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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:23 PM

Gingrich: Republicans Will Oppose Any Immigration Plan Backed By Obama Because They Hate Obama

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) admitted that Republicans are likely to oppose any immigration reform proposal introduced by President Obama because they personally dislike the Commander-in-Chief.

“An Obama plan led and driven by Obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility towards the president and the way he goads the hostility I think is very hard to imagine that bill, that his bill is going to pass the House,” Gingrich said. “I think that negotiated with a Senate immigration bill that has to have bipartisan support could actually get to the president’s desk.”

The Senate-backed framework for immigration reform, which enhances security on the border and includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, shares many similarities with Obama’s own proposal, though the president has repeatedly said that if Congress fails to make progress, he will introduce his own reform legislation. That plan, obtained by USA Today, “mirrors many provisions of the bipartisan 2007 bill” spearheaded by Ted Kennedy and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and would allow unauthorized immigrants “to become legal permanent residents within eight years.” “The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years,” the paper reports.

Despite its bipartisan nature, the draft proposal was immediately panned by Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — a member of the Senate group working towards producing comprehensive legislation — called it “dead on arrival,” while Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said it demonstrated that Obama is “looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.

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http://thinkprogress.org/special/2013/02/17/1605401/gingrich-republicans-will-oppose-any-immigration-plan-backed-by-obama-because-they-hate-obama/

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Reply Gingrich: Republicans Will Oppose Any Immigration Plan Backed By Obama Because They Hate Obama (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
Zambero Feb 2013 #1
aquart Feb 2013 #2
Berlum Feb 2013 #4
Jamaal510 Feb 2013 #11
Kolesar Feb 2013 #3
TxDemChem Feb 2013 #5
budkin Feb 2013 #7
Cosmocat Feb 2013 #14
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 2013 #6
Andy823 Feb 2013 #8
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 2013 #9
Third Doctor Feb 2013 #10
NPolitics1979 Feb 2013 #12
prouddem19665nvd Feb 2013 #13
Cosmocat Feb 2013 #15

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:28 PM

1. Then they also hate winning elections

It might take the near-extinction of the GOP to get certain legislation passed. The more elections they lose from continuing to alienate the growing demographic of Latino- and Asian-American voters (among others), the sooner this might occur.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:37 PM

2. Putting personal petty spite above country?

Thanks for the campaign soundbite Newt!

Any chance we can get this on the air by tomorrow?

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Response to aquart (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:45 PM

4. What Republicans hate is that Obama is an intelligent, charming and principled man

who happens to be Black.

They cannot abide this

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Response to Berlum (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:08 AM

11. Black, and a Democrat.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:39 PM

3. GOP congressmen opposed the bush immigration bill because they were getting *death threats*

...prodded by talk radio hosts.
That was from Bill Moyers' Journal: "Rage on the Radio" segment from the last decade.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:11 PM

5. I didn't realize Obama was goading them

It seems they can dish it, but can't take it

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Response to TxDemChem (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:16 PM

7. He is goading them because he's the president

And they can't accept it

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Response to TxDemChem (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:37 AM

14. This shit makes me want to smash things

they CONTINUALLY blame President Obama for them acting like jackasses, while self indignantly screaming about how resolute and tough conservatives are.

And, the "liberal media" just breathlessly parrots how it is the President's fault they act like jackasses.

You know, cause he won't invite them over for tea ...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:33 PM

6. Aren't they always complaining about the President not having a plan?

Of course, I don't think that they were ever really serious about this whole endeavor anyway and have been looking for an "escape hatch" from day one so that they could make it seem like they are doing something productive- to attract Hispanic voters- and to (eventually) "save face" with their base by bailing and blaming President Obama. I bet that this is it for them.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:34 PM

8. Yes they complain

The problem is they seem to always want the president to put out a plan before they do, and when he does, they complain, but they NEVER seem to put out any "real" plans of their own. Of course that could be because they don't have the brains to actually come up with anything that might work to fix the country, they only seem to come up with ideas to help the rich get richer!

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Response to Andy823 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:48 PM

9. Yes

They constantly want to start over with that danged "blank piece of paper" that they never fill out. I'm still waiting to see them introduce their "bold" plan to cut Medicare and Social Security but they're sitting around waiting for President to put out his plan to do that- so that, of course, they can go back to their constituents and denounce it and pillory the President and Democrats over it. They decry the lack of leadership from President Obama, the Senate, etc. while refusing to lead themselves at the same time. HYPOCRITES!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 07:09 PM

10. Well I can't believe it.

In once small instance he told the truth. The GOP will not playball with Obama not matter what and they will lose a certain voting block completely.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:20 AM

12. One thing I like about Newt is he is honest. Or he is willing to throw the Republicans under the bus

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:23 AM

13. Ah, good old GOP

 

Yeah, keep on being obstructionist, you douches. Sooner or later, it'll come back to bite you in the asses.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:42 AM

15. What is great is "Rubios plan" is basically the President's plan

What these jackasses REALLY hate is having to pass any immigration bill at all.

But, in their crazed minds, they think this is the one thing holding them back from winning the Presidential election, so they HAVE to pass someone.

There is no mystery as to what immigration reform has to be. There might be some details that vary, like how long it takes to earn citizenship. But, any immigration reform package is going to look mostly like the next.

What they REALLY WANT is for the President to not saying anything, hide in a cave, and have Rubio be the front man for it so they can scream about how the GOP got it done and Rubio was the leader of it, while getting him on the ticket in three years.

All politics, all the time, with these scumbags.

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