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Thursday, January 30, 2014

GOP Chief Reince Priebus On Amnesty: Party ‘Consensus’ Is That ‘Something Big Has To Happen’ --


reince-priebusThe first lie out of his mouth is that the reason he’s pushing amnesty is for the country, not the party. The reason he’s saying that is because the exact and damning opposite is true, and he must deflect from that. The GOP is hereby making policy based on an unsound and cowardly assessment of what is best for itself, as opposed to what is best for America. What’s tragic is that the assessment is wrong; passing amnesty will do nothing to help the party’s electoral chances in either 2014 or 2016. And how does the congressional GOP come to a consensus that “something big has to happen” when only 3% of Americans even want Congress to bother with immigration in 2014? This entire amnesty push is nothing but a shallow, lazy, foolish, cowardly, intellectually and logically bankrupt reaction to the 2012 presidential election; it is precisely the kind of thing that small men with small minds and of no vision, lurching around like dangerous, stumbling drunks do. As we all know, it’s the easy answer, and as we all also know, the easy answer is usually the wrong answer.

Related – Gallup: Only 3% Of Americans Think Congress Should Bother With Immigration Reform In 2014

Excerpted from The Washington Times: Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that there’s a “general consensus” in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country’s immigration laws and that more specifics would be unveiled this week at House Republicans’ annual retreat.

“I think politically speaking it’s a mixed bag, but the question is whether or not it’s something we have to do as a country, and I think that’s what’s trumping the political answer,” Mr. Priebus said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “You see in our party, whether it’s [Kentucky Senator] Rand Paul, who’s called for massive immigration reform, or [Florida Senator] Marco Rubio, I think you have general consensus that something big has to happen.”

Mr. Priebus said House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, has pledged to come up with a set of principles at the party retreat this week and the principles would be shared with the press “as soon as it was done.” Keep reading

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