I hope your lack of mentioning Begich and Pryor’s votes for the Gang of Eight’s Schumer-Rubio immigration bill (sorry if I missed it) doesn’t foreshadow the GOP failing to use these inexcusable votes against them.
The alleged popularity of Schumer-Rubio is a sham, because the way it is presented to the public by Obama, it’s Congressional supporters, the media, and pollsters is not reflective of what it actually is. Americans have been presented with a pretty, fantasy version of a very ugly bill. It won’t end illegal immigration. The allegedly tough enforcement mechanisms and measures are mostly at the whim of the President and his Homeland Security chief. Criminal illegal aliens can get on the path to citizenship. And worst of all, Schumer-Rubio would massively increase already mass levels of legal immigration.
It’s stunning really that this last part - the huge increase in legal immigration the bill would unleash - has received so little attention. I mean, it’s not surprising that Schumer, Rubio, Graham, McCain, Obama, and other champions of the bill don’t ever mention it. It’s also not surprising that the worthless mainstream media has not informed the public about it. It’s not even surprising that allegedly conservative Fox News has been negligent here. But it’s surprising and disheartening that Republicans have not made this a centerpiece of the campaign against this brand of ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’
A strong majority of Americans oppose increasing legal immigration. More Americans support reducing legal immigration than support increasing it. And here are the Democrats - Begich and Pryor included - voting for a bill that wouldn’t just increase immigration by a little bit, but instead would result in tens of millions additional legal immigrants over the millions we’d already admit. This is ripe for use against the Democrats. Cotton and whoever emerges as the GOP challenger in Alaska, North Carolina, Louisiana, and other states would be crazy not to use it.
And Jeff Sessions isn’t just okay; he’s one of the best we’ve got. He has done a better job than anyone in the Senate in trying to expose the monstrosity that is Schumer-Rubio.
I agree totally that the Obamacare votes must be used against these red state Democrats, but their votes for Schumer-Rubio could be just as devastating if the GOP is smart enough to use it against them.
I doubt Begich’s support for amnesty will have an impact in Alaska. It’s not much of an issue there, as Canadians aren’t pouring across the border.
In Arkansas however, you’re 100% correct. Amnesty is a good issue to use against Pryor because it remains overwhelmingly unpopular among salt of the earth men and women having their jobs stolen.
Sessions is a fierce conservative, especially on immigration, its just his conservative rating across the board is usually a little lower than McConnell’s (high 70s to low 80s). I’m not sure why that is. I would assume its some economic issues.