June 23, 2018
Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018
Yesterday, I said the jig was up when Trump tweeted an endorsement of The Anglin Plan – to wait until after the midterms for any immigration action.
Today, CNN’s Chris Cillizza, who is a piece of shit but actually a generally good analyst, agreed with me.
For weeks, House Republican leaders have been working behind closed doors to thread the needle on an immigration bill that could secure the support of the bulk on their conference.
On Friday morning, President Donald Trump ended all that with a tweet.
“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” Trump tweeted. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”
And, boom goes the dynamite.
Now. The so-called “compromise” legislation — constructed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to make moderates and conservative happy — was already on life support before Trump came in and pulled the plug. A vote on the measure was originally scheduled for Thursday. It was then set for Friday. Then late Thursday, it was postponed until next week as GOP leaders insisted they saw a glimmer of hope to write a bill that might actually pass the House.
That hope is dead now. Imagine you are a conservative Republican resistant to the “compromise” bill because it provides a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. You now have every reason in the world not to come to the table and take a tough vote. The President literally said there was no point!
The question before Ryan and the rest of his leadership team is whether there’s even any merit in trying to push for a vote on the compromise bill next week — or even if it’s worth making some of the changes on things like E-verify that their members expressed a desire for over the past 48 hours.
The problem with pushing for a vote on a bill that’s doomed is you put your members in a very difficult place. Please vote for this legislation — that includes $25 billion to fund Trump’s border wall — even though it has zero chance of passing in the Senate and the President is on record as saying the fight is pointless.
On the other hand, moderates — and many members in swing districts — within the conference want to be able to vote on something regarding DACA before November so that they can go back to their constituents and say they are working hard to address the immigration problem.
Ryan might go ahead and push for the vote.
He is resigning this year. And he knew he was resigning as soon as Trump won.
Clearly, everything he’s been doing since the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 has been meant to position himself for whatever job he is planning to take in the private sector – which he may or may not be delusional enough to believe will some day lead him back into politics.
So I don’t understand the guy’s position, what he thinks will impress whoever his new employers will be.
As far as other Republicans wanting it on record that they tried to do DACA – I have no idea if that is even a real thing. Who are these “moderates” who want a DACA deal? What non-Mexicans, non-full-shitlib crazies, want a DACA deal?
Do these people exist?
I just always assumed they were a fiction created by the media and GOP cucks who want an excuse to push an agenda that their campaign funders and lobbyists want.
Whatever the case – who cares? They vote on the bill, they don’t vote on the bill – if the former, it’s just for signaling purposes, as there is no way it is going to pass.
The Red Wave is coming.
We hold all the cards now.