The Pardu

The Pardu
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Monday, November 24, 2014

GOP Leadership Speaks Via A Ghost Constituency

Are We Really So Out Of Touch With Reality Or Do We Simply Not Care?

After President Obama signed a 'watered-down" immigration executive order, John Boehner walked up to a podium and spoke accordingly: inked.

If you prefer to click on the video.....

Boehner spoke as such, after he and Eric Cantor refused to bring a Senate Immigration Bill to a House vote. 

Mitch McConnell's reaction was more measured without any mention of the Senate Immigration Bill. He started his remarks with regard to "people in Kentucky who have contacted him."  Well, no surprise regarding Kentucky as those writers obviously voted for McConnell this past November, 5th. During the one minute segment (below), McConnell also stated President Obama needs to listen to their voice."  

I believe President Obama has done just that as indicated by a recently Hart Research Poll.

McConnell linked 

Hart Research Summary excerpt
Executive action receives support from 91% of Democrats and 67% of political independents. While a narrow 51% majority of Republicans oppose executive action (41% favor), this is driven mainly by a 34-point margin of opposition among Tea Party Republicans (30% favor, 64% oppose). Among non-Tea Party Republicans opinion is more divided, with 47% in favor and 45% opposed.
Description of executive action: The action would direct immigration enforcement officials to focus on threats to national security and public safety, and not on deporting otherwise law-abiding immigrants. Immigrants who are parents of children who are legal US residents could qualify to stay and work temporarily in the United States, without being deported, if they have lived in the United States for at least five years, pay taxes, and pass a criminal background check.

Favor Immigration Executive Action: 91% of Democrats, 67% of political independents, and 41% Republicans.

The Hart Survey was conducted among 800 likely 2016 voters from November 19 to 20, 2014, and has a margin of error of ±3.5 percentage points.
The complete Hart Research Executive Brief in pdf format, here.

GOP leadership has been guided by conservative media, the Kochs and a cancerous core of elected tea party members provided a telling embarkation point for the GOP. Despite consistently yelping about "The will of the American People" with whom they are obviously detached and uncaring, GOP leadership marches on with blinders that only allow marching orders from the three entities delineated above.

I have grown to know the dynamics inherent in conservative politics. What I do not understand is why party leadership consistently makes public statements and declarations of "the People." 

Another point of bewilderment. How the GOP can underestimate and overlook the Obama Administration's polling acuity and wherewithal.

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