A conservative Republican’s frustration is that they are constantly under attack by moderate Republicans on key issues such as gun control and amnesty for illegal immigrants. These ideological shivs in your back arrive under the corrupt guise of bipartisanship.
True bipartisanship is something I support. It is rare to see anything remotely similar in Washington. Bipartisanship is when the Republicans give in to the Democrats and move to the left on a topic to avoid The New York Times writing something negative about them.
It seems that Republicans have been trying to convince the electorate since the red trickle election last month that they didn’t win big. My friend and colleague Matt Vespa recently wrote about a Senate bill that would allow amnesty.
Although I am not a strong social conservative, you can probably say that the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act did not earn any benefits with GOP base voters. What do Republicans want to do in the current lame-duck session? A grand deal on immigration could result in millions of illegal aliens being granted citizenship.
The Sens reached an agreement. Thom Tillis (R–NC) and Kyrsten Silena (D–AZ) reached a deal. The border wall is not being funded. That would be a good thing. It will allow approximately two million beneficiaries of Obama’s illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to become citizens. This provision conceals the fact that after these two million have completed the process, they can sponsor extended family members. That means that, while two million might be close to seven million, I am being conservative.
The Washington Post article was covered well by one of my colleagues. She summarized the main points of the story in the following passage.
It is beyond my comprehension as to why Tillis signed up for this. Because he is fully functional, he should be added to the NFL concussion protocols. Sinema’s sponsorship of the event is disappointing. She acts in the best interest of Arizona, even though her fellow Democrats criticize her.
This is not in the best interest of the citizens of this state, even though I am a native.
This bill’s second tier is especially troubling. It makes it impossible for Republicans to support it. It’s almost as if they just want to open the gate for a few seconds, and then throw it open until no one is watching.
Another point brought up by my colleague is something I would like to address.
Are Republicans even able to pass such a bill that would anger the conservative base? Did they even consider this when drafting the bill?
This is a constant trigger point for me. Sometimes, the Republicans seem to lack the ability for strategic thinking. This is particularly true when it comes to messaging, which is why they failed in November — as well as optics. This whiff shows Tillis’ inability to do both.
The party is still trying to stop the bleeding from the midterms. A Republican senator has been in office for almost eight years and thinks it’s a smart idea to provide assistance to a Barack Obama program that is hated by all conservatives and most moderate members.
Let me rephrase: Tillis didn’t think about this one. A rookie Republican in Congress would understand that partnering up with the Dems on amnesty was a major party sin.
Call me cranky, but it would be nice not to have to deal with the very real consequences of a porous frontier just because Kyrsten Sinema batted eyes at a Republican in North Carolina and made his squish friends think they might get to dance at homecoming with her.
This great Republic is in grave danger because of the pathetic, almost pathological, need to be liked by the congressional Republicans.