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The Boehner Supremacy

Speaker Boehner can't decide: is he statesman or partisan? More: That New Senate Agreement to 'Bolster' Border Security? It's a Fraud.

by
Rick Moran

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June 20, 2013 - 12:21 am
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Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigration America’s Voice, had this to say about Speaker of the House John Boehner and the immigration bill: “The fate of the Republican Party may rest in Boehner’s hands.”

A comforting thought, that — if you’re a Democrat.

In truth, Boehner is in one helluva spot. The Light Brigade has got nothing on the speaker. They both may have “cannon to the left of them, cannon to the right of them, cannon in front of them,” but Boehner is also sitting on a nuclear bomb while the Sword of Damocles hangs over his head.

Everyone who is anyone in the Republican Party is mad at him. He’s catching hell from the Tea Party caucus and the hard right for even entertaining the notion of bringing an immigration bill to the floor. And the more establishment-oriented party whales are looking nervously at the polls and putting pressure on the speaker to bring to the House floor comprehensive reform that will probably emerge from the Senate in the next few weeks. The money men are worried that if the House kills off immigration reform, the GOP will pay the price at the ballot box in both 2014 and 2016.

It got so bad this week that Boehner had to assure his caucus in a closed-door meeting that he wouldn’t bring any immigration bill to the floor unless it was supported by half the Republicans in Congress. This is after a veteran congressman threatened to lead an effort to oust Boehner from his speakership unless he got that majority support. The Rohrbacher Ultimatum smoked Boehner out of the closet he’d been hiding in on immigration reform, as this announcement was the first indication of what his plans are going forward.

From the Rohrbacher Ultimatum to the Boehner Supremacy, the speaker brings to mind the character Jason Bourne. Not the insipid movie character played by Matt Damon, but the tortured, fragile instrument of lethality drawn by author Robert Ludlum in the trio of books that Hollywood gutted and destroyed on film. As written by Ludlum, Jason Bourne (a.k.a. David Webb) was not an assassin. He was a CIA cutout created to draw Carlos the Jackal out of hiding so he could be killed.

But Bourne/Webb was also a tortured soul. He couldn’t figure out who he was. Evidence kept pointing to him being a notorious international killer, but his beloved Marie (a Canadian economist stationed in Geneva, not some hippie chick who lived off the grid) believed he couldn’t be that man. Boehner doesn’t know whether he should act alike a statesman or a partisan hack. If he acts like a statesman, he may feel good about himself but could also lose his job. If he acts like a partisan, his base will be satisfied but the New York Times and Washington Post will call him names. And, who knows? Maybe the money men are right and the GOP will get slaughtered in 2014 if they block immigration reform.

Boehner is trying to keep his options open, according to Time magazine:

On Tuesday he seemed to assure his colleagues that he would not pass a bill without them, but left himself plenty of outs. “Any immigration reform bill that is going to go into law ought to have a majority of both parties’ support,” he said. “And so I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans.” Ought to; not will. And just because he doesn’t “see any way” now doesn’t mean one won’t emerge.

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Strange classification in the article.

Why destroying US by turning it into a Mexico in one generation is called "behaving as statesman"?

Well, maybe it would be "behaving like MEXICAN statesman paid by cartels and corporations" ?
1 year ago
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As usual, Mr Moran constructs a problem where none exists. There is no popular demand for Immigration Reform. Poll and poll shows jobs and the economy top the list, while amnesty and immigration reform are not even on the radar. In short, Immigration Reform is being driven by the Beltway. In other words, the Democrats. As Rush said recently, another word for illegal alien is "unregistered Democrat."

Boehner's options are simple:

Don't let Immigration Reform see the light of day and the GOP keeps the House in 2014 (it may even increase its lead).

Pass Immigration Reform and watch Pelosi and her minions re-take the House.
1 year ago
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The establishment Republicans are oh so worried that shooting down comprehensive immigration reform will make the next election tough for them? Oh, yeah? Wait until you see how tough life gets for you, if you pass the damned thing!

They should ALL be campaigning against this thing. The American people don't want it. They should be making this a campaign issue. "If the Democratic-controlled Senate is pushing for this, then it is time to change the damned Senate. Get rid of the Dems and all the cowering Republicans.

It's the damned moderates, as always. If they would just be reliably Republican, instead of Democratic lapdogs, this bill would not even be being discussed, because it would be a non-starter.

But oh, the Dems will make this an issue! Good! Let them make it an issue. Let's have that fight. Let's talk about the great harm this massive immigration does to our country. Let's finally kill this beast!
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The author is an idiot. Conservatives aren't opposed to an immigration reform bill, just blatant vote buying, which is what this bill is. And being called names by the NYT is the perfect definition of being a statesman.
1 year ago
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Mr. Boehner has not the character to be a statesman, nor the anatomy to be a partisan. In reality, he is a mere shadow of a politician. He spent his energy fighting to become the speaker during the Dems' golden years. Finding himself as king of the mountain thanks to the Tea Party, he threw the Tea Party back into the harbor just like a john would throw a lady of the night out the door. So he fires all true conservatives and tries to hang on to the speakership by saying nothing. That does not sound like a stateman or a true political warrior. It's all sad but true.
1 year ago
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Boehner is a wimp along with Issa,Graham,McCain.Hatch and others of their ilk.It's low-lifes like this that keep little would-be-dictators like Obama in power.
1 year ago
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I don't think Issa belongs in that list. Yes, he hasn't done much with his investigations into Fast & Furious, and other matters.

That's not because he hasn't tried. It's because he really doesn't have any power to DO any more than he's done.
1 year ago
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OK - someone had to say it - what would Newt do?

I think I know...
1 year ago
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"If he acts like a partisan, his base will be satisfied but the New York Times and Washington Post will call him names."
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I'm willing to bet that those same 'rags' will be dissing the Speaker no matter which way he comes down on the current legislation. They will be hurling invectives no matter what happens. It is their nature. Of course Mr. Moran - being a RINO actually believes having the approval of the MSM is somehow important. It isn't!
1 year ago
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hey bohner, you want to save face???? than while your on your way out, explain to the american people why so many republicans are quick to toss the constitution under the bus..... you owe it to us... tell us about the close fraternity type relationships you have with the liberal left and how they wine and dine you so you cant say no to them... tell us about the real corruption going on so we can fix this mess.... dont let that power and money go to your head because your the speaker of the house... at the end of the day, youre a human being and money/power doesnt make you a know it all, good influence, on this country... you better start treating good experienced americans with some respect... you are not above us and never will be when the history books are written..... ask yourself johnny boy... before you go to sleep at night... ask yourself what have you done to better this nation? what have you done to appeal to our nations founding that gave us all the opportunity to live free?? be honest with yourself john! remember... we all know you and the other RINOS undermine conservatives and this country because your a bunch of power and money hungry whores... wherever the power/money and fame is, is where you all will be... what do you morons think, your the first people to ever obsess over money/power and national attention!?! i mean really know.... all of you are pathetic... you have no frickin backbone and because we call you out, now you get bitter and completely go against our wishes to protect the constitution with your vindictive behavior....... TUNNEL VISION JOHN! TUNNEL VISION HOMEBOY! FOCUS ON THE COUNTRY! JUST THE COUNTRY! forget about appeasing some pop culture dumb a** on cnn... forget about holding onto power so you can get your little rocks off at these hollywood/sociopath/narcissist fund rasiers.... JUST FOCUS ON THE damn COUNTRY FOR ONCE JOHN.... for christ sakes john! you have become the nancy pelosi of the republican party... your weak man... real weak!
1 year ago
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Boy,do you have it right.
1 year ago
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Strange classification in the article.

Why destroying US by turning it into a Mexico in one generation is called "behaving as statesman"?

Well, maybe it would be "behaving like MEXICAN statesman paid by cartels and corporations" ?
1 year ago
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The only consideration that should be taken into account regarding this issue is whether any changes made to current law will benefit American citizens as a whole. That's it. And any so-called leader who can keep focused on that doesn't need or deserve to be in that position. Let them go to work for the UN for all I care. They don't need to be in Congress.

If amnesty is given this will be a catastrophe for the current set of American citizens. It will be the biggest transfer of wealth and political power in history. Even if the proponents of legalization were sincere in their promises of securing the border (which I do not believe for a moment) there is a dangerous asymmetry to the process. Once given citizenship that cannot be taken back, but any provisions relating to control of the border can be erased with the stroke of a pen by the Congress in the future. Its a fool's bargain.

And if you want to see what "bringing them out of the shadows" does, we have ample evidence of that. Just look to areas along the US border like the Rio Grande valley in Texas. Its a very blue strip in a very red state where a lot of illegals "came out of the shadows" by spawning an anchor baby, Its a black hole of Federal and state dollars for "social services."

It would be nice to have a government that puts the interests of the current American citizens first.
1 year ago
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Whoops-- that should be "cannot keep focused"
1 year ago
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As usual, Mr Moran constructs a problem where none exists. There is no popular demand for Immigration Reform. Poll and poll shows jobs and the economy top the list, while amnesty and immigration reform are not even on the radar. In short, Immigration Reform is being driven by the Beltway. In other words, the Democrats. As Rush said recently, another word for illegal alien is "unregistered Democrat."

Boehner's options are simple:

Don't let Immigration Reform see the light of day and the GOP keeps the House in 2014 (it may even increase its lead).

Pass Immigration Reform and watch Pelosi and her minions re-take the House.
1 year ago
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I was under the impression it was Jay Leno that termed the phrase "unregistered democrat" but regardless of who coined the term, it's appropriate.
1 year ago
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That's too simple and truthful for these clowns to grock. Besides, they're caught up in the "we need to pass something to prove we're not obstructionists or racists" fever. There is no cure for the fever or the idiocy.
1 year ago
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I live in Boehner's district and do not consider him a statesman. However, to say he has problems because he won't bring a lousy bill like this one to the floor is a pretty poor stance -- to go along with the article.
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