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I think hell has officially frozen over, because I actually agree with something that David Brooks said. While I do not agree that it's "evil" for the Democrats and President Obama to want to do their best to destroy the Republican party after the way they've conducted themselves, I agree with him that they ought to go after them on immigration reform.
To no one's surprise, it seems Republicans are already doing their best to make sure they run their poll numbers even further into the ground on that matter this week.
House Republicans are refusing to vote on immigration reform this year as a punishment for the way President Obama treated them during the government shutdown.
According to USA Today,
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said he is committed to advancing immigration legislation in this Congress, but there is virtually no interest among GOP lawmakers to vote for the kind of sweeping bill that Democrats are seeking.
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, a conservative who was once a member of a bipartisan House group that tried to draft a broad immigration bill, said the prospects for even smaller bills are slim in the House.
“It’s not going to happen this year,” Labrador said. “After the way the president acted over the last two or three weeks where he would refuse to talk to the speaker of the House … they’re not going to get immigration reform. That’s done.”
Since President Obama wouldn’t let the tea party Republicans deny access to healthcare to 30 million Americans, these same people are going to punish the immigrant community by refusing to vote on comprehensive immigration reform. Yeah, that makes lots of sense.
Once again, House Republicans are revealing that there is no limit to their pettiness. Boehner and his Republicans didn’t get their way on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, so they are going to take their ball and go home. They stopped short of saying that if the president wants them to do vote on immigration reform he has to agree to make changes to the ACA, but I’m sure that’s coming.
Here's Brooks from the clip above discussing those "evil impulses" he might have if he were a Democrat and wanted to drive a final nail into the GOP's coffin:
JUDY WOODRUFF: What do you think happens to those folks who -- who tried so hard to defund Obamacare, defund health care law, who really wanted more out of this confrontation than they got? What happens to them?
DAVID BROOKS: Well, they will have to figure it out. They -- they're putting on a brave face today, but they were so legislatively incompetent.
Competence does essentially matter. They started a fight they couldn't win, there was no possibility of winning, and they marched the party into disaster. So, can they really be unaware of that? Certainly, the rest of the party isn't unaware of that.
If they hadn't done this, we would have spent the last week talking about how badly the Obamacare website is rolling out. Sarah Kliff made that earlier -- that point earlier on in the program. And so this was a colossal blunder.
If I were President Obama, what I would do right now to test this proposition, I would go full-bore on immigration. If the -- well, I will keep calling them the reality caucus. If they can retake control, then they will pass something like what the Senate passed, and President Obama will have a big substantive victory.
If the energy is on the Tea Party side, and they can't pass anything, then they will have further marginalized themselves, and the president will have a great political victory. And so, to me, this is the opportunity to test the proposition whether the Republican Party can change or not. Immigration is the issue.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And this is one of the issues, Mark, he mentioned yesterday...
MARK SHIELDS: He did.
JUDY WOODRUFF: ... besides the budget and the farm bill.
MARK SHIELDS: That's right.
I mean, I think, Judy, looking at the Democrats right now, you had the -- two of the most authoritative observers of congressional elections, Stu Rothenberg, who has appeared on this broadcast this week with Susan Page and you, but Charlie Cook of The Cook Report moved 14 seats toward the Democrats this week, not from the Republican to Democrat, but in the Democrats' direction.
Well, if you're sitting there as a Democrat, you're saying, wait a minute, I want more than this. I mean, I really want -- going into 2014, David and I have questioned whether they could win the majority. I think there is an outside chance, maybe an even growing outside chance, the Democrats could. So...
JUDY WOODRUFF: You mean try to show them up? Is that what you're saying?
MARK SHIELDS: That's right, I mean, try to encourage -- what we had, we didn't have a peace treaty this week, I mean, a pullback. We had a cease-fire in the political wars.
And it's only for 90 days. And I just think that probably, if anything, strengthens the other side. Don't forget, Mitch McConnell, Thad Cochran in Mississippi, Lamar Alexander, they all have primary challenges.
JUDY WOODRUFF: These are all Republican senators.
MARK SHIELDS: These are Republican senators running for reelection.
So, you know, I think that there's a chance that, quite to the contrary, we may see the Democrats encouraging the Tea Party group to engage.
DAVID BROOKS: Well, if I were a Democrat, I would have an evil impulse to spend the next two years just destroying the Republican Party.
MARK SHIELDS: Aren't you glad you're not a Democrat for your evil impulse?
DAVID BROOKS: I remain pure for that reason.
DAVID BROOKS: But I would just say, pick one wedge issue after another, an issue in which the Tea Party just tears apart the Republican Party, and then really they will nominate Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, and they will carry three counties in Mississippi.