Skip to comments.Senator (Jeff Sessions) Tries to Run Out the Clock on Immigration
Posted on 06/18/2013 9:22:24 AM PDT by reaganaut1
WASHINGTON Senator Jeff Sessions, an elfin Alabamian with a mischievous smile and a relentless approach to legislative battle, has a theory about the sweeping immigration bill pending in the Senate: Its as good as dead.
The longer it lays in the sun, the more it smells, as they say about the mackerel, said Mr. Sessions, the Republican enthusiastically leading the opposition to a bill others on his side of the aisle see as vital to the very future of the Republican Party.
If that sounds familiar to the immigration rights advocates who have been pressing an overhaul since 2006, it should. As sunlight falls on the mackerel, it begins to smell more and more, Mr. Sessions said in 2007 as he successfully waged war on a previous immigration bill, championed by President George W. Bush and pushed forward by his partys most senior leaders.
In 2006, the dead-mackerel theory played out for the first time as Mr. Sessions helped churn an immigration bill written by the Capitol Hill titans Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and John McCain of Arizona into Senate chum.
Advocates of the legislation Republicans and Democrats insist this time will be different. The Republican drubbing in November among Latino voters, the shifting demographics of the American electorate, and the rise of telegenic champions of the immigration changes like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, both Republicans, have changed the stakes as well as the political equation.
But in Mr. Sessions, they face an opponent with experience, one who reminds his staff every day that passage of immigration legislation was supposed to be inevitable in 2006 as well, and even more so in 2007.
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“an elfin Alabamian with a mischievous smile”
Has this writer ever described a democrat in a similar way??
Any Republican that votes for this bill is an idiot.
Leave it to the Slimes.
I love Sessions and hope he's correct!
Any demonicRAT that votes for this bill is a traitor.
There are. Better even.
>... Alabamian with a mischievous smile
That’s a smile I’d like to see in the White House.
I don’t think Jeff caves on his principles.
However they are few and far between.
Whereas a Cruz or a Lee or a Paul will make a libtard head explode, Sessions will just politely eviscerate them and remove their stuffing.
He is a competent jurist with a keen mind. I believe he was once on the short list as a SCOTUS nominee, but was forced to withdraw when the libtards threatened a filibuster. I'll bet some of them have come to regret it.
How sweet is was then for Fat Boy to ultimately have to deal with Senator Sessions on the Judiciary Committee.
Karma is what it is...
Then we make every effort to change that asap.
an elfin Alabamian = NY Timesspeak for “an effing Bible Belt Conservative”
All things considered Republicans continue to be highly competitive politically.
Sessions knows that. He understands that each Senator also understands his own state's demographic distribution even if he has no idea what's going on nationally.
Sessions runs out the clock while he's making converts even in enemy lines.
The official excuse was some disparaging but entirely accurate remarks that Sessions once made about the NAACP.
> “The Republican drubbing in November among Latino voters, ...”
Republicans were not drubbed by Latinos because Latinos made up 8.7% of the registered voters of which a little more than half turned out to vote. Even if all Latino voters had turned out they would not have locked in the election for democrats.
> “...the shifting demographics of the American electorate, ...”
A lot of deception has accompanied demographic statistics on latinos.
> “...and the rise of telegenic champions of the immigration changes like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, both Republicans, have changed the stakes as well as the political equation.”
Rubio and Ryan are GOPe foster children. They are neither telegenic nor are they champions.
Refreshing isn’t he?
Jeff is a good man and very smart. He keeps asking “ What will this immigration bill do for Americans?” No one answers that question. He has the ability to keep it simple. Makes Libs an Rinos crazy.
“The official excuse was some disparaging but entirely accurate remarks that Sessions once made about the NAACP.”
Horrors, how could anyone disparage the NAALCP?