The immigration reform silly season is in full swing. The Senate approved a proposal that was dead in the House before the Senate voted to approve it. If politicians had invested as much political energy to the federal debt problem as they have to the immigration matter, the nation would be better off.
Spin as they might, the Gang of Eight failed to secure 70 votes for their measure and key Senators that they need for this process moving forward said no. The real news, however, comes from the conservative hustings.
The RNC has bigger problems on its hands than long-term outreach to a constituency that will largely continue to vote Democratic for years to come. They may not like her, but the RNC needs to listen to her because she is one of the few leaders in the party with the necessary national clout that understands that this immigration reform debate is not helpful for the nation, the GOP, or for Americans of Hispanic descent.
Great job, GOP establishment. You’ve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill. It was the loss of working class voters in the swings states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote. Legal immigrants respect the rule of law and can see how self-centered a politician must be to fill this amnesty bill with favors, earmarks, and crony capitalists’ pork, and call it good. You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law.
Moderate Democrats are not really focused on this right now. They, like conservative Republicans, would like to focus on the real pressing issues such as dealing with the mounting federal debt, the jobless rate, and related economic challenges. Since this process started I’ve been saying that left-wing of the Democratic Party has no interest in seeing this process succeed. Why?
The Democrats win no matter the outcome. If they secure amnesty, Democratic voter rolls will swell and the GOP does not really benefit from any of it. If the process fails, the Democrats still win because the perception will be that they tried but radical and racist Republicans blocked them. There is your talking point for the 2014 and 2016 elections.
Why would the GOP facilitate this political trojan horse? More on that in a future post. For now, know that this is not the first time the party of Lincoln has struggled with deep ideological discord. This has been brewing for several years and, finally, it may be coming to a head because of immigration, the economy, and several other factors.
From where I see things right now, if the farm bill vote is any indication, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will see to it that immigration reform dies in the House. The House has wasted weeks and weeks of work on this bill. Staff is reaching the breaking point. Members are upset.
I’ve not seen this level of political apathy in decades. That is what you get when you do things that the American people are not really interested in. What they should be tackling, they’re ignore. Rising food prices. Rising energy prices. More federal debt, but more printing of money. This immigration business is a political sideshow and they are not good at it either.
What does it all mean for the GOP? They’d better focus and advance the issues that Americans – Democrats and Republicans – are truly concerned about.
Watch this video. Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) focuses what is really taking place with regards to the immigration debate: