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We've come a long way from Obama's first inaugural. You might recall how on the night of Barack Obama's inauguration as our nation's first black president Republican leaders met to chart an obstructionistic course against his presidency. Here's a refresher....
....the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith.
Those Republicans came away from that meeting "giddy" with their plan to obstruct, block, and harass the Obama presidency,....pronounce it a failure repeatedly....and then retake the White House in 2012. Republicans, as we know now, meant what their giddy selves agreed to that night over 5 years ago. Only problem was, the GOP's 2012 Monopoly Man Mitt choice didn't pan out.
Know also that on the Friday before Inauguration night 2009, the divinely-civil leader of the conservative movement boasted....."I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it."
Like Bill Clinton in 1993, Republicans conducted themselves in the wake of Obama's win as if Obama had not been legitimately elected president.
The point here is that before Obama signed any legislation....or did anything at all.....Republicans had determined that Obama was the nation's enemy who needed to have his presidency stopped before it began.
The argument from right wingers in defense of the treasonous plan by the GOP has always been that Obama's policies were so unAmerican, or communist, or..whatever...that he HAD to be stopped. In this, Republicans were communicating that if a black Democrat wins the presidential national vote by 7%.....the electorate had been hoodwinked. The GOP just KNEW better than American voters. Also: ACORN.
What was always just beneath the surface, but couldn't be spoken in a full-throated manner, was the offense taken by many conservatives in seeing a black man occupy the White House. All the stupid-talk about Kenya, the birth certificate, Glenn Beck's "he hates white people", the "food stamp president", the "47%", the laziness of the dependent takers, "real Americans in real America", etc......served as racial-bait to keep unhappy conservatives properly "fed" until the 'guy who is not like us', the 'foreigner', could be removed in 2012.
But Americans, probably because the media still refused to "vet" the black president, re-elected Barack Obama over Monopoly Man. Would Republicans learn their lesson, would they finally accept Obama as a legitimate president....now that America's first black president had not only won the presidency but also won re-election? When pigs sprout wings.
Take for just one example the current issue in the news....immigration reform. Over the past week, GOP leaders....all reading from the same talking points.....explained without busting out laughing that immigration reform simply could not happen during the Obama administration because Obama.....wait for it.....is lawless.
Speaker John Boehner....."Listen, there's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. It's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes."
Know that the Senate's immigration bill would pass today in the House....IF Boehner would simply put it up for a vote.
So, why is Boehner saying stuff like he said last Thursday? First, because the "lawless" one had the audacity to tell Americans that if Republicans didn't get off their obstruction hobby horse, he had "a phone and a pen"...and he would use executive orders to accomplish whatever he could for the sake of the nation. Obama has used executive orders fewer times than any other president......but that uppity black president "proved" his lawlessness, his untrustworthiness by talking so defiantly about GOP obstruction.
The message inside of the message "there's widespread doubt" Obama can be trusted to "enforce the laws"......has a darker edge to it, however. Accusations of "lawlessness" coming from conservatives is actually partial code for "Obama's black." Readers may disagree.....but the conservative movement in the U.S. has relied on "law and order", "Willie Horton", "southern strategy" style rhetoric for decades to properly incentivize white conservative voters to come out on election day.
And so.....Republicans cannot and will not entertain immigration reform this year not because their base voters hold deep seated racial animosities towards our first black president and the millions of brown-skinned immigrants he wants to grant "amnesty" to....don't be silly. Republicans won't entertain immigration reform this year because that black president is lawless and can't be trusted.