ABC’s Jonathan Karl gets a twofer today. First we saw him call out Paul Ryan’s hypocrisy on the sequester. Now we see him get Newt to say that the GOP will turn down any immigration reform by President Obama simply because they don’t like him.
Yes, Newton Leroy Gingrich had no problem describing how Republicans hate Obama, so no way will they pass his immigration plan, despite what’s good for the country and the people in it, despite the similarities in Republican ideas and the president’s, despite his party’s Big Political Reinvention based on a dire need for Latino voters, and despite the economic benefits of passing such a bill.
Marco Rubio poo-pooed it in pretty strong terms by calling the president’s ideas “dead on arrival”:
“If actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come.”
Who won’t compromise again, Marco? Who’s been obstructing since Inauguration Night 2009? Oh that’s right, your party. And under whose watch have illegal border crossings plunged? Oh that’s right, our current president’s.
Paul Ryan claimed that President Obama “seems to be looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.” (The segment is at the beginning, the first two minutes of the video.) Project much?
Here’s Newt Ginrich telling Karl that GOP disdain for Obama takes precedence over getting something accomplished for the good of the nation:
“I think there’s a very important part of this that the Obama administration probably can’t bring itself to deal with: an Obama immigration plan is not going to pass the House… Just as a Bush Social Security plan after ’04 was dead because it was the Bush Social Security plan. So if you want to actually get legislation…”
“Can I ask you, will a Rubio immigration plan pass the House?”
“No, but I think a Rubio, the House Republicans and House Democrats have been meeting on immigration. I mean, I think there will be a House immigration bill that has a very substantial support that Boehner and Cantor and others will be supporting, and I think that negotiated with a Senate immigration bill that has to have bipartisan support could actually get to the president’s desk. But an Obama plan led and driven by Obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility towards the president and the way he goads the hostility, I think is very hard to imagine that bill, that his bill is going to pass the House.”