Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, lashed out at President Obama over the border crisis. Since last fall, more than 40,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have been caught illegally trying to enter the country. Cuellar called Obama’s response “aloof,” “bizarre,” and “detached.” He might have added “predictable.”
Naturally, Obama had asked for billions of dollars to address the problem without offering to fix his administration’s lax deportation policies that created the crisis in the first place. At that point, the next move in the White House’s tired playbook was all too obvious. As our friend Mary Katharine Ham tweeted: “Probably best thing to do now that O’s doubled the request for funding is give a speech crapping on the people he needs to agree to it.” The very next day, Obama gave a press conference on the immigration crisis, prompting perhaps the least surprising Politico headline ever: “Barack Obama goes after Republicans on immigration.”
Just a few hours after Obama gave his speech, a train full of 1,300 migrants headed toward America derailed in southern Mexico. Obama’s wreck of an immigration policy is now resulting in literal train wrecks and the best he can do is climb on his towering soapbox and insult Republican lawmakers.
This brilliant messaging strategy continued apace, and Democratic Twitter feeds were soon tweeting out a photo of Obama at his desk in the Oval Office superimposed with the quotation, “ ‘I’m the guy doing his job. You must be the other guy.’—Barack Obama on the Republican Congress.” Of course, you might be wondering why hundreds of elected representatives in Congress would be addressed as a singular “guy.” The answer is that this isn’t really an Obama quote, which is given away by the fact that it’s vaguely memorable. It’s actually a line that POTUS has appropriated from Martin Scorsese’s Irish gangster film The Departed.
Obama later acknowledged the source in a speech in Austin, where he noted that The Departed was “a little violent for kids.” You know what’s also inappropriate for kids? Being penned up by federal authorities while the president torpedoes any solution to this crisis by pathetically trying to score points with quotes from mob movies.
Immigration is a thorny issue, and The Scrapbook doesn’t pretend to know how to find common ground between Republicans and Democrats. But we are absolutely certain that if the president is serious about helping these kids, he needs to dispense with the petulant nonsense and start by acting like an adult.
The monopartisan president. Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By FRED BARNES
"My goal was to get something done,” President Obama said at a Chicago fundraiser in May. Yet he’s pursuing a strategy that makes it nearly impossible to achieve that. He’s not acting in his own interest.
The president refuses to deal with Republicans in Congress. He claims they’re committed, above all else, to obstructing his entire agenda. So he’s boycotting them, except on rare occasions when he summons Democratic and Republican leaders together to the White House for a formal meeting. That hasn’t occurred since April 3.
4:32 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Dave Brat, a college professor challenging House majority leader Eric Cantor in next week's Republican primary in Virginia, has a 60-second ad touting his conservative credentials.
"I will fight to defund and repeal Obamacare. I will fight to stop the reckless spending in Washington. I will fight to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants," says Brat, matter-of-factly. "Eric Cantor voted to fund Obamcare. He voted to give President Obama a clean debt ceiling increase in this past January, and he is pushing for amnesty for illegal immigrants." Watch the ad below:
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:55 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on his memo to the House GOP, and how the GOP can position itself for a successful 2014.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:20 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on the week that was, Obamacare, the Sochi Olympics, immigration reform and the 2014 election cycle.
Hosted by Michael Graham5:30 PM, Jan 31, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on why the Republicans shouldn't move aggressively on immigration reform this year.
10:13 AM, Sep 10, 2013 • By MARIA SANTOS
Catholics across the country are now hearing their priests and bishops urging them to reform—not just their immortal souls, but immigration policy. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is promoting an extensive effort to persuade their congregations to back comprehensive immigration reform.
The debate in Australia over who gets in.Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 • By FRED BARNES
A century ago, Australia used a “dictation test” to keep non-whites and selected others from entering the country. It required an immigrant to write 50 words in any language chosen by the customs official who administered the test. The most notorious example occurred in 1934, when a Czech immigrant was told to write a passage in Scottish Gaelic. The test was abolished in 1958.
Republicans, Democrats, and illegal immigrants.Aug 12, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 45 • By PETER SKERRY
These days, the precocious teenage political junkie who lives across the street from me understands that the notorious intransigence and truculence of House Republicans can be explained in great part by their ingeniously gerry-mandered, extremely homogeneous congressional districts. Yet in the past couple of weeks, it has been Democrats who have dug in their heels, as Republican stalwarts have begun to budge on one of the most contentious issues currently facing America: immigration reform.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:35 PM, Jul 29, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's second term plans and how the GOP should respond.
Not impossible, but not that great.Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By FRED BARNES
At a dinner gathering in Washington last week, the members of Congress in attendance were asked if they think immigration reform will pass this year. The two Democrats said yes, the six Republicans no.
A hate-love relationship.Jul 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 43 • By FRED BARNES
Concern over surges of immigration by unfamiliar groups is a hardy perennial of American history: Scotch-Irish (1763-1775), Irish and Germans (1846-55), Ellis Island arrivals from Eastern and Southern Europe (1892-1914), Mexicans and other Latinos (1982-2007). That’s the list from Michael Barone, the political sage and immigration expert.
12:20 PM, Jul 10, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports finds that 50 percent of Americans say they support the Senate's recently passed immigration reform bill, and when told that the Congressional Budget Office has figured that the plan would only cut illegal immigration by half, only 39 percent of those same Americans say they still support the plan.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:18 PM, Jul 9, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with National Review editor Rich Lowry on the joint editorial he and William Kristol wrote on why conservatives should scrap the current immigration reform bill.