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The Obligatory Contrite Retraction: First, I mislinked my fruits, flakes and nuts below. It seems that Eliot Spitzer isn’t running for mayor; he’s running for comptroller. So I get my perverts mixed up, alright? Secondly, no one has suggested that John Boehner is even remotely considering leaving Congress—and God knows, the people in his district are pretty damned dumb. Contrarily, it would probably take dynamite to get this piece of burnt toast out from under the Capitol spa sunlamps. Mickey Kaus does, however, suggest in the blog linked below that if Boehner pulls a fast one on immigration he will more than likely be removed as speaker. My larger point was that these guys don’t live by the laws the enact and therefore have nothing to lose by sticking the American people with another broken immigration law. Okay, that wasn’t my point at all, but I had to say something. Hey, if 500-plus members of the House and Senate can mess up a country this badly, I can make an irresponsible mistake once in a while.—RRG
The conservative blogosphere is on fire with John Boehner’s immigration reform dilemma. What? That’s right, dilemma.
MR. TODD: …. Let me tell you something else, David. White House, now I have– they had been so confident that they were going to sign immigration reform this year. For the first time I– I am hearing that there is some doubt seeping in, that they think that maybe the House won’t act. What they need is they need an– they need something to sort of force Boehner to like at the last minute bring it to the floor the same way that the fiscal cliff deal happened. The problem is there’s no trigger at the end of this year. There isn’t the end of this Congress. There isn’t this. So I don’t know how this happens by the end of this year and suddenly now the White House doesn’t see a path to how this happens…
GREGORY: Right. Fire is all around them, no real second-term agenda when they have to deal with all these problems.
MS. MITCHELL: And immigration was going to be the one thing that they could have pointed to. And I think that conversation with John Boehner and the president, the president doesn’t have a whole well of trust in Boehner saying, you know, hang with me, I can get this done by the end of the summer. Boehner still doesn’t have the support and you heard what– what Congressman Labrador has been saying, they don’t have a Marco Rubio on the House side who can try to work around the edges… [Emphasis added]…
Wait a minute–John Boehner said what to the President? Remember that Boehner is probably the key to whether or not the bill passes. If he wants to engineer a House floor vote, in defiance of his caucus, it might. Otherwise, not so likely. So a great deal of temperature-taking and tea-leaf reading has gone into figuring out which side Boehner is really on. Andrea Mitchell seems to be saying: He’s telling the President he’s trying to get a bill passed. Just give him time. And given an opening, he’ll make it happen… [An absolutely must read]
Thought: If your speaker is contemplating falling on his sword for a contributor’s gig, you are probably in trouble. Think Teddy Kennedy smiling from the Steam Bath…
Note: Be sure to visit our new bud at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot. Thanks! —RRG
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