The Republican immigration plan we are to believe has been in place for about a year contains this sentence, “There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law.”
Their one page position paper on “immigration reform,” which was put together a long time ago (so we have been told) was never going to grant amnesty (again, so we have been told.) The Republican leaders are now trying to sell us the story that the poison pill of “no amnesty and no voting rights for those here illegally” was always what they intended to present. To believe this, you must believe that this document, which floated around Washington for several months, was the only major document since the Manhattan Project that was not leaked in its entirety.
What’s more believable is that because they have had the phone lines set on fire with calls demanding no amnesty, John Boehner and Paul Ryan HAD to try to float the implied story that all of this was always a Rope-A-Dope of the Democrats to box them in on the issue. They’re telling us, “We snookered the Donkeys this time because we let them believe we were for amnesty but we never were. They’ll never vote for this and we can blame them for amnesty’s failure.”
According to their happy face version of things, the Lincoln Day dinners across the country should be packed with formerly nervous rank and file Republicans saying things like, “I knew it all along,” “I knew Paul Ryan was a stand-up guy and had some secret plan,” or “They really understood all the time, they knew what they were doing.”
It is very doubtful this will happen.
It is simply not credible to believe that this was the plan from the start. Washington is way too porous to believe this. So what is the explanation of all of this?
Boehner and his pals wanted to do everything we thought they wanted to do. They wanted to sell us out to the Chamber of Commerce and use its money to squeeze out TEA party movement candidates so they could run the House as a RINO plantation, but they didn’t figure on our fury.
They underestimated us; keep the phones and Emails coming. We will not hear about them since the media won’t report them, but something made the GOPe add the poison pill. I’m betting it was TEA party pressure.
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