Just yesterday, my commentary touched on Mitch McConnell’s pathetic leadership with a House bill that he claims he can’t get passed in the Senate because he lacks the 60 votes necessary to end a filibuster. The bill would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security while defunding Obama’s Executive Amnesty.
As I mentioned in that piece, McConnell’s claim is a crock of crap. He could pass the bill with a simple majority using budget reconciliation, which is the manuever used by the Democrats to pass Obamacare without a single Republican vote.
I also quoted a few of McConnell’s cheerleaders, one of them being Senator Jeff Flake (R-INO AZ), who has now taken it to another level. On Wednesday, he sided with Democrats as he admonished his fellow Republicans to abandon the effort to stop Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty plan, and instead rubber stamp it.
“I want to say from the outset,” Flake said from the Senate floor, “that I don’t think the president did the right thing by taking this unilateral action. I think he’s made it more difficult to pass immigration reform in this body. Having said that, to attempt to use a spending bill in order to try to poke a finger in the president’s eye is not a good move in my view.”
He then went on to say that instead of poking the president’s eye, the Senate should simply put a bill on Obama’s desk. That’s a different tune than he was singing before the new Congress took over. Back then, Flake told NBC News he felt that “the president moved beyond his authority.”
Which begs the question: if Obama’s executive amnesty is “beyond his authority,” don’t Flake and the rest of McConnell’s inner circle have an obligation to use their power as U.S. Senators to stop him? How is using their constitutional power of the purse equivalent to a poke in the eye?
There are concerns in some conservative circles that the Republicans don’t really want to overturn Obama’s amnesty plan because they actually support it. Rush Limbaugh even talked about that possibility on his radio show. Unfortunately, the actions of the new Republican majority provide evidence that this might be the case.
Despite Flake’s channeling of his inner Chuck Schumer, defending the Constitution and stopping Obama’s lawlessness is not “poking the president in the eye.” In reality, it’s the fulfillment of the oath he took when he said he would “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Sadly, Senator Flake and the rest of the McConnell coalition in the Senate have no intention of defending the country and the Constitution. They’re too busy protecting their precious posteriors while they work on putting Jeb “Just Eliminate Borders” Bush in the White House in 2016.
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