Rubio Sellout to Establishment

A friend of mine, Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak, tweeted on Tuesday night that if immigration reform goes through Congress this year “it will almost solely be due to” Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

To which I replied: “you break it, you buy it.”

There are two different conservative narratives about Rubio’s dalliance with John McAmnesty and the other bi-partisan group of senators on board with his plan. The first is the glowing words coming from Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and now Rush Limbaugh. Just one day after Limbaugh made national news by trashing Rubio’s plan, he praised the senator effusively when Rubio appeared on his show to defend himself. That’s a big win for Rubio. Going on offense to defend himself is a much better approach to this scalding hot issue than Monday’s photo op with McAmnesty, Charles “we don’t need no stinking Constitution” Schumer, and Bob “where the underage hookers are” Menendez that I was critical of in my latest Business Insider column.

But while winning the support of three of the biggest name conservatives when it comes to the air war is important, perhaps even more crucial is winning the support of organizations that actually put conservative boots on the ground. And Rubio still has a ways to go where that’s concerned.

For example, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, one of the largest grassroots conservative organizations in the country, said that Rubio has essentially “kneecapped himself for 2016” (referencing the senator’s presumed presidential ambitions). In a column titled “Rubio Amnesty Plan Way Worse than I Thought,” AFA’s policy director referred to Rubio’s plan “as the same old bait and switch” conservatives have fallen for in the past.

Fischer adds “the solution Rubio is offering is the same one that created the mess we’re trying to clean up right now. It’s impossible not to think of the reigning definition of insanity as you listen to Republicans gamely expect magical results to come from ‘solutions’ that have never worked in the past and will never work in the future.”

Fischer points out that it’s impossible to deal with the issue of illegal immigration until you first realize that “illegals are not here for the citizenship, they are here for the benefits. The illegals who come here from Mexico come from a socialist state, where they are accustomed to thinking that it’s the government’s job to hand out goodies, and since America is richer than Mexico, they can get more goodies here, so here they come. They could care less about citizenship.”

Erick Erickson of Red State, who just signed on to become a Fox News contributor, says “I don’t like Marco Rubio’s plan.” What’s particular interesting about that is Erickson admits immigration is one issue where he leans to the left of most of his readers, and even he says “I think this plan is warmed over McCain-Kennedy and will do nothing to solve the problem.”

Specifically, Erickson says the Rubio plan “is clearly written by a group of men who seemingly love government, but do not love free markets, small businesses, or individuals. It is a plan based on faith in government, not free enterprise or the American people. It does nothing to actually solve our immigration problems, but hides behind the construct of ‘comprehensive’ reform. Along the way, it potentially adds more people to already overwhelmed entitlement programs, but then that too is another kicked can.”

It appears to me the GOP is split into three, evenly divided camps on the issue. To be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, Rubio needs to win two out of three.

The first camp is comprised of party establishment people and libertarians like Judge Andrew Napolitano. Those two camps want Rubio’s plan to happen for different reasons. Pandering is in the bloodstream of the feckless Republican Party establishment. On the other hand, Napolitano and other libertarians are philosophically for open borders. Remember when Ron Paul said during the last presidential campaign he was against a border fence because he’s more concerned about a government trying to keep people from getting out more than letting people in? Although Rubio has won over these people this is not an issue that drives them to the polls in a primary.

This next third does get out and vote on this issue, and this third is against anything that even sniffs of amnesty. As Congressman Steve King said on Twitter Monday morning, they don’t want to “pardon lawbreakers.” They not only think mass deportation is feasible, they think it’s a must. If getting something passed that a leftist President of the United States was willing to sign into law is Rubio’s goal, then he was never going to win over these people no matter how he approached the issue from there.

The jury is still out on the third and final group, and this is the group Rubio cannot afford to lose if he has any hopes of being the 2016 nominee. These people are mostly principled conservatives who believe in the rule of law, as well as national security/sovereignty. At the same time, they either don’t think mass deportations are feasible and/or moral given how entrenched some of the families in question are. They’re also concerned about the GOP’s much-discussed Hispanic problem, but they also vehemently opposed McCain-Kennedy in 2007. Therefore, the main reason these people would be willing to go along with Rubio’s risky gambit here is their belief in Rubio himself.

This is why I’ve been following how he’s approaching the issue so closely, because for this third and decisive group the issue isn’t the issue at this point. The issue is Rubio, and the question is do you really believe he’s the transformative leader you’ve been told that he is, or are we falling yet again for another amnesty banana in the tailpipe?

Put it all together and it’s clear this will either make Rubio a future President of the United States, or yet another tombstone in the graveyard of lost conservatives hoodwinked by the beltway culture.

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  • Harold

    Since when do we allow immagrants to set our immagration plans. This is insanity. We have already allowed the fifth collumn to infiltrate our country. Like the one in the white house.

    • Posting above is another Harold however I agree completely with this Harold

  • jandyreid

    Step one should be to pass mandatory E-Verify. Jobs (money) is the attraction, so remove the attraction and illegal immigration will decline. Closing the border may help somewhat but you have to ask yourself why immigration is such a problem now when it was not as great a problem before the 1980s when the border was more porous than it is now.

    The answer is that we have made it so attractive between the hourly wage we pay, the free medical we provide via your local hospital’s emergency room, our instant citizenship for babies born here and the relaxed enforcement of the tons of laws already in existence that illegals feel they can come here and get away with it.

    Janet Napolitano says there are fewer illegal crossing now but the border patrol guards say, when asked, that the statistics are misleading because they no longer report those caught at the border who are immediately returned to Mexico.

    By the way, have we decided that the Natural Born requirement for the office of the president will no longer be enforced? We will pick and choose what we like in the Constitution? If that is the case we are going to be in for a tough time because the first two amendments will be next!

  • pearl87

    Rubio is not only a sell-out – it’s much worse. He is a phony. He never had any conservative values at all, but he knew the buttons to push to excite patriotic Americans. He is a liar, and more to the point, he is NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT, any more than the current Resident of the White House. Natural born citizens are children of TWO citizen parents, and he ain’t.

    • CSN

      That’s why the Republicans don’t push the Naturalized part of Obama’s history, as they have some individuals they want to push in as President, who are not Natural Born Citizens. Rubio doesn’t walk the walk of a true conservative.

  • CincinnatiRIck

    Way too soon to be speculating on 2016 and Rubio’s prospects therein. I certainly have formed no opinion re Rubio. Immigration reform is going to happen…better to get on board and shape it than let Obama do it his way with Executive Orders. I’m not so concerned about border enforcement as employment enforcement, preventing access to welfare benefits, preventing quick and easy citizenship and the anchor baby thing.

  • Open borders have go both ways unfortunately Mexico has some of the toughest laws around any reforms should be reciprocal. Also it is funny that this Admin wants to take citizens guns away but wants to make it easier for non-citizens to by a gun!!! NO AMNESTY

  • CSN

    The establishment wants a Rubio Presidential run, because he’s everything they wanted in a candidate. He ran Tea Party, got in Tea Party, but then quickly distanced himself from the Tea Party and from conservative Pro-Life Groups…that is a FACT. I don’t understand why Levin and Hannity are supporting him, because RAND PAUL is the True TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVE, and not Rubio. Frankly, it all sickens me, and I’m thinking of moving away to another country to escape this hypocrisy. I’ll go to a Pro-Life Country rather than stay here and reap the punishment this nation is in store for 60,000,000 abortions since 1973.

  • Marco Rubio represents the truth. If B.O. is dancing and laughing about closing the border Rubio won’t join that dance. America needs to do something to clean up the Dem lies about border control when Reagan bought into their rhetoric. We have many illegals here and they have had children who are now adults having children. Mexicans are used to the cruelty of dictatorships and will vote Democrat/Communist, but even they will eventually look at the loss of freedoms and much higher taxes. Rubio is more interested in people than politics and even pro-Communist Mexicans can grasp that much.

  • FedUP15232

    I became suspicious of Rubio some time ago when I learned that he was attending Bilderberger meetings. He may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • Vigilannie

    Rubio is NOT a natural born citizen AND CANNOT BE PRESIDENT NO MATTER WHAT!!!

  • Disgusted with Politics

    Comment on previous comment. Neither is our current president a natural born citizen of the United States. Rubio is not yet a presential candidate.

  • ChillytheAlaskan

    I don’t believe the 12 million to start with, and what is there to prevent more from flooding the country if any form of amnesty is offered, after all that is the response we got when Reagan agreed.

    First thing that needs to be done is a national registry, give all illegally in this country 60 days to sign and register they are here, if they don’t and are caught here after the registration period, automatic deportation, no appeals, goodbye.

    This would allow us to see who is here, how many there really are, where they are, and eliminate any who don’t sign up within this period as having any chance in any pathway to staying here.

    Next any talk of allowing those who scoff our laws and are illegally here and want to stay would have to have conditions, NO RIGHT TO VOTE…EVER, and NO GOVERNMENT BENEFITS. If they wouldn’t agree to these conditions, they can just go home, or get deported when caught here. Why should we allow illegal aliens who came here to steal our wealth, vote and get benefits? If they didn’t value the citizenship of this country enough to get in line and come here legally, they can’t be trusted with voting the best interests of the COUNTRY and not their foreign citizen best interests..

    After these conditions, we could begin to “talk” about what to do about those remaining, but I don’t think there will be that many here when they can’t get government benefits, or vote themselves our wealth by voting for communism.

  • Capt.America

    Does anyone believe this Cuban had this country.s best interest in mind,did anyone believe what the state controlled media tell us.