Party Divisions (DHS Funding Fight)

February 28, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Speaker of the House John Boehner before delivering the 2011 State of the Union Address.  Author: Pete Souza

Despite the pressure brought to bear upon House Republicans during the recent DHS funding debate-in spite of the patently unconstitutional actions of this administration-over fifty of them refused to submit to the will of Obama’s factotum in the House of Representatives. Unsurprisingly, there are now rumors of a push by conservative, constitutionalist members to depose Speaker Boehner, which has already inspired a wave of fear among his deputies. The sad truth is that the Republican leadership has not learned anything over these past two years, which makes the battle for control heading into next year’s presidential election all the more vital. 

Will the GOP become the party of immigration patriots like Senator Jeff Sessions, or will it consign itself to permanent minority status by supporting a Bush restoration? Next week’s actions will be telling in this regard. America’s future depends upon the decisions being made right now.

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