Deep Divisions Will Spill Over

As the GOP meets for its annual retreat the subject of immigration reform is coming up.  Not surprisingly, the very deep divisions in the party are starting to come out.  Make no mistake about it, this is going to be a nasty fight in the GOP.  It really puts the different wings of the party at each other’s threats.  In many ways it is a wedge issue for the GOP the way busing and affirmative action used to be for Democrats.

This fight will carry over into 2016.  You can ask Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich how being supportive of the DREAM ACT or a path to citizenship plays with the party’s conservative base.  Is it possible to survive the issue?  Sure, McCain did it gets harder if the party’s anti-immigration wing can unite behind one candidate this time.

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Don’t Believe the Hype

If you look at the news it appears that Hillary Clinton is going to run away with the Democratic nomination.  Don’t believe it.  Someone is going to run against her and the fact that they aren’t Hillary Clinton is enough to get some backing in the polls.

This is especially true because the media alone wants a horse race story.  Also, there is plenty of stuff to attack the Clintons on.

Had to Laugh

It is being reported that the hotel where the GOP is having their annual Congressional retreat has “throw back Thursday” at the hotel’s restaurant.  Someone upstairs has a real good sense of humor.

And of Course Rand Paul Has Something to Say

Here doing his own State of the Union response is Rand Paul.  Why?  Why the fuck not. Enjoy:

Of course Paul starts out by mentioning Ronald Reagan.  And because it is a Paul family speech he has to start out by blaming the Federal Reserve.  Then he encourages us all to be like Starr Parker.  In a sign that he is a man with new ideas Paul calls for Economic Freedom Zones, which sounds like Jack Kemp’s Enterprise Zones.

Yes, like all speeches there are plenty of cliches.  He wants us not to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, or that the emperor wears no clothes.  Yada, yada, yada.

This is the Rand Paul for President stump speech, with a few more government bashing stories thrown in there for good measure.

 

Tea Party Response

Here is the Tea Party response to the State of the Union (yes he does compare something to Godzilla):

Let me save you a few minutes – everything is the government’s fault.  That’s right, everything.  The one thing that does stand out from the GOP’s official response is at least Lee lays out a few specific policies.  You can agree or disagree with the proposals but at least it is something.

Not that hearing about Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers’ wasn’t fascinating, but I think we deserve a little more from the GOP.

 

GOP Response

The GOP really dialed up the hokieness tonight.  It was nice to hear Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers’ story.  Nothing really new was really said aside from standard boilerplate.  One thing that would have been interesting is maybe a new policy proposal instead of blanket statements.

In all honesty, this speech has been taught to every GOP candidate at GOPAC seminars since 1994.  Actually I feel like McMorris Rodgers drew the shortest straw before giving this clunker of a speech.