“Biblical” isn’t even the right adjective to describe the Biden administration’s orchestration of the border invasion. In recent days, the average annual rate has been 3-4 million people from all parts of the world. But Senate Republican leaders, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), not only agree to fund Biden’s catch-and-release and “parole” programs, they also hold hands with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) ) to block House Republicans with a continuing resolution to fund the status quo.
It doesn’t matter that in doing so, Republicans are undermining their influence on immigration and other existential crises.
Much of the recent budget dispute has focused on the discord of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Few people know that the Senate Republican Party is even worse. Although Democrats officially control the chamber, their narrow one-seat majority is far from enough to reach the 60 votes needed to pass a government funding bill.
A GOP conference with a modicum of deference to the party’s platform could easily stymie Schumer’s desire to fund Biden’s violation of the social compact and national sovereignty, giving the House time to take the first step in the budget crisis. Unfortunately we can’t have nice things.
Senate Republicans have agreed to allow Schumer to pass a “clean” funding resolution through the Senate without a filibuster. Only 19 of the 49 Republicans The majority of first-time senators declined to vote to continue debating the bill.
Senate Republicans’ complete disregard for harmful government policies is such that they are even willing to abandon their obsession with Ukraine just to block the House of Representatives.
Senate Republicans originally demanded that the continuing resolution include Biden’s additional $24 billion in Ukraine funding, but now they are settling for that only $6.1 billion to pressure the House of Representatives to continue the Biden status quo on all other issues. They expect that removing Ukraine funding from the law will give them more leverage to keep the government open, minus any reforms to Biden’s border policies or the armed Justice Department.
In short, even if Senate Republicans care more about Ukraine than our border, in this case they are willing to give up Ukraine funding to ensure that there is no national struggle for risk to find a solution to the to force invasion.
And that is exactly what an invasion is. Planting foreign nationals Venezuelan flags on the US side of the Rio Grande, but Republican senators are more concerned about Ukraine and a temporary delay in pay for some federal employees who will enjoy retroactive paid leave. Republicans seem completely uninterested in why the Border Patrol is now flagging down millions of military-age men while preventing Texas from securing its border.
Biden has launched his own parole program that will allow countless Venezuelans, Haitians and Cubans to fly into the United States without visas and stay there indefinitely. Almost 100% of the 225,000 who have come so far have been approved, in addition to the millions that are collapsing our land borders. Even Senate Republicans acknowledge that Biden has allowed 7.6 million illegal immigrants to come to our border, but their solution is to undermine the only leverage we have to combat them.
This entire budget saga reveals a very unpleasant political reality that conservatives will have to contend with through 2024. Even in a best-case scenario in which Republicans retake the White House and the Senate and expand their slim majority in the House of Representatives, conservative will remain a clear minority. In fact, the left consistently enjoys an 80-20 majority… and that’s generous to the conservatives.
These aren’t just foul-mouthed moderate Republicans. The upper house is full of energetic leftists who often believe in the top leftist desiderata more than even the most pure democrats. Let’s not forget that during the coronavirus crisis, Republicans officially controlled the Senate and passed the CARES Act, which led to the worst tyranny and debt-fueled inflation ever. McConnell and others praised it as a World War II-style investment.
Although Republicans are obsessed with public health, they still don’t feel a sense of urgency to close the border, even though we’re seeing it now tuberculosis and other highly contagious diseases occurring among new arrivals from all parts of the world. And let’s not forget that, according to Senate Republicans, corruption and money laundering in Ukraine is one of the Democrats’ main targets Biden didn’t spend anything enough of our money for Ukrainian salaries and weapons as we suffer from debt and inflation.
It didn’t have to be like this. Some of us worked on the Senate primaries Years. Personally, I tried to recruit against McConnell and his top lieutenants, but I was constantly told, “We just have to beat the Democrats.” Ten years ago, heading into what seemed like a good year for Republicans, I warned A Fox opinion column said we would be “building a GOP majority on quicksand” — a majority that would lead to liberal supermajority support.
For the last decade, I have warned against nominating or re-nominating Senators like Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Cindy Hyde Smith (R-Miss.), Thom Tillis (R-Miss.). to nominate. ), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). No one joined the movement against these people, and they won overwhelmingly, even though they screwed the conservatives on every major issue. Now Republicans are poised to continue the trend of nominating morons and ideological weaklings from deep red states by favoring Jim Justice – the lockdown king of West Virginia — to challenge Joe Manchin for Senate in another deep red state.
All too often we are told that it is always better to vote for a Republican rather than a Democrat in the general election. Undoubtedly, the time to focus on such fights is during the primaries. Unfortunately, our people are asleep at the wheel and choose to renominate every single incumbent, regardless of their spinelessness.
But as the current budget fight shows, there are times when liberal Republicans are more effective at undermining our privileges than Democrats. Nothing is more important than a household bill. Still, Senate Republicans will cede their influence to Democrats every time.
At some point, when we are so far from a conservative majority in the Senate, it is better to focus on quality rather than quantity.