March 3, 2015

EVERY LOSS FOR THE rIGHT IS A WIN FOR THE GOP:

Boehner Outfoxes His Critics. Again. (Jonathan Bernstein, 3/03/15, Bloomberg View)

John Boehner is very, very good at his job.

You'd never know that from the news coverage of the House defeat of his proposed three-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security. After an unusual combination of conservative Republicans and almost all House Democrats rebuffed the speaker's bill, the Senate jumped in to pass a one-week interim measure, which the House then approved, avoiding a partial government shutdown.

The House will reportedly complete the process today by passing a "clean" bill to fund the department for a full year without the riders that would have restricted Barack Obama's actions on immigration. 

Pundits and reporters have portrayed the chain of events as a disaster for the speaker, and are wondering again if his job is in jeopardy. So why do I think Boehner's "defeat" was actually a brilliant maneuver?

Remember the basic story: Republican foes of immigration reform are suffering a defeat.

Posted by at March 3, 2015 2:52 PM
  

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