One of the most common refrains I heard in the lead-up to the election was that a Republican victory would be disastrous . . . for the Republicans. It would put on display just how incredibly dysfunctional and fractured they are.
I noted on Facebook after the election that the next four years are going to be a lot like the last for years, as a result of the dysfunction junction that managed to get elected, and President Obama knows it, too. That’s why he put the spotlight on them when asked about immigration on Face of the Nation, bluntly stating that nobody is stopping the Republicans from passing bills on issues like immigration:
The minute that they pass a bill that deals with the problems of immigration reform, I will sign it and it supersedes whatever actions I take, and I’m encouraging them to do so. On parallel track we’re going to be implementing an executive action, but if in fact a bill gets passed, nobody’s going to be happier than me to sign it. Because that means it will be permanent rather than temporary.
So,they have the ability, the authority, the control to supercede anything I do through my authority by carrying out their functions over there. And if in fact it’s true that they want to pass a bill, they’ve got good ideas, nobody’s stopping them, and the minute they do it, the minute I sign that bill, what I’ve done goes away.
No more Harry Reid. The Republicans will have nobody to blame when they fail to get anything done.
Their days of hiding their dysfunction behind obstruction are over. This election put into stark contrast what the American people want — they want a minimum wage increase. They want these idiotic personhood laws to go away. They want marijuana legalized. They support infrastructure spending, and strong social policies.
The only thing stopping the Republicans from governing is, as Rush Limbaugh so kindly pointed out the other day, the Republicans themselves. And President Obama knows that, which is why he’s put the spotlight on them. Show’s yours, Republicans.
You can watch the President’s remarks below.