Skip to comments.Jarrett pulls back from suggesting Obama has ‘commitment’ from Boehner on immigration
Posted on 05/16/2014 9:16:03 AM PDT by jimbo123
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett pulled back Friday morning from comments she made suggesting that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) had made a commitment to President Obama to take up immigration legislation this summer.
Jarrett had told an investors conference in Las Vegas on Thursday that she believes that Boehner will allow a comprehensive immigration reform bill, or a package of bills, to come up for a vote after a series of GOP primaries this summer in order to avoid spoiling the chances of some Republican incumbents. Her comments echo the long-held beliefs of some observers of the immigration reform debate that House GOP leaders are merely biding their time until members of the House Republican Conference are in a better political position.
"We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who's very frustrated with his caucus," Jarrett told the crowd, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
By Friday morning, Jarrett was pulling back via Twitter in response to reporting by NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd:
lost in translation-- I said Boehner has made commitment to trying, not that he has made commitment to us or time frame.
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Maybe the lyin’kings gal pal val simply “mis-spoke”. Or just plain old lied. Think I’ll stick with the latter.
A couple of Tea Party victories will do that to you.
and Boehner’s statement clarifying the situation is......
She is one I KNOW is racist and made worse statements than Sterling has so can we force her to be removed from her position? Well of course not; white racism is worse than black racism..../s
An Obamite lying — imagine that.
"I loved, and used, those packages of LOVE-int and background on the Tea Party
that dared to stop our plans. I will always have your back, my beloved King."
I can see how it would be very easy to misconstrue what Boehner said. We all know Speaker Boehner can’t wait to pass comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty, as a series of smaller bills. He’s as much as said so. I assume he’s told the White House he’s trying to get something done this year. That sounds like something he’d say, doesn’t it?
If I tell you I want to try and do something—that I badly WANT to do it—there’s only a small bit of difference between that and making a commitment to do it. If I really wanted to steal your car but didn’t because I was afraid of getting caught, I’m still a thief. Likewise, if I sincerely wanted and lusted after your wife but didn’t try to sleep with her for fear of getting shot if you came home at the wrong time, I’m still an adulterer.
Bottom line: Boehner wants amnesty.
That's why there can be no letting up.
Cigarette Smoking Man: What’s the truth, Agent Mulder?
If these incumbents vote for "comprehensive immigration reform," Reps should stay home. Time to send these bastards a message.
The wizard just realized the the curtain was pulled back and is now going “pay no attention tot he iranian behind the curtain”....
“We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner...”
Doesn’t it appear that GOPe and White House are coordinating their statements? Why would Jarret care to clarify?
and Boehners statement clarifying the situation is......
Well, Bonehead’s spokesman made a statement, here...
I think Bonehead’s facing severe backlash and is just trying to quiet down the plebs. ValJar had to help him put the hush on this. Who knows?
Interesting thing is that Jarrett’s statement may have been a deliberate attempt to tick the GOP base off into staying home, helping ensure Dem retention of the Senate.
She isn’t really known for making gaffes like this. So we presume that the original statement came out exactly as she intended it too. The backtracking is just a way of covering her and the administrations a**es.
That leaves two options. The first is that she inadvertently let slip the existence of a secret deal in a public forum. Again, not something she’s known for.
The other option is, knowing how divisive amnesty is within the GOP. And how riled up the GOP base is over it and the GOPe, she’s trying do some voter suppression by exploiting that division to convince Conservatives to stay home.
I’d probably break the mistake/slip/suppress likelihood ratio down to a 10/30/60 split.
Jarrett backtracked? She still got her talking points out though. You know the 0bots are hitting message boards and social media with what she said as fact to try to put more pressure on repubs to pass amnesty. I quit dealing with 0bots because they are just as power hungry, loyal, and insane as the Nazi party that come to power in Germany in the early 1900’s. I just hope and pray, there is still enough of us that support the Constitution, to defeat these insane power hungry useful idiots.
Summer Recess is from Aug 5th - Sept 6th so Obama and Boehner and Schumer don’t have a lot of time to get an Amnesty Bill passed and into Schumer’s conference. So of course they are coordinating their statements.
Boner is a damn fool if he intends to pass ANY bill that will allow Slimy Reid to strip the guts and shove in his own language ala zerocare.
Knowing Bonehead however, I would not be surprised if it is true.
“That’s why there can be no letting up.”
Agreed. It’s pretty clear what’s going on. It’s often what’s not said that’s just as important as what is said, and the Internet gives us the capability to see piece together what’s going on behind the scenes.
In the military, we’d use the term Essential Elements of Friendly Information (EEFIs) to describe information that wasn’t classified but could be used to indirectly reveal classified information. For example, an order for a lot more fuel, a sudden increase in demand for child care, and more traffic in and out of base are not classified, but that information could point to a classified event.
The Chamber of Commerce suddenly starts talking about how badly they need skilled workers, Jeb Bush starts preaching about how it’s an act of love to come here illegally, the press starts cranking out sob stories about individual illegal aliens, etc. and I’m not supposed to realize there’s there’s a coordinated effort going on behind the scenes? It’s not like these people don’t talk to each other and make plans.
Consider marriage “equality.” There was a time not too long ago when no one used that term. It was always gay marriage before that. Suddenly, everyone’s calling it marriage “equality,” because gay marriage was taking a drubbing in state after state. Tell me that wasn’t a planned marketing change.
Bottom line: the GOPe wants amnesty badly, and they’re working with the left to get it done.
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The immigration issue is really seeming alot like peace in the Middle East. Arafat, even when offered all he wanted, never was satisfied because he wanted to keep it as a dividing tool and political issue. This slip was not accidental.
I think that is exactly the case. You just have to look at what Boehner has said; what Cantor has said; what Ryan has said; what Cathy McMorris-Rodgers said; what Mario Diaz-Balart has said; what Bob Goodlatte has said; etc.
The telltale sign is that folks like Zuckerberg and the many donors who signed a letter to the GOP are still pressing ahead. These are not stupid people who would waste their time on a futile effort. They have been given some assurances by the GOP House leadership.
As someone who lobbies on the Hill on immigration issues, I can tell you that the next three months are a time of great danger. The pressure is enormous. And if they don't get amnesty this summer, they will definitely push hard to do it during the lame duck session even if the Reps were to win the Senate. Both parties have abandoned the American worker and are in the pockets of the corporate elites.
Oh, I don’t disagree.
I just disagree that what she said was inadvertent. It was deliberate and planned to help splinter off a significant chunk of the GOP base and encourage them not to vote in November.
The fact that Boehner is making voluntary, relatively public remarks about getting an immigration bill out of the House this year in front of Rep donors should tell you something. Doesn't that help splinter a significant chunk of the base off? And Boehner just won his primary easily.
House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican leadership team are telling donors and industry groups that they want to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of other party members to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.
Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a recent Las Vegas fundraiser that he was "hell-bent on getting this done this year," two people in the room told The Wall Street Journal.
A Boehner spokesman didn't dispute the account but said no action is possible until President Obama proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.
Interesting. The one sure way to ensure republicans lose is to keep saying republicans love amnesty. This means Boehner is really trying to screw us. Illegals WILL NEVER EVER EVER vote republican. Never!