What a difference a year makes - never mind a day like in the song by Dinah Washington: “What a difference a day made / Twenty-four little hours / Brought the sun and the flowers / Where there used to be rain…” great song. Today, however, instead that Sun and those flowers we see a dark cloud and soggy rain property of this all-new grumpy and as angry as ever GOP ...
The basic story comes from HERSHEY, PA – At their annual retreat just one year ago, House Republican leaders announced an ambitious proposal to eventually allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.
This year, immigration is still a leading topic for them, only now their internal debate is over how best to threaten all 11 million undocumented immigrants with blanket deportation and whether it’s worth shutting down the Department of Homeland Security to do so in a bill they just passed in the House. Oops!!
A bit more:
Republicans remain divided on how to handle pressing problems, not only like immigration, but homeland security funding, and a contingency on health care (getting rid of Obama-care).
The honeymoon from their massive election victory gave way to a recognition that the only thing uniting them was their opposition to President Obama, as they take on the challenge of running both chambers of Congress. Unlike previous years, the party was unable to find a path forward on key issues.
Senate Republicans didn't settle on a viable plan to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security next month. Leaders acknowledged that the House-passed GOP plan, which also blocks Obama's executive actions on deportation relief, may not pass the upper chamber.
“We're going to try to pass it,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), “and if we're unable to do that we'll see what happens.” (Note: It's all but guaranteed to fail).
However, many GOP senators lack enthusiasm for an all-out brawl with Obama on immigration, and a faction of House Republicans openly criticized their leaders' bill, too recently, like: “I think it's a clear overreach,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA). Then he added, “I think not having a clear message on the issue is a drag on the party.” Just change our image and all will be okay, eh, boys? I mean after all ... first erase this image:
All the while and perhaps worse, the GOP has the unmitigated gall to look
And, now about a hearty BS.