Drew Ryun on The Steve Deace Show

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Family Values

Listen as the Madison Project’s Drew Ryun breaks down the Presidential race, the GOP Establishment and other topics with Steve Deace, the Rush Limbaugh of Iowa.

To hear Drew’s interview, click here.

#Winning

Monday, September 28th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy

We are winning. No doubt about it. The GOP Establishment, so confident it had crushed the peasants in 2014, is in disarray. After 9 months of abysmal performance, the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost for the Establishment.

The first indicator of this was the quitting of John Boehner on Friday. He quit. He did not resign to protect an institution, no matter how hard he and his team have tried to spin it.

He was potentially days away from being fired by his own caucus as a major fight over the Continuing Resolution loomed and he refused to commit to defunding Planned Parenthood through it. He and his team were still, believe it or not, under the impression that they won the majority in the House and grew it in 2014 based on his jobs agenda.

What, you ask, was John Boehner’s jobs agenda? Crickets. . . .

Don’t worry. We wonder as well.

No, John Boehner and Co. were given the majority to repeal ObamaCare, stop executive amnesty, halt the Obama Administration in its tracks and use the power of the purse to enforce all of the above.

He not only didn’t do any of that, he and his team rammed through the following “big ticket” conservative items like:

*Stripping conservative language from the DHS bill to pave the way for Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty

*Approving $500 Billion in Deficit Spending

*Funding Obamacare

*Walked away from Medicare reform

*Ruining the Pain-Capable Abortion Ban, the only pro-life legislation likely to be seen this session.

Much to his amazement, Boehner found he couldn’t spin himself out of how the items above were actually conservative and good for America.

Why? Because the ground underneath him had shifted. He wasn’t just dealing with outside pressure. He was dealing with internal pressure thanks to the House Freedom Caucus, a majority of whom were Madison Project candidates over the last few election cycles.

He was, in essence, attempting to govern with out the consent of the governed, i.e. his caucus. And they were ready to toss him.

Now that he is gone, House conservatives need to keep moving forward. Here are our suggestions for the next few weeks.

  1. Clearly communicate to any GOP Members who are considering running for House leadership: “You cannot allow John Boehner to ram through a transportation bill, renew funding for the Export-Import Bank or fund Planned Parenthood in October or you will not be considered for any leadership slot.”
  2. Work to elect someone, if not one of their own, who will be amenable to working with them to advance campaign promises. Before they support whomever it is they want to win leadership roles, they must have firm, public commitments from them on a host of issues: that they will stop any nonsense Boehner thinks he will engage in in October (see the above) and that they will drastically reform the House rules, from Steering Committee to chairmanships to the Rules Committee. It’s time to restore a little democracy to the peoples’ chamber.
  3. Message that if the government slows down, that is all it is. A slow down. Not a shutdown. ALL essential parts of our government will continue to be funded. If Obama and the Democrats want to have a public debate over Planned Parenthood, we should welcome it.

This is opportunity. With Boehner out, House conservatives hold all the cards.

It is imperative that they use them.

The GOP Establishment: Drunk, Banal and Lazy

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

It has been the chatter along the political grapevine today as the State Department released more of Hillary Clinton’s emails. One in particular was of note and it was from Sid Blumenthal, a close Clinton confidant and an evident user of a pocket thesaurus.

In his email to Hillary, Blumenthal wrote:

Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle. . . 

He’s a would-be DeLay without the whip. He’s the one at the end of a lash. . . [McConnell] relatively in the same position in the Senate.

Sometimes you cannot make this stuff up. While intended for a different audience, Blumenthal aptly summed up what the GOP Establishment has become.

They are drunk-on the facade of power.

They are banal-they fear a government slowdown versus defunding Planned Parenthood and protecting innocent life.

They are lazy-talking points are much easier to churn than actual action, because you might have to intellectually defend the latter.

As Erick Erickson wrote the other day, the GOP is teetering dangerously on extinction. It is a party birthed in the midst of righting a grievous wrong. It stared down evil and won. When faced with defunding Planned Parenthood, the taxpayer funded organization that doesn’t just abort babies but sells their parts as well, the GOP is confused as to what the steps of action needed are.

These are the symptoms of the lazy, the banal and the drunken.

The GOP’s answer in the face of this evil should be simple: Others may choose to fund it, but it is inherently un-American ethical to force taxpayers to fund something they are fundamentally opposed to. Therefore, in light of ALL the evidence that has been presented, we feel it is our duty to defund Planned Parenthood of all federal dollars.

This fall is make or break for the GOP with the 2016 Presidential election looming and during it, fortunes will rise and fall.

Defunding Planned Parenthood Is Worth Shutting Down The Government

Monday, August 24th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

In one of his seminal works, The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis writes of “men without chests.” They are the types that many would call intellectuals, the types who would rather talk about issues endlessly that actually do something about it.

For, as Lewis writes, to take action has repercussions. It is, as he writes, akin to:

When a Roman father told his son that it was a sweet and seemly thing to die for his country, he believed what he said. He was communicating to the son an emotion which he himself shared and which he believed to be in accord with the value which his judgment discerned in noble death. He was giving the boy the best he had, giving of his spirit to humanize him as he had given of his body to beget him.

Lewis correctly deduces that the “modern” era has produced a generation of men without chests and he concludes his essay with:

[W]e continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

While it may be needless to say, conservatives are faced with GOP leaders that are devoid of chests. Make no mistake, they are spin masters. They are intellectuals.

But when it comes to actual action, they wouldn’t have the slightest idea what to do. Conflict in any form comes and they melt away, unlike Ted Cruz during his confrontation with a misguided Ellen Page this past weekend (seriously, what was she thinking? Pick on Jeb Bush. Or Ben Carson. But Ted Cruz, a former Harvard debate champion and solicitor general of Texas. . . .?).

Which is why, as they actively work to tamp down on any talk of attaching a rider to the Continuing Resolution this fall that would defund Planned Parenthood, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s finest moments might likely end in catastrophe.

There are epochs in American history when we face wrongs that this country has engaged in and make them right.

Slavery comes to mind.

We as Americans have also stood down great evil across the world throughout our nation’s short history.

Defeating Nazi Germany and the horrors embodied by this evil empire was one of our finest hours.

As we are presented with a growing evil in our midst, we must face the question: will we as a nation continue as we have or will we change? The issue of Planned Parenthood is not an insignificant issue. It is one that must rise to a national debate. We are all engaged in it whether we want to be or not because each year, Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of our taxpayer dollars. For fiscal year 2015, that number rose above $800 million.

Yet the response from the Republican leadership of McConnell and Boehner is that, “We must avoid a government shutdown at all costs!”

Since when, we ask, did the jobs of a few government desk clerks and keeping national parks open supersede the lives of thousands of innocent children (read this excellent paper from Heritage on a government shutdown if you doubt us)?

These chidden are not just being aborted each year-they are being killed so that their organs may be used for profit and medical experimentation, all in the name of science.

Just last week the Daily Signal compiled all the Planned Parenthood videos. Watch them if you can.

In a world today that disavows right and wrong, good and evil, you will be presented with a conclusion you may not be comfortable with: evil exists and you fund it.

As Senator Ted Cruz writes in USA Today, every effort must be made this fall to defund Planned Parenthood. Not by show votes that McConnell and Boehner know will go nowhere. No, those will not suffice.

A concerted effort must be made by the Republican Party to end this atrocity. That effort must be centered around the must pass Continuing Resolution. If the government shuts down over this (again, read Heritage’s paper on what a shutdown really is), then let it shut down.

Let the Republicans lead-they were given the majority for fights like this.

If they do not lead, then maybe it is time for them to go the way of the Whigs and for conservatives to start a new party.

 

The Conservative Empire Must Strike Back

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Over the weekend something not entirely unexpected happened.

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) of Utah, stripped Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) of his subcommittee chairmanship.

The reason for this harsh move by Chaffetz (someone who ran and won as a conservative)?

Meadows had the audacity to vote against the rule on the Trade Promotion Authority vote in the House. For those of you unfamiliar with this vote, it is not dissimilar to the cloture vote in the Senate. When bills are voted on in the House of Representatives, the rule establishing regular order must be voted on first. The rule votes are generally uneventful. Regular order is established, often along partisan lines, and then the actual vote on a bill takes place on the House floor.

With the current make-up of the House of Representatives, for the rule to go down, it will take 40 votes. On June 11th, 34 GOP Congressman voted against what many are calling Obamatrade as Trade Promotion Authority is really only part of the equation when you consider it is tied to the Trade Adjustment Assistance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In other words, they made the right vote, not because they are against free trade. Rather, they are for it, but they are not for giving the Obama Administration a blank check when it comes to trade and trade agreements.

Here is the rub. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Co., lackeys of their corporate interests, are in danger of getting rolled on many bills these days because, well, they just aren’t pushing conservative legislation. They have to, in their minds, “restore order” and part of that process is disciplining conservatives who are simply fulfilling their campaign promises. As we have written about in the past, this is the rub for the current GOP. The Establishment will say whatever it takes to gain a majority (see Boehner and McConnell’s campaign trail promises they had no intention of fulfilling) versus conservatives who run on campaign promises they intend to fulfill once they win. GOP party bosses are figuring out a majority is one thing, a majority filled with conservatives is another.

We took a calculated risk on Mark Meadows in the 2012 election cycle. Many others thought he was just Establishment-lite and was telling outside groups what they wanted to hear, not what he was actually going to do once he got to Washington, D.C.

They were wrong.

Out of the gates this year Mark voted against John Boehner for Speaker, against executive amnesty in the DHS funding bill and the Doc Fix amongst other major votes. Because of these votes and the ones he cast against the TPA and TAA, Mark is now a target of the GOP Establishment. They have stripped him of his subcommittee chair. We know they are going to try and squeeze him when it comes to PAC donations to his re-elect. It is quite possible they are already working on trying to recruit a primary challenger to Mark without their fingerprints on it.

It is now time for the conservative movement to strike back, not just in supporting Mark with our dollars, but also to finding other conservatives we can defend and ones we can help win for the first time in 2016.

To give directly to Mark, go here. Seriously. Go there right now and give.

The GOP leadership in Washington, D.C. has no intention of changing and they will fight to the end to maintain their status quo.

It is now contingent upon us to change the equation for them.

Why Good Candidates Matter

Monday, June 15th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Uncategorized

There is a discussion going on in Washington, DC currently and it goes to the make-up of the House Republican Caucus.

The question in everyone’s mind is: how conservative is this caucus?

If one were to look at the current leadership, one could come up with the conclusion: not very.

To some extent, this is a fairly accurate description. Leadership should reflect the Members.

But we think that conclusion misses part of the picture.

Years ago, when current Madison Project Chairman Jim Ryun, was a Member of Congress, if one belonged to the Republican Study Committee (RSC), one was de facto a conservative. No questions asked.

Over the years, the RSC has become a watered down resume builder for many Members so they can go home and tout it to their constituents (“Of course I am conservative-look, I belong to the RSC!”).

If one were to look at current RSC Members like Cathy McMorris Rogers (a 59% on the Heritage Action scorecard), Frank Lucas (also a 59% on the Heritage Action scorecard) or Kristi Noem (a 60% on the Heritage Action scorecard) among many others, however, one wonders why it even exists anymore.

It is this current state of affairs that gave rise to the House Freedom Caucus, the new bastion of conservatism in the House of Representatives. It is this caucus that has forced John Boehner and other members of the GOP elite to operate in ways that we already knew they were inclined to, but were never forced to.

Now, instead of negotiating with their own caucus first, Boehner and Co. go directly to the Democrats to ram more big government legislation through.

The problem right now for conservatives in Congress is not that they aren’t conservative enough. It’s that there are not enough of them. Which is why we need to 1) protect the good conservatives already in Congress and 2) reinforce them with others. The political math involved in this is very real and it is very simple.

We need more good folks in Washington, DC and we need them now.

So if you haven’t already checked out our Madison Project Candidates Page, do so today and learn more about the candidates we are convinced will do two things in the next Congress-vote for new leadership in the GOP Caucus and continue to push for legislation that turns this country around.

 

The GOP’s Failures

Monday, April 20th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Just a few months into the 114th Congress, it became clear that the newly minted GOP majorities in the House and Senate are failing and failing badly. Elected to change the direction of this country, the GOP swept into power in January and promptly shifted direction, away from the grassroots conservatives who elected them and towards K Street and the Chamber of Commerce’s checklist of things to accomplish in Washington, DC. Few, if any, of them have anything to do with repealing Obamacare, stopping illegal immigration or reducing the size and scope of government. On the contrary, many of the K Street/Chamber checklist items seem intent on locking many of those things in for years to come, rather than stopping them.To date, the GOP majorities have:1. Not held Democrats accountable for Obamacare.

2. Stripped conservative language from the DHS bill to pave the way for Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.

3. Approved $500 Billion in Deficit Spending.

4. Funded Obamacare.

5. Walked away from Medicare reform.

6. Ruined the Pain-Capable Abortion Ban, the only pro-life legislation likely to be seen this session.

Rather than role back government and aggressively mitigate the damage done by the Obama Administration, the GOP leadership is so fond of bloated government, socialized healthcare and growing the debt that just last week, they worked to pass a $500 Billion debt increase to fund Obamacare and “gift” states into submission to the federal government with Medicaid expansion.

Going forward, things have to change or the current GOP majorities will undermine any chance a conservative Republican has of winning the White House in 2016. Here’s what must happen:

1. Strong Economic sanctions against Iran and Russia, not allowing this Administration to kowtow to either regime. Thanks to the GOP “leadership” in the Senate, namely that of Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee (R-TN), the only action the Senate took last week was to paint itself into a corner when it came to reining in the lawlessness of President Obama.

2. We need simple, short, effective legislative strikes from conservatives. During the government shutdown in 2013 short, simple bills showed their effectiveness at putting the Democrats on their heels in spite of their media cheerleaders (recall this Harry Reid meltdown?), yet leadership continues to allow large bills to move forward and crippling amendments to kill good legislation. There are core conservative principles even Democrats can be forced to vote for, such as Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) ban on terrorists entering the country (once again, an issue with Iran).

3. Expansion of offshore drilling and petro-chemical exports. Taking money away from Russia when Russia is helping our enemies is a good thing and a free market is the best market. Stop crippling American business and putting money in Putin’s pocket. And enough of this Keystone nonsense. It is a shiny object. Let’s move America forward with some real reforms.

4. Make sure the Senate does not approve Loretta Lynch. McConnell and gang should be able to whip a Republican Majority. Make no mistake. She will be worse than Eric Holder and much more militant.

5. Replace Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Dan Coats (R-IN), David Vitter (R-LA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) (see our statement on Rep. Ron DeSantis here) with solid conservatives. If we cannot remove Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Thad Cochran (R-MS), we must install strong conservatives intent on turning this country around. Time is running out.

We Can Do Better

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

For those that have missed the memo, we here at the Madison Project love being agitators for freedom.

We want to hold elected officials accountable even as we work to elect better and better Members of Congress. We work to advance conservatism as frequently and as purely as possible, be it reducing taxes, ending abortion or working towards dismantling Obamacare.

So it is no surprise that over the past 10 years as Madison Project has brought to the public’s attention the voting record of Democrats and Republicans, we have been attacked by both parties.

The usual GOP talking points against the Madison Project (and Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action) is that the Madison Project is “hurting the party” and forming “circular firing squads” that are “not helpful” to the GOP majority. By hurting the party, what the GOP Establishment is saying is, “You’re hurting our chances to advance the issues important to corporations and their lobbyists by calling us out and electing conservatives.”

If our work is hurting this current iteration of the Republican Party, count us in.

As we have said in the past, it is we and our conservative allies who actually represent and work towards the principles and ideology which the GOP claims to represent and advance. We are the free market conservatives who believe in liberty and reducing government, not growing it and giving corporations a leg up on the backs of the American taxpayers.

Over the last few election cycles, it is the Madison Project that has helped add some of the most stalwart conservatives in both chambers of Congress: Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Mark Meadows, Ron DeSantis, Tim Huelskamp, Dave Brat, Jody Hice and many others.

Conservative grassroots activists worked overtime last fall to elect a Republican majority on promises of rolling back Obamacare and stopping illegal immigration.

Now sitting under Republican majorities, these promises have not only been vacated but actually reversed where we’ve seen Republican leaders working with Democrats to actually help to enact these dangerous policies.

For years we have warned that it’s not just about having a Republican majority in both chambers. It’s about having conservatives eager to fight and advance the Republican Party platform. It’s not just a vote, it’s a voice.

The recently passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill is the perfect example. The House of Representatives passed a good bill, replete with riders that stripped funding for Obama’s executive amnesty order and sent it to the Senate.

The Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “leadership” stripped the riders from the bill and sent it back to the House.

Here is where it should have been easy: Boehner and the House Republicans should have stripped the bad language out, put the conservative language back in, and sent it back to McConnell.

Instead, 100% of House Democrats and 75 Republicans, including the Speaker, and most of “leadership” and members with all-important seniority, voted to fund executive amnesty behind the fig leaf of, “If we don’t, the Department of Homeland Security will shut down and we will be totally exposed to terrorism.” Nothing could have been further from the truth.

The simple workaround would have been to pass a continuing resolution that would have fully funded DHS while holding the line on amnesty. It is now abundantly clear to everyone that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell never intended to fight amnesty. After all, their friends on K Street and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were pushing for it.

If this doesn’t make it abundantly clear that it is time for new leadership, we’re not sure what will.

 

Is It Time For A Third Party?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

It’s time for a third party.

That’s what 60% of Americans say according to the September 2014 Gallup poll. Why? Because more and more Americans see little difference between the Democrats and Republicans.

We have noted many times on this blog and in the press that the “game” being played in Washington, DC is rigged. It’s as if we’re watching the Harlem Globetrotters (the Democrats) and the Washington Generals (the Republicans) play a basketball game where the outcome was decided in the locker room. The game is over before it even started.

It goes something like this:

Harry Reid: Here’s what we’re really going to get accomplished today in Washington, DC. We’re going to protect Obama’s amnesty for the sake of optics and Mitch, you’re going to tell your corporate buddies we did this one for them and they need to keep the PAC checks coming.

Mitch McConnell: You got it, Harry. Nice eye patch, by the way. Looks good on you. Kind of got that pirate swagger thing going.

Harry Reid: Right back at you, Mitch. That’s a great nickname, btw. Darth Vader. Where do your folks come up with stuff like that? I just get the boxer references all the time. They’re not bad, but. . .Darth Vader. It’s got some zip to it. Hey, has anyone seen Boehner? That guy is always disappearing at the worst times.

Voice from the back of the room: He’s out for a smoke break.

Harry Reid: And right before game time. I told him to knock that crap off. It’s bad optics. That and that tanning business. Who does that these days?!

Staffer (popping into the room): 5 minutes until go time!

Harry Reid: Right, okay. Back on track. Everyone in. Remember. The goal of today’s game is to really show our supporters and donors that we’re fighting for them. Gotta be a great show, let’s keep it close until the buzzer and then we’ll win. So, everyone in. On the count of three we shout, “Team.”

Mitch McConnell: Wait a second. You always lead the huddle cheer, Harry, and you guys always win. It’s my turn today. I’m the Majority Leader after all.

Harry Reid: Riiiight. Like I said, we’re going to put on a good show for folks out there today. Down to the buzzer. Everyone in. On three we shout, “Team!”

Mitch McConnell: Wait a second, wait a second. Which team are we shouting, “Team” for? Yours or mine, Harry?

Harry Reid: Ours, Mitch. Ours.

Mitch McConnell: Ok, got it.

And out they go to face the press day in and day out to prove that they are really fighting for their voters.

But are they?

Clearly, the Democrats have a case to make that they are holding up their end of their campaign promises. Ramming Obamacare through? Check. Destroying border security for La Raza and others? Check. Passing motor voter laws and defeating Voter ID laws? Check.

And while the Democrats are creating seismic change with their actions, change that will affect America for generations to come, the Republicans are touting the “job creating” Keystone Pipeline (it is projected to create 30,000 jobs at a time when over 100 million working age Americans are jobless.), the “Firing of Harry Reid” (for why this didn’t and doesn’t matter, see above) and tweaking Obamacare, not repealing it in toto.

The Republicans are empty suits, intent on staying in power when really only the vestige of it is in reach for this current crop of would be leaders.

So what are the conservative grassroots to do? Abandon the Republican Party?

The temptation is real.

Until we are reminded of principled fighters like Congressmen Jim Bridenstine and Tim Huelskamp and Jim Jordan and other conservatives in the United States House of Representatives, many of whom were elected over the last three election cycles.

Are they winning? In one sense, yes. They defeated the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. Did they beat back funding of amnesty in the DHS bill? No, but they forced John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to show their true colors. Those two wanted amnesty just as badly as Harry Reid and the Democrats did, just for different reasons. But given the results of November, both of them had to put up the appearance of a fight.

Now that the Boehner and McConnell have had to show their cards, it is more clear than ever that conservatives have a chance to resume control of their party. We believe the Gallup poll above indicates that the American people want a clear difference in Washington, DC and that they want elected officials who work for them, not special interest groups who do not have their best interests in mind.

So instead of talking about creating a third party, conservatives need to refocus, prepare for 2016 and help elect more like Jim Bridenstine, Tim Huelskamp and Jim Jordan.

We can still win.

The House Meltdown is Not Just About Strategy

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

One of the most egregious aspects of Barack Obama’s presidency – if not the most egregious aspect, is his contempt for our borders and sovereignty.  Among all of Obama’s illegal and imperial acts as president – and there have been many – none of them have affected laws more fundamental to preserving our existence as a sovereign nation like his administrative edicts granting amnesty and inviting in illegal immigrants from around the world.

Yet, instead of using the power of the purse or even simply expressing outrage against Obama’s open borders policies, Republican leadership has remained indifferent for the past few years.  Concurrently, they joined with Democrats and publicly agreed with the premise that passing amnesty is one of the most pressing priorities of our time.  In fact, if not for those dreaded outside conservative groups and the fervent opposition of the GOP base, these same Republicans would have easily passed the Gang of 8 comprehensive amnesty bill.  Even after they were forced to oppose that bill, they merely expressed opposition to its comprehensive nature while echoing the core values and dyslexic priorities expressed in this odious piece of legislation.

At the time, we warned that fervent bipartisan support for amnesty would not only cripple our welfare system, it would perpetuate a vicious cycle incentivizing new waves of illegal immigrants. We were ridiculed, mocked, and marginalized by the broader GOP party elite.

Fast-forward a year later, and everything our side predicted came to fruition dramatically.  The forces behind open borders in both parties were completely repudiated in spectacular fashion in front of the entire nation.  As we predicted, once the other side of the debate would be properly articulated, the American people would side with us.  Indeed immigration has become the worst issue for President Obama, even factoring in a languishing job market and Obamacare.

Republicans had the opportunity to unite and stand firmly against amnesty while using the power of the purse to end the lawlessness once and for all.  Instead, they completely adopted Obama’s messaging about this being a humanitarian crisis exclusively related to unaccompanied kids.  They adopted his message that this was a crisis requiring immediate funding and changing of statutes related to “Bush era” laws.  They focused on everything except for the original culprit of the border surge, and indeed, they ultimately failed to address their own concerns with the statutes and made current law worse.

Why were they so recalcitrant to deal with Obama’s illegal amnesty, even as Obama promised to grant new waves of amnesty?  Why were they willing to grant Obama new money before he agrees to swear off amnesty?

It’s real simple.  The same forces behind their ill-advised and politically tone-deaf pursuit of amnesty last year are still running the show.  All of the leadership lobbyists, staffers, pollsters, and donors are still inexorably against true enforcement measures and desire more amnesty.  Hence, they were forced to walk a tight-rope in which they pretended to care about the border, but ultimately refused to act against DACA in any consequential way.  They needed to buy off conservative votes, but deep down they are still aligned with the open borders crowd.  Not surprisingly, Becky Tallent, the co-author of the McCain amnesty bill, was allegedly involved in drafting this flawed bill.  Talk about the fox guarding the hen-house.

Sadly, the vacuum of leadership that actually shares our values has created much acrimony among conservatives in the House.  Stymied by efforts to advance conservative proposals, individual members are confronted with tortuous decisions – whether to buck their own party and become marginalized or whether to eat the excrement sandwich and violate their principles.  Some members who choose the latter approach try to convince themselves that they are sincerely making progress moving leadership to their position.

Ultimately, what many members and beltway conservatives fail to see is that this is not a family disagreement over strategy.  The core movers and shakers within the party are completely out of touch with their party base, and frankly, the majority of the country, on this issue.  They have no intention to fight open borders because they are controlled by those very elements who have engendered this problem in the first place.

Amazingly, two of the members of Boehner’s “border task force” were part of the House Gang of 8 last year and are passionate supporters of amnesty.  Most notably, Boehner omitted DACA from his lawsuit against Obama’s lawlessness.

Some of these same members who are feigning outrage and expressing the desire to “do something” about the border were nowhere to be seen when the issue blew up last year. Many of them were on the wrong side of the issue.  Now they refuse to use their first point of leverage to stop Obama’s amnesty and are dismayed that conservatives were not fooled by their distractions and shiny objects.  They have no one to blame but themselves.

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