Michele Bachmann was just on with Mark Levin on his radio show a little bit ago (as I write this), and she expressed concern that the phone lines in DC were dead as pertained to the Immigration Bill last week as it wound through the Senate last week on its way to a rubber-stamp by most of the Senate, including those supposedly on the right.
Bachmann was concerned about the lack of participation or involvement by the Tea Party: in 2007 there were marches on DC and the phone lines practically melted. Last week, nary a ripple of anxiety, she observed. She attributed this to the scandals that plague Obama and (I guess) the inability of Tea Party people to focus on anything else. That or she might have figured the steady diet of mainstream news that TP-types are known for consuming (not) didn’t feature the Immigration Bill, so, what? We didn’t know about it?
We know too well what’s happening with the Immigration Bill. We also know the GOP’s complicity in promoting its passage.
We also see Marco Rubio standing next to Chucky (Schmucky) Schumer and that other Tea Party “favorite” John McCain, and we think to ourselves…
We fought for you, Rubio! We collectively promoted your run for Senate against ol’ Charlie Crist, made phone calls, donated, and let the media get away with calling you “Tea Party Favorite”, and this is what you do?
You link arms with the very poster children for all we’ve been fighting against, in the name of what? Fairness? Is that a word Schmucky taught you?
So, yeah Michele, we may have been sitting on our hands for that Senate Cloture vote, because when we put them to work for this bunch, they get slapped after the grunt work is done and we’re told “Don’t TOUCH that! We know better what works!”, a fact which is painfully apparent after the Great GOP Massacre of 2012 after that same hand-slapping apparatus foisted another winner on us.
“Why so upset, Erick??” Pffttt! Maybe I’m too busy with work and am missing some vast “Bigger Picture”?
Also, in case you missed it, Rubio learned another political trick, “the artful misspeak” –
Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican behind the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, says he “probably should have been more artful in the use of terms” when he said in a Spanish-language interview last weekend that the bill first provides for legalization of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., and then, after that, for increased border security.
Rubio made the comments in an interview Wednesday afternoon with radio host Sean Hannity. In the conversation, Hannity referred to earlier Rubio appearances in which the two discussed the role of border security in the Gang of Eight bill. “I remember when I first interviewed you about this,” Hannity said to Rubio, “and I asked you very specifically, do you support border security first, and your answer was yes.”
“Right, but it is border security before the green card,” Rubio responded. “The problem is in the interim you have to do something with the people who are here illegally so we know who they are.”
So Rubio’s answer is we start counting and registering illegal aliens first, then build the fence. Meanwhile, more “potential immigrants” continue to pour through (up 9 percent), and then what? Start counting all over again down the road after the border is again called “secure” by Napolitano or some other appointed hack?
Excuse me if I and others are somewhat jaded these days.
If a Mark Levin calls for a surge, we’ll likely melt the DC phone system once again. But getting the “Tea Party” up for a future fight for a Republican, just because he/she isn’t a Democrat? That’ll be a tougher sell, with the apparent GOP apparatus assimilation of some of the candidates we fought to get elected.
Finding more like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee will be mission number 1.
Tell Michele Bachmann the Tea Party isn’t quite dead…yet. We remain, as before, leaderless despite what some Big Tea group may claim. Leaderless, but never rudderless. Always we steer toward the constitutional principles of our nation’s founding.
Oh, and Marco? You keep doing this
- Steve King Predicts Bad News For Rubio In 2016 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rubio: Amnesty Guaranteed Under Immigration Bill No Matter What Happens with Border Security (joemiller.us)
- “Promise broken:” another immigration hardline group bashes Marco Rubio in FL TV ads (miamiherald.typepad.com)