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Oct 22 2013

Rubio’s Unwitting Admission

Marco Rubio went on Fox News on Sunday and unwittingly admitted that the Republicans are so petty and focused on political revenge that they would refuse to work out an immigration plan with President Obama because he didn’t give in to them on the budget and debt ceiling fight.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) suggested on Sunday that President Obama’s refusal to compromise with Republicans on Obamacare to re-open the government and raise the nation’s debt ceiling has jeopardized the chances of passing comprehensive immigration reform.

“I think immigration reform is harder to achieve today an it was three weeks ago because of what happened here,” the first-term senator said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, before agreeing with opponents of immigration reform who warn that that the Obama administration will simply fail to enforce border security or other aspects of a bill he disagrees with.

“The president has undermined this effort, absolutely, because of the way he has behaved over the last three weeks,” Rubio added. “This notion that they’re going to get in a room and negotiate a deal with the president on immigration is much more difficult to do…because of the way the president has behaved towards his opponents over the last three weeks.”

I’ve got news for you, Marco. The opposition to immigration reform is going to come from the same far-right members of both houses of Congress that caused all this nonsense of the last few weeks. And those people not only refuse to compromise on any issue, they see compromise as doing the work of the devil himself (in the person of Obama, of course).

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  1. 1
    Doug Little

    “This notion that they’re going to get in a room and negotiate a deal with the president on immigration is much more difficult to do…because of the way the president has behaved towards his opponents over the last three weeks.”

    By negotiate he means cave to every republican demand no matter what, in this context then this actually makes sense.

  2. 2
    Raging Bee

    Expect to see more of this blatantly dishonet blame-shifting between now and next November. A LOT more. The Republicans know their behavior has cost them a lot of support, and may lose them Virginia this year; so they now have to rewrite the entire narrative from their loony demands to the evil democrats’ refussal to cave to their loony demands.

    And I’m sure the entire “news” media will help them out, just by lazily droning on and on about “the process” and “Washington” and “partisanship” and whatever other fuzzwords will help them to complain about the problem without actually sayng anything substantive about it.

  3. 3
    Raging Bee

    PS: Does Rubio ever do anything “witting?”

  4. 4
    eric

    “I think immigration reform is harder to achieve today an [sic] it was three weeks ago because of what happened here,”

    Meh, what an empty threat. When you’re scraping the bottom of the partisan barrel, telling your opponents that you’re going to get even less bipartisan because of what they just did doesn’t have much oomph behind it. I’m sure the Dems won’t like it when GOP goes back to obstructionism and the Hastert rule after this brief and limited blink, but its hard to imagine that they will feel scared or threatened by it. You’re trying to threaten them with behavior that has become SOP for the Republican House. Given the popularity of the House right now, I’d expect a response more along the lines of “go ahead, make our day.”

  5. 5
    Modusoperandi

    That’s ridiculous. Even if they’d succeeded in scuttling the ACA, they’d simply find a different reason to scuttle immigration reform anyway. That’s what they do.

  6. 6
    Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach

    “Do what we want or we’ll do what we always do” Very compelling argument.

  7. 7
    John Pieret

    The whole reason there was any movement toward immigration reform in the first place was that the Republicans crunched the demographic numbers and the outcome of the 2012 elections and realized that they had to do something to keep the rising tide of Hispanic voters from swamping them.

    The Kamikaze Caucus takes to the air again.

  8. 8
    unbound

    Are there any adults on that side of the aisle?

  9. 9
    marcus

    MO @ 5 Ah yes, the old Scorpion and Frog fable. They should be reminded that the Scorpion drowned also, no scuttling away after that!
    Dave @6 “Do what we want or we’ll do what we always do are going to do anyway”
    Even more true!

  10. 10
    D. C. Sessions

    Ah, yes. Bipartisanship. Sort of like during Obama’s first 100 days in office, the famous “Presidential Honeymoon.”

  11. 11
    Michael Heath

    unbound writes:

    Are there any adults on that side of the aisle?

    Adults? When I left the party in 2008 I observed a mere handful capable of turning out the lights; and they’re considered RINOS.

  12. 12
    exdrone

    I thought that the Republican preconditions for immigration reform have always been (1) build the fence and (2) defund Obamacare.

  13. 13
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Compromise with us = cave in completely to our demands.

  14. 14
    The Beautiful Void

    @12 exdrone:

    I thought that the Republican preconditions for definition of immigration reform have has always been… build the fence

    Fixed it for you.

  15. 15
    Johnny Vector

    “Don’t make me turn this car around” isn’t exactly a terrifying threat when you’ve already turned the car around, driven back home, crashed through a fence and are currently floating in the neighbor’s pool.

  16. 16
    democommie

    “Mario! RUBIO!!” is a game that Tony Montana and his “Little friends” used to play in the internment camp after the Mariel Boatlift. True story.

  17. 17
    dogmeat

    because of the way the president has behaved towards his opponents over the last three weeks

    Seriously? The way Obama behaved? I don’t even like the guy and had to admit he handled the idiocy of the shutdown and the debt ceiling debate tantrum quite well. This is nearly as idiotic as the shutdown itself was. They’ve spent the last four years trying to block everything this president has tried to do. Pulled out all of the stops, culminating in their attempt to blackmail the complete surrender of any ability to govern, and he condemns the president’s behavior? I can understand the wingnuts who believe that Obama is the devil, evil, etc., they’re nuts and should be expected to act the way they do. But erstwhile “responsible” Republicans making these idiotic statements and comments supporting the nuts? It’s akin to telling your family member who thinks they’re Superman where the key is to the door to the roof of the building.

  18. 18
    Crimson Clupeidae

    -insert ‘suicide squad’ clip here-

    That’s about how effective they’ve become.

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