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Cuccinelli: ‘If Amnesty Goes Through, It Can Turn Around Momentum’ in GOP Base

Tells PJM that party needs to channel the public's "revulsion" over Obamacare into votes.

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May 28, 2014 - 12:08 am
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WASHINGTON – Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite who barely lost a run for governor last year, believes Republicans are well-positioned to make major gains this election season – as long as they avoid the sort of missteps that have plagued them in the past.

Cuccinelli, who believes he would have defeated Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe  last November if the campaign had lasted just a few more weeks – “we had the momentum,” he said – insists Democrats will prove unable to escape the stain of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, as voters head to the polls.

“I think it’s a real opportunity for Republicans,” he said while attending the recent conference of Right on Crime. “It shows you how powerful an abomination Obamacare is. Democrats who are defending it are violating the first rule of politics – when you’re in a hole, stop digging.”

Cuccinelli said the public remains “revolted” by Obamacare but success at the polls may hinge on “how they handle it.” Congressional Republicans could still stymie success by taking dubious actions like passing immigration reform.

“If amnesty goes through, it can turn around a lot of the momentum that has been in our favor against us,” Cuccinelli said. “We still need the base and the base needs to feel they’re getting something out of all this. To them it’s more than just having the majority. To them it’s the issues that are important.”

Adopting immigration reform, something House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has opened up as a remote possibility this year, could be a deal breaker for the party’s conservative faction, Cuccinelli said, opening up possibilities for Democrats if Republicans avoid the polls.

Cuccinelli has consistently opposed most versions of immigration reform, particularly those plans that provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the U.S. who are undocumented. During his career in the Virginia Senate, Cuccinelli introduced legislation urging Congress to adopt a constitutional amendment to revoke citizenship rights for children, born in the U.S., whose parents are illegal immigrants. He also proposed allowing businesses to file suit against companies that hire illegal aliens and deny unemployment benefits to those who can’t speak English.

If Republicans focus on the issues this November, Cuccinelli said, “the odds are a lot better.”

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"Amnesty" is a euphemism.

The correct description (long version) is individuals in the country in violation of US law. The short version is "illegal aliens", a term which spokespersons for illegals pretend to find so derogatory and offensive.

The Mexican government itself is all in favor the illegal entry of its citizens into the United States, seen as a real economic opportunity for its own status as a failed and corrupt government.

Try being in Mexico "illegally" or (allegedly) in violation of their laws against bringing weapons into Mexico, never mind the ruthless and amply armed cartels that like to cut their drug trade competitors' heads off.

You'll find yourself in jail, like the US Marine who got stuck in the wrong lane at the Tijuana border who has languished in jail since early April.
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America was made great by immigrants who came here to build a future without expectations
Of hand outs, food stamps, and other welfare. They knew they had to assimilate, learn to speak
The American language,and go to work in order to survive.
But today's immigrant comes here knowing there'll be a big fat 'safety net'
With lots if free stuff to dig into. I don't fault these new immigrants 'cause
That's just human nature. However, these social policies have cause America to become
Less like the great and industrious nation our grandparents built
And more like the third world hovels they left behind. We've created a lazy and gluttonous
Monster with our best human intentions.
29 weeks ago
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Right...let's add some millions of illegals to the health care , education,and
Welfare systems. That'll bring America down to third world status in less then a decade.
And for what? To elect A Republican Party that's lost its soul and become indistinguishable
From the left?
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> “If amnesty goes through, it can turn around a lot of the momentum
> that has been in our favor against us,” Cuccinelli said. “We still
> need the base and the base needs to feel they’re getting something
> out of all this. To them it’s more than just having the majority. To
> them it’s the issues that are important.”

YES! THANK YOU Mr. Cuccinelli! Maybe our Republican Party will listen to you: They certainly don't seem to be hearing me or the rest of the conservative rank-and-file.

Republican leadership DOES need to be told that issues matter. The Republican establishment shrugs off people who want leadership on
issues. "If we don't have the majority (White House) there's nothing
we can do." Hello? As long as Republicans carry Democrats' water, the less they can do the better.

If the Republicans were to gain a substantial majority in the Senate in November (and hold the House), would they impeach Obama?

Not a chance in hell. They'd be so afraid of being called racists,
injuring their candidate in '16, that they'd do more of what they're
doing right now, only the 'gesture' bills would pass both houses
rather than just one. BIG DEAL.

(Thank GOD that George Washington only had to fear being killed or
captured. Had the British called him a racist and Hessian-hating
bigot he'd have never dared lead that army across the Delaware.

Impeachment would be important even if Obama is removed from office only one day early, indeed, even if the Senate did not convict. If
(instead) he completes his term without so much as articles of
impeachment being written and voted on then we have established the
precedent that a president can treat laws passed by the people's
representatives as grants of power to be exercised as he sees fit and
without accountability.

Do YOU believe that when (one day) Republicans take over Congress and
the White House that WE would ignore that precedent and govern within
Constitutional lines? I sure don't.

We need to clarify now for future presidents of both parties that
Congress makes the laws and the president is limited to enforcing
them, just as the Constitution says. Otherwise there may not be a way
to shove the evil genie of extra-constitutional presidential activism
back into its bottle.

It will, however, likely go back in there in the coming collapse of our country.
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Your taxes will be assigned to support illegal aliens’ health insurance when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx/.
This is your money being given away. Please get out and VOTE in the Primary elections and in the 2014 November mid-term election.
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I believe the immigration folly has layers, like a wedding cake. On the top, there are the business lobbyists who think illegals help keep wages down.

Next layer are the fellow travelers who hope that the Republicans or conservatives can break the lock the left has on the Hispanics if they just cooperate on amnesty. Karl Rove and Jeb Bush , we know who you are.

Finally, in the last layer are the pols who realize that the Republican base is solidly opposed to anything like another amnesty, but who also believe that the repubs must have the independents and moderate Republicans to win, and further believe that those voters are not nearly as opposed to amnesty, especially if it is dressed up with supposed fines and "English" classes, but who are also susceptible to the argument certain to be made by the Dems and the usual race-baiters that the Republicans are a racist party because they won't cave on amnesty. Come to think of it I believe I have heard some of that already.

As I see it the issue is not nearly so simple as it may seem to us. Amnesty must be opposed but with careful rhetoric and some alternative plan which seems plausible and humane to address the problem. Heck who knows, maybe somebody can come up with something.
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It was the prezzydent of the United States who, about 2 weeks before the 2010 midterm elections, was on Spanish speaking Univision telling his listeners to "punish their enemies", meaning to get out and vote to defeat any Congresscritter who did not favor amnesty.

Yesterday, some Univision guy confronted John Boehner over amnesty.

(some) Canadians look at this putsch for "amnesty" in the US and their mouths fall open...

#6 on Canada's top 10 list of America's Stupidity

6) Only in America ... would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.
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"...Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite"

I hate that characterization of anyone. It tends to diminish them and says nothing about who they really are.

Ken Cuccinelli was the state AG who brought the first lawsuit against Obamacare, I think the one that was joined by around 25 states and wound up with the Florida district judge's excellent observation about broccol, which spoke volumes...words to the effect...

"If the federal government can force you to buy health insurance, it can force you to buy broccoli."
29 weeks ago
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"Amnesty" is a euphemism.

The correct description (long version) is individuals in the country in violation of US law. The short version is "illegal aliens", a term which spokespersons for illegals pretend to find so derogatory and offensive.

The Mexican government itself is all in favor the illegal entry of its citizens into the United States, seen as a real economic opportunity for its own status as a failed and corrupt government.

Try being in Mexico "illegally" or (allegedly) in violation of their laws against bringing weapons into Mexico, never mind the ruthless and amply armed cartels that like to cut their drug trade competitors' heads off.

You'll find yourself in jail, like the US Marine who got stuck in the wrong lane at the Tijuana border who has languished in jail since early April.
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
America was made great by immigrants who came here to build a future without expectations
Of hand outs, food stamps, and other welfare. They knew they had to assimilate, learn to speak
The American language,and go to work in order to survive.
But today's immigrant comes here knowing there'll be a big fat 'safety net'
With lots if free stuff to dig into. I don't fault these new immigrants 'cause
That's just human nature. However, these social policies have cause America to become
Less like the great and industrious nation our grandparents built
And more like the third world hovels they left behind. We've created a lazy and gluttonous
Monster with our best human intentions.
29 weeks ago
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Hey, Ken! Dear old Frank Wolf is retiring from the VA 10th district...why don't you try a run to replace him?

I know the DC 'burbs would be a chore, but the 10th stretches across the Blue Ridge and into the Valley, where I think you would do well.

And if the Senate drops into the GOP basket,(assuming Those Idiots don't saddle us with millions upon millions of freshly-minted DemocRAT voters), you'd be in a fine position to knock of "Warner The Latter" or "The Eyebrow" if you hanker after the upper chamber.

Better get it while the gettin' is good.
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It amazes me that the Republican Party fails to realize how important this is to so many citizens. I think the party is so in "the bubble" -- so surrounded by other DC thinkers -- that they have completely lost touch.

This is just what happened in Europe -- hence the rise of UKIP. Now it's happening here.

Will they open their eyes and ears? I doubt it. Frankly I think that the idea of representing the average working citizen is far from their concern. Instead their's is a game of bringing in money for targeted issue ads on subjects that will be forgotten as soon as the next election is passed.

They and the Dems have been running the country on that basis for years. They won't stop doing it until they are convinced it no longer works. But does it work? So far it seems to.

Me? I keep my money, such as it is, in my wallet, sharing it only with individual candidates that speak to what I find important. And that includes closing our borders until the many who have come here are more fully assimilated and the economy is again producing adequate jobs for citizens.
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Now this is a guy.
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