The PJ Tatler

Rubio Blackmails the GOP Base on Immigration

Pass my bill or Obama will just do whatever he wants.

“I believe that this president tempted will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, to issue an executive order as he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen,” Rubio said in an interview Tuesday on WFLA’s “The Morning Show with Preston Scott.”

If that were to happen, Rubio warned, Republicans would not get the provisions they have been fighting for in the immigration debate, such as billions of dollars to strengthen border security and a workplace “e-Verify” system to help ensure that employers do not hire undocumented workers.

“I have tried to come up as best as possible, given who controls the Senate, with a way to start the conversation to at least address some of these issues,” Rubio said. “It only gets worse as times goes on.”

So pass my conversation-starter or Obama will just do whatever he wants.

As a senator with a national name, Rubio could take the fight directly to Obama both to prevent a royal edict and to fight him afterward if Obama went ahead.

But instead, Rubio is taking the fight to his own base, with a threat.

Ridiculous. Florida may as well have elected Charlie Crist to that seat.