Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:19 AM
DonViejo (11,549 posts)
GOP prepares to blame Obama for immigration deal collapse
Republicans position themselves to walk away from immigration reform -- trying to score points along the way
BY ALEX PAREENE
While much of Washington seems very confident that a major immigration reform bill will pass this year, I remain skeptical. As I wrote yesterday, there are still some major obstacles, like “the Republican Party” and “the conservative movement.” But Rush Limbaugh, no friend to the undocumented, recently gave reform supporter Marco Rubio a very generous and non-confrontational interview.
This is a big deal, because Limbaugh is going to either give Republican lawmakers cover to support reform without incurring the wrath of their constituents, or he is going to kill the entire thing. The fact that Limbaugh went out of his way to be respectful to Rubio is a sign that Rubio’s got breathing room to actually push for real reform.
But Rubio also repeatedly made it plain that he is leaving himself the option of walking away from the whole thing and blaming Obama.
Conservatives have convinced themselves that Barack Obama intentionally blew up the possibility of an immigration reform bill in his first term, by forcing them to not support reform. (The theory doesn’t really make sense.) “I think he wants to destroy the Republican Party, particularly in the eyes of Hispanic American voters,” Bill O’Reilly told Marco Rubio. “So he’s going to make it as hard as possible to get anything done and demonize you guys.” The idea is that Barack Obama used his cunning and guile to trick the entire Republican Party into seeking and then relying on the white nativist vote for a generation.
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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:03 AM
Hard Assets (274 posts)
1. Rinse and repeat.
Same old blather. Blame Obama for everything.
This is what the Democrats have to SHOW to the voters for 2014. That the Congress Republicans are doing absolutely nothing for the constituents.