Call me naive, but I was expecting top Republicans to come out with both guns blazing against Obama’s outrageous and illegal administrate amnesty that was announced earlier today. Yet, nine hours after the announcement, there is still no major press release from a member of GOP leadership in either the House or Senate.
What about Mitt Romney? After waiting until half the day was over Romney issued the following statement (via CNN):
“I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered, and should be solved on a long term basis so they know what their future would be in this country,” Romney said after a campaign stop in Milford, New Hampshire.
“I think the action that the president took today makes it more difficult to reach that long term solution because an executive order is, of course, a short term matter and can be reversed by subsequent presidents,” Romney said.
“I would like to seek legislation that deals with this issue and I happen agree with Marco Rubio as he looked at, considered this issue, he said that this is an important matter that we have to find a long term solution,” Romney said.
God forbid for Romney to assail Obama on the underlying policy of paving the road for millions of new welfare recipients and Democrat voters. He only did that when Newt Gingrich was suggesting a more limited amnesty during the primarycampaign. At the time he lambasted Gingrich in front of a cheering crowd for his soft stance in the issue.
But at the very least, you would expect him to attack the fact that Obama violated the Constitution by cutting out Congress and deciding not to follow a law – instead opting for a law that was defeated by the Senate in 2010. All Romney had to say is that it’s only a short-term fix and can be reversed? So the only problem he has with Obama’s announcement is neither the underlying policy nor the illegality, just the fact that it is only a temporary fix? But, a fix nonetheless!
The bottom line is that Romney ran all the way to the right on this issue in order to win the nomination. Now that Obama has issued an illegal amnesty, he has nothing consequential to say about it other than agreeing with it.