What does it tell you when Democrats are saying that a vote should happen now but Republicans want to wait until later—after certain elections have been held? According to the Washington Times,
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives ready to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, but she may never get the chance to prove it if GOP Speaker John A. Boehner doesn’t bring a vote in the Republican-lead House.
“With 28 Republicans having publicly expressed support for a path to citizenship, we believe the votes are there on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill,” she wrote on Facebook. “It’s just a question whether Speaker Boehner can muster the will to schedule a vote.”
But maybe he would rather not destroy the chances of some of his favorites to get re-elected. Breitbart reports that McCain admitted that his preferred republicans wanted to wait before voting on amnesty/comprehensive immigration reform.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave the clearest indication that proponents of comprehensive immigration reform may make their final–and strongest–push to get legislation passed next year after House Republicans make it through their primaries.
“I think conventional wisdom is that time is not on our side,” McCain told reporters on Monday after an event in Chicago. “But there are a number of members of Congress who have primaries and when those primaries are done, they may be more inclined to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.”…
…McCain’s comments indicate even if the current push to enact comprehensive immigration reform fails, the real fight may be in the spring and summer of next year, when Obama could use immigration as a midterm election issue and Republican lawmakers will not be worried about primaries in the 2014 election cycle.
Once the primaries are done, there will only be one Republican candidate for each office. If voters then find that the winning Republican supports a huge big government boondoggle comprehensive immigration reform, they will have no options. There will be no way to stop the immigration bill.
Either way, I suspect the Democrats believe the GOP betrayal of their constituencies will cost them in 2014.