014 midterms.
Trying to prevent that political calamity for the party, a group of 22 Senate Republicans sent a letter to Obama on April 24. They tried to change the narrative by charging the president with near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement, and even allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. and commit preventable crimes harming innocent people.
But the reason the Senate passed an immigration bill last June with support from a group of Republicans is that it included close to $30 billion of increased spending on border security and enforcement of immigration law. That excessive spending, at a time when the southern U.S. border already has a record number of patrol agents, fences, walls, electronic alert systems and drones, gave Republicans the political cover they needed to respond to concern about lax enforcement. In addition, illegal crossings at the southern border are at an all-time low.
Meanwhile, Obama has been able to report that he has enforced the law by deporting more illegal immigrants than any of his predecessors. That has demonstrated the presidents seriousness about abiding by the law to independent voters. It has also cost him with an important constituency. Activists in the Hispanic community have held hunger strikes in front of the Capitol and the White House to protest the record number of deportations.
The pressure is on the president to make himself a hero. Day by day, GOP obstruction is giving him more reason to act. At the moment, House Republicans are giving Obama a political excuse for pushing them out of the way as he throws the entire GOP out into political oblivion. The Speaker can see his partys political doom coming if he does not force a vote.
Oh, Juan!!! That's the media's job!
4. Republicans ram through immigration reform. Tea party wing stays home in November, and the Democrats keep the senate.
How nice of Juan Williams to care soooo much about the Republicans.
Good Hunting... from Varmint Al
Oh goody! More friendly advice to the Pubs from liberals!
It’s a come on.
The Left is cooing in Boner’s ear...Joooohhhnnnn....just do it, John....you’ll be happy, rich and famous John....
Nothing dumb about it. Part of the stroking they’re doing to get Boner to cave.
It’s so easy to tell when the Left is really scared.
“4. Republicans ram through immigration reform. Tea party wing stays home in November, and the Democrats keep the senate.”
That scenario gets my vote.
I should have smoked a big fat doobie before reading that load of bizarre leftist reasoning. Wouldn’t have made any more sense, but I wouldn’t have cared.
I’ve noticed, as with the time preceding every election cycle, that the lefties are very generous with “well meaning” (snigger) advice to help Republicans improve their chances at the polls.
Who would take survival advice from their sworn enemy? Who is that stupid? Republicans.
There will be no overwhelming
Even if the primaries are over, the majority do not want illegal immigrant amnesty.
Has Juan ever been right about anything?
Concern troll is concerned.
Mabe a couple of tea party candidates win this evening and out of fear, immigration reform is put on back burner.
Nice Juan. So good to see your cheerleading for this administration hasn’t abated after 5+ years. By doing what you suggest the GOP will seal its doom by voting for this sham amnesty bill because millons of conservatives will stay home. That’s exactly what you want anyways Juan so stop your fake concern for the welfare of the GOP.
If the House passes immigration reform this year, I am sitting November out no matter how my rep votes. I let him know. He and the party out this failed leadership team back in place. This term despite their massive failure last term. They back stab the base, screw them.
Juan is a really nice guy. He is a long time friend of my brother in law, so I have spent enough time with him to make such a statement.
But, he is so clueless and naive. What he is saying is that if only politicians will surrender to complete corruption within the political process, all will be well in the world. He has no idea how evil those who live in his political world really are.
5. Flooded with socialist refugees who don’t understand socialism is why they needed to be refugees, the Democrats forever dominate federal politics, leaving the Republicans a rump party. The Soviet Union is reborn.
It’s great that Juan is helping out on this issue.
In other words, The investigation is on target.
I guess I’m too old and politically incorrect to use the ‘briar patch’ analogy.
Of course if Cantor is DEFEATED, or only wins by a small margin, in his race, in about a month, Boener/Canter will then have MUCH MORE trouble rounding up Republicans to still support Amnesty, as anti-Amnesty is the centerpiece of David Brat’s campaign to unseat Cantor.
...but can that happen?
5. America goes socialist in the very next election cycle.
6. Civil war.
Which I think is the GOPe Plan. Why else would Boehner be hell-bent on putting this issue up before the elections? I think it's pretty obvious that Boehner has crossed to the dark side and has the same goals as Obama.
Forever. For any office in any jurisdiction.
All I want in the 2014 and the 2016 election is a clear choice between a LIEberal and a Real Conservative!
I am so tired of faux conservatives I could spit!
We have not had such an election in my lifetime. Let us all work to ensure a REAL CHOICE in 2014 and 2016!
I want to know if he bought his wife a handgun after her carjacking the other night?
The Tea Party voters put Boner in the speakers’s chair. He has treated the Tea Party with contempt ever since. I don’t understand how any Tea Party voter could vote for the gopE.
What a steaming pant load.