How Marco Rubio blew his immigration moment … And how he can still emerge a hero
By Bill Scher
Rubio is now stuck with the worst of both political worlds. If immigration reform becomes law, Rubio won’t get much credit from reform advocates, yet will still suffer plenty of blame from anti-immigration forces. And if it doesn’t become law because of resistance from House conservatives, Rubio will have to explain why he couldn’t make the sale.
However, Rubio does have time to change his circumstances. With the House Republicans now bristling at the Senate bill, there is no guarantee that the bill will reach the president’s desk. What can Rubio do to change that?
Take the lead in debunking the lies circulating in anti-immigrant circles that are stoking conservative opposition.
Rubio took a stab at this in a Senate floor speech last week, rebutting various falsehoods, including the wild claim that the bill would let Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security waive the border security requirements, or that a future Congress could withdraw the border security funding, or even that the bill provides government subsidies for people to buy scooters. “That is not true” was Rubio’s repeated refrain.
Rubio should dust off himself, stop talking about himself, and get back on the conservative circuit. Show fellow conservatives how the attacks against the bill are pure nonsense. Prove they are disingenuously designed to obscure that conservatives won the “secure the border first” argument. Go right at the heart of anti-reform outrage and strip it of all legitimacy.
Rubio is now a Liberal Pet. As for the “lies” in the bill, you are just practicing “TAQIYYA”. Remember ObamaCare “death panel” was a supposed “lie”, then we see the courts had to intervene to prevent Kathleen Sebelius, the single handed death panel from sentencing a 10 year old to death preventing her from a lung transplant. Remember ObamaCare is suppose to lower everyone’s costs. Remember how ObamaCare you will be able to keep your doctor and insurer.
We see how you treat the border now and your lack of enforcing Immigration laws. We are screwed with any kind of Democratic Immigration reform filled with empty promises, just like ObamaCare. Your article is for football season Charlie Brown and Marco Rubio.
Rubio is a Democrat’s rube! Mr. Pinko