WASHINGTON, November 7, 2014 — The Republican Party offered the voters a deal on Tuesday. Elect us and we’ll see to it that Obamacare is repealed and the borders will be secured, plus there will be no amnesty for illegal aliens. It was wall to wall – it didn’t matter who was doing the messaging, whether it was the candidates, their campaigns or even Karl Rove’s American Crossroads.
If there can be any doubters in Washington about Americans intentions regarding so-called ‘immigration reform’, they could give former House Majority Whip, Eric Cantor a ring.
You could also show them Kellyanne Conway’s “the polling company inc./woman trend” national scientific poll of the people who voted, which found that 80% want new jobs created by the economy to go to American workers and legal immigrants already in the country .
If there’s any second guessing about Obamacare, they can tweet the 24 ex-Senators who voted for its passage. Voters returned the contract later that evening with a ballot mark indicating their acceptance. It’s binding.
So, it’s all out there in abundance and can’t be walked back. But how is the Republican Congress going to make good on all this?
The first two obstacles in the path are Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. Regarding Obamacare, McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire said in an email on Wednesday:
“Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation.”
This was after a barrage of criticism on McConnell’s waffling was launched by Red State, Richard Viguerie’s Conservative HQ, Brent Bozell’s For America and the Heritage Foundation. Most expect that votes to repeal various features of the ACA that involve spending, will be brought up for votes, employing the method of budget reconciliation, which can be passed with a simple majority.
Obama is certain to veto all of them. The individual mandate’s unpopularity means some Democrats might join the GOP in voting for repeal, but President Obama has indicated he would veto any such measure, saying Nov. 5, “The individual mandate is a line I can’t cross.”
Even so, the strategy is seen to have merit by further exposing the Democrat party’s unwillingness to walk back the most unpopular features of Obamacare. As this will be still on the front burner next year during the lead in to the 2016 presidential nomination race, Obamacare is likely to be an albatross to the party and to Hillary Clinton, if she runs.
“Americans have risen up and frankly on a national level they have given Republicans another chance,” Cruz said. “Now is the time to go after and do everything humanly possible to repeal Obamacare. Now is the time to stand up to the president and say no more amnesty. Now is the time to stand up and say follow the Constitution, honor the rule of law and protect the Bill of Rights.”
Then you have the ongoing problem with House Speaker John Boehner, continuing to not comprehend voters intentions on immigration reform.
Boehner said at a press conference today that “it is just time to deal with” the issue of immigration reform, indicating he hopes to enact an immigration law in the coming year. The American people made it clear on Election Day, they want to get things done, and they don’t want the president acting on a unilateral basis.”
Actually, “the American people” made it clear that they don’t want amnesty or anything that resembles it. Six Republican Senators–Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Mike Crapo, (R-ID), sent a letter to lame-duck Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid describing Obama’s planned unilateral action as a “lawless amnesty” that “will create a constitutional crisis.”
This is another issue that the election hinged on and also one in which there are methods available to the GOP Congress they can leverage in resistance not only to whatever executive order Obama might issue, as Senator Sessions outlines to Megyn Kelly at about 2 minutes into this video clip from Fox News:
We voted on Tuesday and sent a message. Now we must follow up and … Make D.C. listen.