The Republican outrage following President Obama’s announcement on immigration has been hilarious. It’s been so over the top that they’re impossible to take seriously. Then again, when isn’t their fake outrage comically over the top whenever President Obama does, well, practically anything?
Republicans let me warn you, whatever you all do, don’t you dare Google the past executive orders issued on immigration by Saint Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Dubya. If you do, there’s a very high likelihood that you’ll realize they all issued executive orders on immigration as well. Heck, you all might even find out that in 1986, Reagan passed essentially the same immigration bill President Obama wants passed now.
But let’s take a look at what some Republicans in Congress have said since the president announced his plans to do what he can on immigration since John Boehner and House Republicans have refused to do anything.
Since Obama’s speech, I’ve heard Republicans:
- Suggest President Obama should be impeached.
- Threaten to shut down the government.
- Claim this kills any chance at working together on meaningful bipartisan legislation with the president.
- Say they’ll hold up his nominees.
- Continue to say they’re going to vote to repeal “Obamacare.”
- Say they’ll keep doing what they can to sabotage “Obamacare.”
- Say they’re going to sue the president (which they finally did).
So, in other words, they’re going to behave in exactly the same manner as they have since he took office in January 2009?
I’m sure if President Obama hadn’t taken this action on immigration, Republicans were absolutely going to make a real effort to work with him – something they haven’t done since he became president.
That’s what has been the most laughable part of all of the right-wing rhetoric since election night. After 5+ years of dedicating themselves to blocking, opposing or obstructing anything President Obama supports, with more power Republicans were suddenly going to become big fans of working with the president? Give me a break.
You have to be an absolute moron to believe that.
What Republicans will do these next two years is attempt to pass bills that they know the president won’t sign, then they’ll go on Fox News whining and complaining that President Obama refuses to work with them.
No matter what President Obama ultimately did on immigration, Republicans were never going to work with him. They didn’t work with him when he was first elected, they didn’t work with him when they took control of the House in 2010 and they damn sure weren’t going to work with him during his last two years in office.