Marco Rubio says the Presidents “Plan B” on immigration reform will be dead on arrival. I am not so sure. Let’s look at it and see why the presidents backup plan, if it comes down to it, can make it through both houses.
First things first. To understand the reasoning behind having a plan b, you have to first look at where plan A is coming from. No one in this country is living under a rock, we all know how dysfunctional the congress has been. The debt ceiling negotiations showed America exactly what the house of representatives is about. Gridlock and showboating for ideas that are not so much ideas as they are the whining carping noise of spoiled brats who expect to get everything they want when they want it, and that is both sides of the argument. And what they did with every other major piece of legislation over two plus years points to a level of ineffectiveness that is as startling as it is sweeping.
The filibustering that happens in the senate on every single piece of important piece of legislation, where everything is forced to a cloture vote shows a complete and utter disregard for the needs of the people of this divided nation. The senate cannot agree to a simple straight up and down vote on anything. Mitch McConnell and his cronies have made sure that everything that runs through the senate has the taint of obstructionism attached to it.
But there are other things afoot here with immigration legislation. The Republicans, the architects of the obstructionism listed above, know that part of the reason they got beaten in the 2012 election cycle was the fact that they lost the Latino vote by a nearly 4 to 1 margin and they want desperately to change that. The know they need something to hang their hats on that will attract latino voters, and the best place to do that would be here.
But the obstructionists have a history of shooting themselves in the foot. Enter the President with a backup plan, just in case the obstructionists do what they do best and block sensible legislation.
Now we know Republicans don’t generally cotton to voting for democratic proposals, especially with a democrat in the White House. But that should be mitigated somewhat with the need to try to attract Latino voters to a Republican party that is becoming the party of old white people and rich tax dodgers.
Now I am not saying that there is going to be widespread Republican support for any plan B that comes from the Presidents desk. I’m not even sure if it will come to that plan B. What I am saying is this; there is a likelihood that enough Republicans, sensing nationwide losses that could occur if they do nothing on this subject, will jump on board and vote for sensible legislation, especially on a subject as high profile as this.
Especially those Republicans in blue or purple states. And there are enough of those to turn a Democratic plan B which has in it a road to turn illegals into citizens (and voters who may well vote for them if they give them a chance to live here) and makes them pay taxes on money earned when they were illegals into a winner even in Republican circles. You would think that more voters on their roles and more money in government coffers without raising taxes would be popular with them. Go fig.
Marco Rubio would be better served looking out for the long term interests of the nation rather than focusing on shooting Republicans in the foot with fiery rhetoric.