Trey Gowdy Answers Schumer-McCain Assertions about GOP’s Future and Immigration Bill
In the video below, from the June 30 Fox News Sunday program, Chuck Schumer asserts that the House must pass the Senate immigration bill (S.744) or else the GOP will be “a minority party for a generation.”
John McCain then actually endorses the Schumer view, but he does it obliquely so that he might back-pedal later on. It’s the kind of Big-Government, Establishment-Republican position that McCain so often takes, putting Senate social harmony ahead of conservative principles.
In the video, after Schumer and McCain, Trey Gowdy stands tall, providing a forceful response to Schumer/McCain and giving conservatives the kind of hope that John McCain himself no longer can, even if he wanted to.
In essence, the Schumer-McCain theory is that (a) without a huge portion of the Hispanic vote, the GOP is doomed, and (b) accepting the Senate bill is therefore a necessary condition for the GOP’s mere survival.
Part (a) may be true in the long run, but it is not true in the short run. And (b) is false, as Gowdy argues in the video, because the Senate bill is full of enforcement loopholes. In fact, if immigration enforcement promises end up getting broken yet again, as the Senate’s legalization-first-enforcement-later strategy would allow, with its many escape clauses and exceptions, the real danger to the GOP in 2014-16 is that an even larger portion of its conservative base will stay home or start voting third party. If that happens, the GOP is truly finished. Small wonder Chuck Schumer likes this story line so much.
McCain is on record calling the bill’s enforcement positions “iron-clad”, but anyone who uses the pdf “Find” command to search the bill for phrases like “exception” , “waiver”, and “discretion” can spot the many loopholes. My favorites are on pages 857-858.
I have to admire the political tactics and strategy of the Democrats under Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid. Just look — they actually have GOP “leaders” like John McCain and Marco Rubio burning the GOP’s bridges with its own conservative base. Diabolical? Yes, but politically brilliant.
(Text comments in the video below have been added by the author.)
See also the video below, for an astute Brit Hume commentary on this same theme. This 3-minute clip aired on Fox News Special Report, July 1.