I have to confess that even I did a double-take when I first saw this clip. Yes, that would be Democrat Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, admitting that his fellow Democrats are essentially scared sh**less that any executive orders Obama signs pertaining to the border crisis will be a political liability for them. Obviously, that’s true and Republicans know it. But it’s rare to get this level of political honesty from a Democrat. Then again, we hear so much from Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Nancy Pelosi on a weekly basis that it’s sometimes hard to remember what it sounds like when a Dem isn’t spinning facts from ear to ear.
“You can sense already, even among my Democratic colleagues, a kind of — ‘this issue is a little too complicated, too risky, let’s go small,” said Grijalva. “Politically, they’re tied together, and the children at the border and his executive orders are going to get tied together.”
Not bad for a prominent lefty, but I might even take it one step further and say that it’s not simply Obama’s executive orders pertaining to immigration that will be troublesome for his party in the midterms. It’s the total cumulative effect of ALL of his “pen and phone” actions this year that are sending moderate voters to the other side of the political aisle, and Team Obama is doing nothing to slow that down. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that this week will see the revelation of the latest “Year of Action” executive order, which will be related to infrastructure spending.
In the end, the president can sign executive orders until his infamous pen run out of ink. But it’s not making him any friends in Washington or across the country, and in response, he’d better be prepared for a real shellacking this November. However, he doesn’t have to listen to me; perhaps he can pick up the phone that goes with that pesky pen and call Congressman Grijalva for advice.
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