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Republicans Who Cry As Obama Acts Alone Must Explain Why They’ve Done Nothing for 509 Days

Last updated on November 19th, 2014 at 02:44 pm

Sure, they haven’t done anything for 509 days, but Republicans suddenly claim to have secret plans for immigration reform, crafted specifically to make Obama look bad.

Republicans have done nothing on immigration reform, which is why President Obama has been threatening to finally take executive action. Republicans now claim that if Obama even talks about taking action, it’s going to ruin all of their plans. And they have plans! If only Obama doesn’t mess things up for them by acting like a President, thereby initiating another round of rebellious tea teens gone wild in the House.

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer at Politico reported Tuesday on the Republicans previously secret plans to have plans. Specifically, Republicans have plans because if only they can finally pass something, they can make Obama look like the bad guy. Passing some kind of immigration reform would “make Obama seem like he’s overreaching by changing policy without a Congress that’s suddenly willing to act on long-stalled immigration reform.”

So, hatred of Obama might propel the GOP to action. This is not a surprise to the nation, or to this President who may have finally figured out how to use the Republicans’ Obama Derangement Syndrome to force them to actually legislate. Or at least think about legislating.

Sherman and Palmer write that GOP leaders have been privately discussing “introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both chambers. The discussions, which were secret until now, are aimed at trying to separate the immigration debate from the government-funding discussion.”

Translation: Some Republicans were trying to get something done before the tea babies caught on. But the gig is up now.

Their big ideas are thus, but don’t get excited, because now that Obama has ideas too, the tea babies are thinking that funding the government is a bad idea, because spite: “The talks come as President Barack Obama prepares to change immigration laws through executive action. Those plans have angered Republicans and have complicated Congress’s plans to keep the government funded past Dec. 11.”

Politico was dubious as to the odds of this strategy succeeding, given that “The House has dragged its feet on immigration reform for months, and it’s not clear how a Senate Republican majority will react to any immigration legislation.”

Justin Goodman pointed out that Republicans have actually been dragging their feet on immigration for 509 days:

For 509 days Republicans did nothing, which is akin to 5 years in GOP House schedule “working days”.

Then, only when it seemed likely that President Obama would take executive action, Republicans geared up in SECRET to try to pass something JUST SO THEY COULD MAKE OBAMA LOOK BAD. But even this juvenile hope might be dashed, as it remains to be seen whether or not Boehner can even get something passed in the House.

While Boehner et al try to blame Obama for their failure to act, it is pretty obvious who is pulling the strings right now. President Obama has put Republicans between a tea bag and the wall of his own will.

Republicans have been forced to try to come up with a way to appear to be working, but they are not even sure they can pull that off because their members hate the President so much that his mere suggestion of acting like a president is enough to kick them into defund the government cries, and this is not good for the GOP’s 2016 hopes.

President Obama never has to run for office again, but these people do. And right now, they look like fools.

Sarah Jones

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