Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Trust But Verify Amendment Rejected

Remember the guy President Obama was playing golf with beginning of may? Right. As I expected (see also CSM yesterday) Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee, is emerging as a key player in the Senate bid for immigration reform. A couple of days ago he hinted:
'I'm certainly one of those people who wants to see some sort of productive outcome'
We can see this reflected in the vote today. The Senate voted 61-37 on Wednesday to table (kill) an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) (which is a good thing):
'GOP members of the Gang of Eight — Sens. John McCain (Ariz), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) — voted against Paul's amendment, along with Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).'
Note how this process is moving forward in a perfectly scripted way. Nobody should have any illusions that this outcome was not completely predictable. The Republican party isn't going to be hijacked by individuals like Steve King who has consistently sabotaged constructive grassroot activism in 2007 (Huckabee) and 2011(Ron Paul).

However, the way this process is moving forward shows how much work Rand Paul still has ahead of him to be able to fly without the help of the Tennessee/ Kentucky 'quartet' (Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell).

Bob Corker played the exact same role during the Chuck Hagel nomination process. He made sure filibuster went nowhere which was key.

When, June first, he said he was 'hopeful on immigration reform' he knew exactedly what he was talking about.

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