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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This article is evidence not of impending success by the Amnestistas, but of coming failure. Here's the money quote and it sounds like desperation:
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.
If we were liberals, this tactic would work.
Watch out ... Alabamians might put a statue of Judge Roy Moore in Dupont Circle.
Don’t mess with pickup’s and good ‘ol boys.
“Sessions was probably just playing the politesse game. Theyll grin at each other up there on the Hill, shake hands, slap backs, and then set about finding new and interesting ways to stab each other in the back or screw the rest of us over in the most efficient way possible.
Thats part and parcel of being a politician, from either party.”
Well, I guess you don’t subscribe to Rush’s idea of living in literalville. If it smells like a rose, looks like a rose it must be a rose. That’s literalville.
No, I just understand the game.
And I’m to the point where I don’t believe any of them anymore.
Sessions is the best there is. A true patriot that believes Alabama’s motto to the core of his being. The motto is “We dare defend our rights”. I’d give anything to see him as president.
Thanks reaganaut1, and have a great day, all!
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