When Lyndon Johnson lost the support of Walter Cronkite for his prosecution of the war in Viet Nam, he was sufficiently impressed that he pulled out of the 1968 presidential election. Recognizing the gravity of this defeat, Johnson said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”
While the squishy “Republicans” at the “Weekly Standard” are in no way as influential as “Uncle Walter” was in 1968, the advice from William Kristol of the Weekly Standard to Marco Rubio to “get out” of this effort to “fix” immigration is nonetheless quite telling.
During a recent interview about the Senate’s efforts to provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, Kristol spoke directly to the Gang of Ocho’s Senator Marco Rubio – a Cuban American from South Florida, saying “He should walk away from it. He should say, ‘I made a good faith effort, but you know what, this is not a piece of legislation [I should support after all].’”
Labeling the Gang of Ocho’s “Schumer/Menendez Amnesty and Democrat Party Registration” legislation a “big government’ bill, Kristol warned Rubio that what he was helping to create is in fact just another bill that will not do what it was intended to do.
In a surprising moment of clarity, Kristol – a RINO in good standing himself – implored Rubio to reconsider his quixotic effort to grant amnesty to those who are here illegally, saying, “Think of the trust you have to have in bureaucracy to make all this work. There’ll be certifications and border security, there’ll be tests of whether people paid back taxes. … If you like Obamacare, you should like this immigration bill. And I honestly think conservatives should oppose it on those grounds alone.”
The money quote in this interview came toward its conclusion when Kristol added, “I’m a liberal, as you know, on immigration reform. I was more liberal than you were, I think, in ’06, ’07. I’ve got to say, I couldn’t vote for this bill. I just don’t think it’s good conservative governance, and I don’t think there’s any need to compromise with Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama at this point. There’s no crisis.”
Mister Rubio, you have lost “Walter” Kristol. The next move is up to you.