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October 24, 2013 - 8:30 am

Politico reports that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will introduce an immigration bill.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to release legislation next week that would provide legal status for six years to undocumented immigrants in the United States, he said in an interview Wednesday.

Issa, an influential Republican who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, described the legislation as a “come-from-the-shadows” effort that would allow the government to do a full accounting of those who are in the U.S. illegally. Immigrants in this new status would be able to travel to their native country while on this temporary visa, he said.

And so forth.

Barack Obama desperately wants to pivot to immigration now, to distract the nation from his massive Obamacare disaster and put Republicans who are winning that issue back on the defensive. He also wants to highlight an issue which divides Republicans and gives the so-called mainstream media — who are uniformly in favor of “comprehensive immigration reform” — a club to beat Republicans with. In fact, during the House hearings on Obamacare’s rollout today, President Obama delivered remarks at the White House precisely to create that distraction. It was surreal — here was the president pushing some new “reform” while his previous “reform” is an epic failure and disaster. On a basic level, why should anyone trust him to “reform” anything when he isn’t even bothering to correct his last “reform.” Obama is so uninterested in governing that he doesn’t even understand that the only way he could have looked more foolish today was if he had come out at the White House wearing a giant red wig, and huge red nose and huge floppy shoes.

But here comes Darrell Issa to help Obama doff the clown suit.

Helping Obama pivot to immigration right now makes no sense, purely from a tactics perspective. Why play into Obama’s plans and timing? Why press ahead with an issue on which Republicans are divided, when an issue that unites them is there for the winning?

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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They don't call them The Stupid Party for nothing.
46 weeks ago
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So far Issa has been all sound and fury signifying nothing.

He wants to impress me then he can throw people into jail. Not give twits like Lois Lerner over $100,000 a year pension for the good work of suppressing conservatives and TEA party groups.
46 weeks ago
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Issa can do nothing on his own. Has he had any significant backing in his Benghazi probe?
46 weeks ago
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insane? or crazy like a fox? keeping immigration out of the news by going along to get along but never going all the way?

i'm 110% behind Jeff Sessions. but maybe we have to settle. while obamacare burns, don't distract the low-information voters. don't help the media carry water for Obama to put out the obamacare fire by complaining about the heartless republicans who hate Hispanics.
46 weeks ago
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There is nothing clever about crafting a political strategy to please LIVs and the media (but I repeat myself).
46 weeks ago
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The thing about "never going all the way" is, once you've gone halfway, going halfway again from there is so much easier. And then halfway again from there, and...
46 weeks ago
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Why hasnt any committee he has chaired made any progress on the various imperial overreaches of the Obama admin? At some point you have to compare it to Pro Wrestling, its all fake, you be the good guy this time, i will be the bad guy, as long as the marks keep paying the bills.

Enter a real wrestler, lets call him Cruz, and suddenly everyone is crying bully!!!! hmmm.....
46 weeks ago
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Shame about Issa doing this. I think he's doing a solid job with Benghazi.
46 weeks ago
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"a solid job with Benghazi"??!!?!!?!?!?!??!!?!?!?

A solid job with Benghazi would be maybe someone at state fired? Obama disgraced and voted out of office, Hillary disgraced and an albatross in DC.

If that is a solid job with Benghazi, i have a government website that lets you sign up for healthcare, that you would love.
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