The Fall of the House of Democrats: WH pushes hopeless amnesty attempt ahead of cap and trade, Lindsey Graham hardest hit…
Another squishy Republican learns how well Reid and Obama keep their promises. Anyone who makes a deal with this crew is a fool. As we have said here before, this will backfire for the Dems and HELP the GOP if the Republicans stick to their guns and don’t take the bait with the ‘biggest new voting block!’ BS…the ‘popular view’ of the media pundits and political hacks needs to be turned on its head. Americans will be LIVID if they try amnesty now, let them do it and just say no.
The GOP needs to stay together and makes it CLEAR there is NO AMNESTY and no ‘reform’ with UE this high and FAN FRED FHA unaddressed. One ‘crisis’ at a time, and hurting Americans and LEGAL immigrants need their economic pain addressed first.
Every American suffering right now, and there are millions of us, understands that any attempts to push ‘immigration reform’ right now will serve as a magnet to draw back the millions of illegal immigrants who have been leaving through attrition due to the bad economy. There are NO JOBS AMERICANS WILL NOT DO in 2010 America. Let the Democrats commit hari kiri while the entire American populace moves to vote GOP in November.
Don’t forget these LUNATICS plan to come forward with proposed TAX INCREASES following the proposal of the kabuki Deficit Commission in December. Sooo they plan to bring millions of new social services recipients in, they rammed through a massive entitlement expansion, and then they want to raise our taxes while millions of us are unemployed and losing our homes? BWAAAHAAAA, Roderick Usher Reid you are being paged by men in white coats…
…For several days leading up to Saturday’s meltdown, Graham had been trying to secure a commitment from Reid that energy and climate legislation would go forward. “There were flurries of phone calls since Thursday, Friday, even Saturday, trying to get assurances from Reid that we were going to take up energy instead of immigration,” one Senate aide says. “This wasn’t one or two phone calls. We’re talking dozens and dozens of phone calls.”
Reid, who formerly seemed committed to moving the legislation forward, would no longer agree. “There were multiple chances — multiple chances — for them to give the assurances that were necessary,” the aide continues. But nothing came. And Democrats left Graham — one of their best Republican friends in the Senate — fuming.
Reid’s about-face left many in the GOP amazed. Democrats appear to be tossing aside one difficult-to-pass issue in favor of an impossible-to-pass issue. The likelihood is that neither will pass. “There will be no immigration and no energy,” says another Senate aide. “They can do some sort of an energy bill, but it won’t be cap-and-trade. Graham-Kerry-Lieberman won’t pass. The support is just not there, even among Democrats. And on immigration — after having voted for a health care bill that’s toxic, voted for the biggest deficits ever, Democrats are then going to turn around and vote for an amnesty bill?”
Unlikely. The fact is, many Democrats are just as afraid of the immigration issue as Republicans. The conventional wisdom is that immigration reform efforts of 2006 and 2007 split the GOP. They did, but they split the Democrats, too. In the Senate vote that killed the 2007 effort, 34 Democrats and 12 Republicans voted to move the measure forward, while 37 Republicans and 16 Democrats voted to block it.
…Reid says he would like to have a bill in three weeks. It’s a laughable idea except for the fact that the majority leader is becoming desperate and might do anything to improve his chances of re-election.
But even if Democrats can cobble together some sort of legislation in the next few weeks, they can forget about having the sort of Republican support that existed in 2007. The watered-down border security measures in that bill — the “virtual fence,” for example — have been dumped. Temporary guest worker measures are gone, too. There is no way many Republicans would go along with a new Democratic measure. Even the famously pro-reform GOP Sen. John McCain campaigned for the presidency in 2008 by repeating thousands of times that he “got the message” that the U.S. should “secure the border first.” Now in a primary fight with hardliner J.D. Hayworth, McCain won’t be touching a Democratic immigration reform plan….