The Liberal double standards get more bizarre each day. Back when the Congress submitted a budget that defunded Obamacare, we were told that was the height of irrationality. Everyone knew, we were told, that Republicans had no chance of getting the Affordable Care Act abolish, so it was purely childish for them to even try to do so. Every time Ted Cruz spoke up in favor of the attempt, and said it was a good thing to try, people mocked him as if he were delusional.
So now, in the midst of the Obamacare meltdown, immigration “reformers” are suddenly waking up to the fact that they have virtually no chance of getting their way. Congress is not interested in passing a bloated government program comprehensive immigration reform this year. Despite making some positive noises when put on the spot by activists, once John Boehner had collected himself, he made a case for not passing a bill, especially in 2013:
“The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House,” he said. “And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”
According to the Atlantic, Boehner’s statement was “a stunning blow” for immigration reform lobbyists, so that they now alternating between engaging in delusions of success or revenge fantasies.
The reformers’ official line remains one of optimism that the House will act, perhaps even before the end of 2013. But many activists have already begun to take a more aggressive tack, arguing that lobbying is over—it’s time for revenge.
“We can’t force them to get to yes, but we can make them pay a price for getting to no,” said Frank Sharry. An immigration-reform advocate for decades, Sharry heads America’s Voice, the reform coalition’s main clearinghouse. He holds out hope that legislation could still pass the House in the waning days of 2013, he told me, but he and others are preparing to move into a new gear once the calendar flips—one in which their focus will shift to punishing House Republicans. “If this Congress isn’t going to pass immigration reform, let’s elect a Congress that will,” Sharry said.
Please, Sharry, wake up from the “dream.” If you really had a chance to make them “pay a price” then that same power would have been enough leverage to “force them to get to yes.” For the upcoming elections, most congressmen will be overjoyed to be attacked for refusing to support “amnesty.” Pursuing “revenge” just seems immature and stupid.
Yet, while Cruz was roasted for his “impossible” quest, these immigration reformers are treated as if they are entirely rationale. It is as if Boehner would have nothing to fear pushing a mega-bill that he never read. What would he say in favor of it? That we have to pass it to find out what’s in it! That would not help his congressional career.
Frankly, the immigration reformers seem more like manipulated religious zealots than rational political advocates.
Perhaps one or two of them might think to blame the Affordable Care Act which was that other unread mega-bill that was passed into law largely unread. How has that been working out for you? I suspect you’re going to find the House is a bit gun-shy about hastily passing major “reform” bills for awhile.
Ted Cruz, on the other hand, was a real genius. As I predicted, by getting Congress to fight Obamacare and shut down the government he obstructed and delayed Obama’s immigration agenda. By following his lead, the tea party members of Congress saved us all.
Hat tip: Breitbart.com