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June 24, 2013 - 8:44 am

Democrats get this, some Republicans don’t: You have to satisfy your base. In 2012 Obama built out from his base, satisfying them enough on ObamaCare and then using wedge issues to build out from the base and attract low-information voters. He used the Zimmerman/Martin case to shore up support among black voters, he used the “war on women” and “free” contraception to shore up younger women’s votes, and he used Obama phones and welfare to draw out new voters who had not been engaged before. It wasn’t any single strategy but the combination of all of them that helped him eek out the win.

Republicans haven’t learned anything from 2012. Passing the Rubio-Schumer bill is an excellent way for Republicans to throw the 2014 election and grant Barack Obama unchecked power during his last two years in office.

The GOP base worked hard to win elections for people like Marco Rubio. When he ran for Senate in 2010, Rubio promised Republicans that he was against amnesty, for border security first. That’s turned out to have been a lie. He supports legalization first, and border security eventually. We may as well have elected Charlie Crist. What was the point of electing Rubio, now? He has become the Democrats’ most powerful weapon against the Republican Party.

James Pethokoukis argues that the immigration bill will not create millions of new Democrat voters in a swoop. Maybe it won’t, immediately, but there is no denying that between legalization, the path to citizenship and chain migration, it will create millions of new Democrat voters eventually. But there is a more immediate threat to the GOP lurking in the bill.

Republican base voters feel betrayed not just by Rubio, but by Dean Heller, Jan Brewer, Bob Corker and many other former party and Tea Party stars. They’re all morphing into Democrats on ObamaCare or immigration, or in Brewer’s case, both. You can’t trust any of them. So why work hard to elect them, donate to them, and vote for them? What’s the point of handing dishonest politicians power that they will only use against you?

Who are Republican voters supposed to trust? The senators we trusted to push back against Obama are joining him. Many of them are not standing up to Obama’s surveillance state or prioritizing getting answers in the IRS scandal or Benghazi. They’re going to pass an  immigration bill that hands him a massive victory and may wipe those scandals out.

A party that wishes to remain viable must satisfy its base and build out from it. If Republicans pass this bill, the party’s base will be dispirited and fractured. In fact it already is — witness the lack of enthusiasm for Republican Gabriel Gomez going into the Massachusetts special Senate election. Ordinarily base Republicans would be fired up to take such an important seat. Gomez is a fine man but he’s for legalization. He isn’t generating much enthusiasm because he looks like a sellout in advance. On the other hand, at least he’s more honest than Marco Rubio has turned out to be. That’s something I guess, but not enough to get people in Iowa to turn pour out their hearts to help you win.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I'm so disgusted, words fail me.
42 weeks ago
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"James Pethokoukis argues that the immigration bill will not create millions of new Democrat voters in a swoop. "

Then why do Democrats want to pass it? That's the one simple question that refutes his absurd analysis.
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I've called Rubio of Florida and my Ky Senator Mitch McConnell....I quit the regurgitate party. I am done with them.
42 weeks ago
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They have lost my support. Permanently.
42 weeks ago
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Republicans are simply being true to their Progressive DNA.
It was 226 years ago today the question of whether we are a Confederated Union or were to be a “Consolidated Nation” was decided by the Constitution’s Framers. We are in fact a confederated compact of Sovereign and Independent States acting in CERTAIN matters as One.
Madison’s Notes on the Debates -
Monday June 25, 1787 - IN CONVENTION
Resolution 4. [FN1] being taken up.
Mr. PINKNEY
“Much has been said about the propriety of abolishing the distinction of State Governments, & having but one general System. Suffer me for a moment to examine this question. [FN16]
The mode of constituting the 2d. branch being under consideration.
The word "national" was struck out and "United States" inserted.”

The real question is why do un-Ratified ramblings the Radical Republicans still matter?
42 weeks ago
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And let us not fail to congratulate Sarah Palin, for her endorsement of Orrin Hatch. Orrin. Hatch.
42 weeks ago
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I do not wish to appear crude or socially unacceptable, but there is just no way to sugar coat this - the republican party leadership today has no ba!!$. Period. They do not even have the courage to recognize that this is a real fight for our country; they act as if it is some game instead of the deadly serious issues that exist in reality.

Sadly, there are just too many McCain's-Graham's-Corker's et al in the republican party today. We DESPERATELY need either a serious, conservative leader to rally us (and the disenfranchised democrats who are NOT socialists/commie) or it is finally time to create a VIABLE third party in American politics.

Remember BENGHAZI!
42 weeks ago
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This past weekend, I shouted at the caller from the State Republican Party who wanted a donation. Told him I'd vote for Hillary before I'd vote for Rubio on the basis that the thief/politician that you know is better that the thief/politician you don't.
How can the Republicans do this to our country? Why do they owe more to illegal wet-backs than they do to Americans?
42 weeks ago
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You know, I never realized how fundamentally stupid the Republicans were until now. No wonder Bobby Jindal is beside himself.
42 weeks ago
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P.S. Rubio didn't "sellout". Rubio "SUCKERED"! And quite successfully, I might add. Don't people know a pliticians NATURE by now? They cannot ber politician WITHOUT being CORRUPT! That's p-o-l-i-t-i-c-s. Poli, or polly, meaning more than one. Multiple....Tic, a blood sucking vermin...= politics- Multiple blood sucking vermin!!!
42 weeks ago
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The article is correct in as far as it goes but it doesn't point out the fact that the Republican faction of the DemoRepublicratcan party doesn't have many "useful idiot" faithful left at this point. there will be NO FORGIVENESS for the Republican faction after this!
42 weeks ago
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So, tell me Marco, was it a dead girl or a live little boy that convinced you to sell out?
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