The recent capitulation by Capitol Republicans came as a shock to many. Surely the combination of 75% approval from the public, the fact that most of the actual security operations of DHS were “essential services” and would not be shut down at all, and having majorities in both the House and Senate would seem to have permitted SOMETHING to have gone to Obama’s desk, from which a whole new politics would have emerged, possibly with positive results. Isn’t that the game, now? Fire things up to the President and make him veto these common sense proposals? At some point, nervous Democrats will be anxious to start asserting Congressional prerogatives again and abandoning him.
Instead of these sensible and politically smart steps, what we get is a total surrender. I certainly understand the unwillingness to act because of being blamed for the total government shutdown last year (totally unfair though it was). But that was the total government, with Obama making it as “painful as possible” for everybody and Senate Democrats simply refusing to do anything at all. This DHS battle was a much smaller fight, over clear constitutional issues, with broad public support and with Republicans in charge (at least on paper) in the Senate. For Pete’s sake, GOP, when you get Obama in your sights like this, pull the trigger! I am sure they had all kinds of advice on how this could have been done, so I am not going to add mine. I just wish they would get some spine, like they promised.
They may believe that the courts will eventually rein Obama in, but since when has Obama followed the courts or the law, or anything else? I believe we need to find SOMEBODY with a spine, and just produce a little public service message, in Spanish, something like this: “President Obama is trying to tell you that you can become a legal resident of this country just because he says so. That is illegal for him to do. If you participate in this, you will do two things. You will ADMIT that you are here illegally, and you will register so that the government will know exactly where you are. Don’t be tricked by Obama.”