Monday, August 4, 2014

Cillizza on GOP Immigration Bill

Chris Cillizza comments on the immigration bill recently passed by the GOP House majority in The Washington Post.

This is the latest in a string of incidents in which Republicans have been their own worst enemy -- often because they simply can't get out of their own way. Given their dismal approval ratings, the best way for Republicans to handle almost every issue -- including this one -- is to make as few waves as possible. Stay out of the news. Let President Obama do the heavy lifting on what the funding level ends up as. This issue is a no-win politically -- people don't like the idea of kids being shipped back to dangerous places but also don't love people coming here illegally or spending billions of dollars that may or may not solve the problem. And yet, Republicans found a way to make the story all about them in the dying days of this session of Congress. It's remarkable -- and not in a good way.

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