The conclusion – the Republican leadership isn’t composed of “leaders” at all. GOP Congressmen are not listening to the likes of Boehner, Ryan, and Cantor. Speaker Boehner resembles one of those late Roman Emperors who is a prisoner of his own soldiers.
So who could command the loyalty of the troops? The answer: Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who is blazing a new and promising trail for the Republican Party politically, and ultimately more important, ideologically.
In a break with precedent, Senator Sessions organized a secret meeting on January 23 with staffers from over a dozen House offices to sabotage the GOP leadership’s Amnesty plans. The invitation sent from Senator Sessions’ office bragged that “Over here in the Senate working for Senator Sessions, we learned a lot last year about the strategies employed by the powerful forces pushing bad immigration policies–and how to counter them.” [House Conservatives Plot Takedown of GOP Leaders’ Amnesty Plans, by Matthew Boyle, Breitbart, January 23, 2014]
The result: a well-organized insurgency during the much-ballyhooed immigration strategy session of the House of GOP. Armed with anti-Amnesty talking points by Senator Sessions and his staff, House Republicans had a detailed set of responses to every single predictable talking point that could have been offered by the pro-amnesty Republican leadership.
Senator Sessions and his staff also set a trap for the Republican leadership by pointing out that any compromise solution would ultimately have “loopholes and waivers that could be utilized by or granted to illegal aliens by the Obama administration.” [Exclusive: Sessions Arms House Republicans Against Boehner Immigration Push, by Matthew Boyle, Breitbart, January 29, 2014] Boehner, Ryan, and Cantor would essentially have to publicly declare that they trust President Obama more than they trust their own base.
In terms of political power over the House GOP, Senator Sessions is the real Republican leadership.
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“…would essentially have to publicly declare that they trust President Obama more than they trust their own base.”
What happens when the president is GOP?
I remain sceptical, but i thought i’d pass it along.