obama33Marco Rubio has become the public face of amnesty, but the fate of Senator Cormyn’s border security amendment is a warning that it is the private face of amnesty that matters more than its public face. Cormyn’s amendment might have held up legalization until border security was in, though it probably wouldn’t even have done that much. It had the support of Marco Rubio, but was shot down by Obama.

That should have been a dealbreaker for the Republicans, but instead Obama got his way and there’s a good reason for that. The Gang of 8 is really a Gang of 9. And Obama is its ranking member.

“No decisions are being made without talking to us about it,” an Obama official told The New Yorker. “This does not fly if we’re not O.K. with it.”

Pro-Amnesty senators have praised Obama for remaining in the background because it would be politically inconvenient if he were to openly take a central role. But he is playing the central role.

Senate Republicans aren’t negotiating with their Democratic colleagues. Democratic Senators have become mouthpieces for the White House.

The New York Times described Room 201, a hidden war room operating inside Congress where Obama staffers determine what is acceptable and what isn’t. According to one Democratic Senate leadership aide, “When Republican amendments are filed and we are trying to decide, ‘Can we accept this? Can we accept this without some modifications?’ they are the ones who tell us, ‘This is quite doable,’ ”

While Senate Republicans continue to deny the existence of Room 201; it’s Room 201 that calls the shots.

A Rubio spokesman may sneer, “President Obama’s concept of engaging Congress is giving a speech that nobody up here listens to”, but it was Obama who got the final say on an amendment that Rubio supported. And Rubio has yet to drop out. It’s hard to call Obama incompetent while doing his bidding.

Obama backed what he called “comprehensive immigration reform” back in 2010. In a speech at American University, he laid out the same exact talking points of the current “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” plan, including the claim that the legal immigration system is broken, the promise that a comprehensive plan will begin by addressing border security and the fiction that illegal aliens will be “punished” by being forced to pay back taxes. The whole plan concluded with a path to citizenship.

That plan was loosely based on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009, whose real authors were at the Center for American Progress, which Time Magazine described as Obama’s “idea factory”.

The plan that Pro-Amnesty Republicans have been touting was Obama’s plan all along, word for word. It’s even being sold in exactly the same way and Gang of 8 members often find themselves repeating lines from Obama’s American University speech. Every time you hear a Senate Republican pitch amnesty by saying that the legal immigration system is broken, you are hearing echoes of an old Obama speech.

Republicans don’t want to talk about Room 201 or the Obama factor, but as amnesty moves forward, the denizens of Room 201 and the entire machine of Obama Inc. are becoming less reluctant to toot their own horn; even if that tooting humiliates some of their compliant Republicans.

Obama Inc. is not satisfied with a legislative victory, when it can also humiliate and discredit its opponents. Obama has kept a relatively low profile on amnesty, by his standards, which include multiple speeches and threats, but that is coming to an end.

With amnesty, Obama calculated that getting through the legislative process meant letting the Republicans feel as if they can score a political victory, but any sense of Republican ownership of amnesty will disappear once the votes are in. As an Obama official said, “We’re not worried about short-term political credit. We’ll get plenty of it if it gets signed,”

Broadcasting the existence of Room 201 and the influence that Obama wields over the compliant members of the Gang of 8 is the first step in taking credit for amnesty. The idea that the public would associate a major amnesty with anyone other than the man in the White House was always naïve. But even if that weren’t the case, Obama is hardly a slouch when it comes to grabbing top billing.

Right now Rubio may be on every channel discussing amnesty, but once his part is played, it will be Obama on every channel taking credit for it and it will be Obama who signs the bill while surrounded by the children of illegal aliens and adoring cameramen. By then, Rubio’s involvement in passing amnesty will only be remembered by wonks and conservatives. And the reasons for it will be even more obscure.

It wasn’t just the 2012 election that stampeded Republicans into backing amnesty. Winning a majority of the Latino vote would not have put Romney in the Oval Office. Instead the real trigger was Obama’s unilateral implementation of the DREAM Act by executive order. Within some Republican circles, the perception was that Obama would implement amnesty either way and their only chance to control its scope and claim some of the credit for it was by getting out in front of the existing amnesty proposals.

It seems insane, but it’s also how Washington DC works. Given a choice between a series of piecemeal amnesties that Obama would control and own from start to finish… and an amnesty that they could have some claim on, a number of Republicans chose to back an Obama plan from his first term, rather than allow him to implement his own plan by executive order.

Amnesty is not about immigration reform. It’s about power and politics. It’s about the destructive way that Washington D.C. does business.

Obama succeeded in convincing a sizable number of Republicans that they could do what he wanted on their own terms or he would do what he wanted anyway. And now they are discovering that their terms are only what Room 201 says they can be.

This isn’t amnesty. This is Obamnesty.

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  • fanlad

    Who is the real Traitor of the US and the rule of law? Edward Snowden?

    Apparently the real traitors of our Constitutional Republic and the rule of law reside in the U.S.Senate, McCain, Rubio, Graham, and Flake. And now one can add Corker, and Hoeven, all doing the bidding for Obama and the open borders gang. Rewarding illegal behavior and actions with amnesty, while the concept of securing our borders disappears with the discretion of Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security.

    Again, another bill being voted on in the U.S. Senate without our Senators reading it or understanding it. Another unwanted bill being rammed down the throats of the American people. Who are real the traitors?

    • OldmanRick

      Well said.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Yes indued, every one of them and more are traitors to the American people and our constitutional republic. The fact that there is a concerted effort from both parties to legalize a mass of third-world illiterate-peasant invaders is a glaring testimony of how far our nation has fallen.

      “Traitors, Evert One of Them,” http://www.ambrosekane.com

  • OldmanRick

    We don’t need some new law. To resolve the illegal alien problem, all the government needs to do is enforce existing law. Problem resolved. All this pontificating, bloviating, strutting, and preening is nothing more than political theatre to wow the audience and obfuscate any real issue. In other words, the senate is lying to the people.

    • Gee

      Absolutely – it is a crime to hire, house, or even transport illegal aliens. That law was signed by Teddy Roosevelt

      • john

        and to build the fence is a law, since 1987………..and – who cares?

        We do, Congress doesn’t.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Good point. People often declare that our immigration system is ‘broken.’ But the truth is, it’s not broken, it’s just not enforced. Our elected officials like to say it’s broken because it makes it sound as if the machinery of immigration somehow failed – when in reality, they’ve just refused to enforce the existing laws.

      “Amnesty and the GOP’s Death Wish” (Parts 1&2) http://www.ambrosekane.com

  • ApolloSpeaks


    is defeated in the House Republicans will be excoriated by MSM and the Dems as racist obstructionists while the public will yawn-as immigration reform like gun control, the environment, gay marriage and abortion is way down on its list of priorities.

  • cedarhill

    If the GOP passes amnesty, ever, it’s the end of conservative support for their party. They may get their big donors to fill campaign coffers but they’re not gonna get shoe leather of the former rank and file to hold their noses again.

    Elephants purportedly have long memories – conservatives have longer ones.

    • cynthia curran

      True, but the advantage of voting Repubican is the based can use them against another amnesty if this one fails to go thru. The Republican elite from Reagan ,picks Presidental Candidates that have supported some formed of legalization: George H Bush, Bob Dole and Jack Kemp, George W Bush and Dick Cheney and John MCCain and Paul Ryan. There is a pattern here.

  • Rdlake

    Like a pimp, he hides in the shadows & watches his flock trying to make the deal.

    If the deal it’s not agreed upon set conditions or if the customer lacks interest to continue, the pimp appears & tries to re-start negotiations.

    While in the shadows & unseen we can only blame his flock for seducing their targets into doing things that we see as bad, or blame their targets for engaging in something immoral.

    The pimp unseen, is detached from either action & securely ambles along , assured of the love, the horde have for him.

  • John E Coleman

    I love the Amnesty idea !! Lets set up a few Thousand or More buses

    Offer a Free Ride to all those who are here { Illegally } , as in ALL !

    They are Express Buses and make Only one stop ! >>>> GITMO !

    There , we can sort out the few that truly want to become Citizen’s of

    And ship the other Several Million back to where the Hell they came from !

    NO BRAINER !! Even I can figure this out !!

  • John Edward Coleman

    There have been major conflicts as to Who Discovered America !!!!

    My guess is that , whoever they were , They would have checked with the Indians
    to get an OK ! or else they got cooked for Dinner !! or worse ?

    I tell you what ! Someone get the Charcoal and I’ll get matches & lighter fluid

    OH !! By the way ! Bring lots of Charcoal because some may be very Tough to
    catch !!

    • Steve Bryant

      Does it matter who “discovered” America? The issue is culture. What makes anyone think that Mexicans would do any better if they “owned” California than they have done with the territory they actually own and control? Same thing with Gaza and the so-called Palestinians. The Israeli’s made the place habitable and prosperous, Arabs turned it into a shithole straight away. Tough to chew?

      • American1969

        Well said!

        • Steve Bryant

          Thanks, American. Your identification of where the true enemies are is spot on, as well.

  • 14RB

    If Republicans pass amnesty, they won’t have to wait for the demographic disaster; Republican stay-at-home voters (i.e., conservatives who voted Republican in the past) will send most of them to private sector jobs after the next election.

  • mtnhikerdude

    Amnesty , the final nail in America’s coffin.

    • Everett Vulgamore

      yet you wont see anybody start real protests anytime soon, because the American people as a whole are super lazy, and WANT to be babysitted. they WANT this nanny state, because it means less effort that they as individuals have to do. it makes me sick.

      • mtnhikerdude

        Everett ,it is very sad.

    • Barb3000

      That is exactly what I told my two skunk senators when I faxed them after they voted for that insane amendment.m

  • dizzyizzy

    This article and indeed POTUS’s mocking of the separation of powers in the Constitution does suggest a one-party dictatorship and Orwell’s 1984 (the naming of Room 201). But consider the origins of the word “totalitarianism.” Are we really there yet? See http://clarespark.com/2012/11/13/orwell-superpatriots-and-the-election/. “Orwell, superpatriots, and the election.”

  • http://www.americarepublicspring.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    I am glad I became a conservative. The Republicans are too often the back door to Democratic Party political machinations. Why they can’t see the Democratic plot, sidestep it, and substitute the republican principles in our Constitution for the Democratic plot is beyond belief.
    The birth of the Republican Party was a shout for justice for Blacks against the bloody slavery sustained by the Democratic Party elites. The Republican Party helped our Republic win the Civl War, freed the slaves, then allowed the leaders of those who had committed treason against our Republic almost immediately back into our congressional offices.
    Will the Republicans ever learn that our Republic was founded on the republican legal principles enshrined and ratified in our Constitution?
    Unbelievably, republicans in the Republican Party are referring to our Republic as ‘our democracy.’
    Is it any wonder Republicans frequently become the victim of Democrats.
    Marvin Fox

  • john

    if Congress does not upheld its oath to protect Americans…..there is only one word for that, and we all know that word.
    Rhymes with”prison” and leads to it.

  • USARetired

    O’Bozo is desperate to pass amnesty in America as he realizes his days in office are numbered and deportation of this criminal will follow!

  • American1969

    The true enemies of this country are in Washington DC.