January 31, 2013, - 1:12 pm
It’s official: Marco Rubio and his staff told today’s Wall Street Journal that Rubio’s role–as I told you all along–is not to ensure that immigration amnesty also includes meaningless border security measures. It’s to pimp the right on amnesty. And his “working girls,” Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and others, were played like violins, this week. And, again, while Rush tried to backpedal yesterday, on Tuesday he told listeners after the Rubio interview, “Maybe we should do this.” He can’t claim he never said that (though he’s tried). It’s on the recordings and in the transcripts on his site.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh played clips of John McCain, one of the Rubio-Schumer Senate Gangbang of Eight pimping the immigration amnesty. In the clips, McCain openly says that he and Marco Rubio get “our [right wing] talk show guys” to come aboard and get on the side of Rubio and, thus, the amnesty bill. And that’s exactly what happened. I’m not sure why Limbaugh proudly played that clip, except to pretend that he didn’t bite the worm on the hook like a starving fish, which is exactly what he did in giving Rubio a gushing, softball opportunity to pimp the amnesty package, with Limbaugh then telling Rubio (as I told you yesterday) how much he admires Rubio for what he’s doing with his involvement in the amnesty push, that Rubio is “recognizing reality.” McCain and the Senate Gangbang of Eight are having the last laugh. They played these people who pretend to be so smart and are unelected “leaders” of the conservatives movement over the microphone. And that was the plan all along. From today’s Journal, Rubio’s top aides participated in this story with his sanction:
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio knew from the outset that championing a major immigration overhaul would expose him and the Republican Party to multiple perils, so he started doing the spadework early. Working off a tight script, the freshman lawmaker began airing his own ideas weeks before he and a bipartisan group of seven other senators unveiled their package of proposals on Monday. In the days since, Mr. Rubio has shouldered the main burden in selling the plan to skittish conservatives, including talk-show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, whose opposition could prove lethal.
Last year’s presidential defeat of Mitt Romney crystallized for the GOP how much its future rests on winning over more Hispanic voters. Negotiating a deal to help solve the country’s nagging immigration problems would build Mr. Rubio a reputation as an effective lawmaker and give him an accomplishment that has eluded many of his Senate predecessors, Republicans say. . . .
The immigration overhaul marks by far his most ambitious legislative effort, opening the possibility that his first major test could also strain ties with some of the conservative groups who championed his rise to the Senate.
That is why he has been so assiduous in reaching out to influential conservatives. . . . A talk-radio backlash helped scupper the last big push for an immigration deal, in 2007 under President George W. Bush. Early signs are that the rollout this time may be going more smoothly for those backing an overhaul.
After their 10-minute talk on his show, Mr. Limbaugh gushed to his listeners that he had gone from “adamantly against” the Senate proposal to thinking, “maybe we should do this.”
In all, Mr. Rubio has granted interviews to more than a dozen conservative outlets this month, going back to several of them repeatedly, his aides said.
His aim is twofold: to sell the overall package, but also to make it clear where he, himself, stands. . . . Mr. Rubio brings unusual attributes to the fight. He was a standout in the 2010 tea-party insurgency, and can sell his ideas in Spanish.
“No one has the political maneuverability on this issue that Marco does,” said Ana Navarro, a GOP political consultant in Miami who has known Mr. Rubio for years.
In promoting his ideas, the senator has turned to a theme that Mr. Obama also adopted in his own immigration speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday: that the U.S. must maintain its exceptional status as a beacon for immigrants, and that doing so requires both sides to work to resolve the country’s immigration problems.
Um, Marco, here’s how you resolve it: deport them. But here’s my FAVORITE part, courtesy of the open borders crowd:
Rich Stolz, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group OneAmerica, said liberals are pleased by Mr. Rubio’s involvement.
“People on the left are glad, if wary,” Mr. Stolz said. “He could make the overall package more conservative, but he will also make it easier to get through Congress.”
And that, dear readers and friends, is exactly what this is all about: Rubio’s presence in leading the amnesty bill to victory through Congress . . . with the help of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and all the others slobbering over this phony. When a so-called “conservative” Senator is championing legislation and policy that the far left applauds, we should be vehemently opposed. Instead, we have mancrush-afflicted co-conspirators like Rush and Levin drooling like airheaded schoolgirls with a huge crush (with apologies to the schoolgirls for the comparison). But what do they care? Both these guys are multi-millionaires who won’t have to compete against illegal aliens on the job market and won’t hurt a bit in paying further and increased entitlements for 30 million additional people instantly thrust on the system.
Muchas Gracias And Viva La Raza!
Tags: amnesty, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Illegal Aliens, Immigration, immigration reform, John McCain, Marco Rubio, Mark Levin, OneAmerica, open borders, Rich Stolz, Rush Limbaugh