In his attempt to troll the hard right, Obama has actually handed them a wonderful gift by killing comprehensive immigration reform dead. Legislative amnesty is finished, it’s done, it’s pining for the fjords. Conservative Republicans get to finally advance border and enforcement reforms without even dealing with those here illegally! It’s just what the Bob Goodlattes of the world have wanted to do all along: ditch the clunky amnesty tradeoffs and deal with citizenship issues last, only after securing the border. It’s the Republican establishment, consultant and donor classes, and the Chamber who are closest to the blast radius on this, turning anyone viewed as pro-amnesty toxic overnight. They will be viewed by the GOP base as supportive of the president’s overreach despite all denials (“I was in favor of what he did but not how he did it” is always a weak position), which will make for some very awkward defenses in the 2016 stakes.
I have been asked, "Yeah, Mike, so what do we do NOW?" Do? Why the same things you had better have been doing all along -- training, organizing, networking, seeing to your logistics. I am reminded of the old saying "When Your Enemy Is in the Process of Destroying Himself, Stay Out of His Way."
Obama has just taken another huge whack out of his own Mandate of Heaven. Enjoy it. Use the opportunity to point out to you previously skeptical friends that this imperial tyranny will only get worse -- the GOP being what it is* -- and that they have only themselves to rely on and they'd better get with the program PDQ.
What will I do to refute Obama's power-mad tyrannical grab? Why I'm going to try to hit two Black Friday sales of .22 Long Rifle ammunition instead of just one. You wanna fight tyranny? Then you'd better be about the business of getting ready to shoot back.
*(For example, see “It only takes a couple” of comments for an unflattering narrative to build about the Republican response, said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “That’s the trouble with having some of these new, young punks around here. They ought to listen to us old geezers.” It is not only Emperor Barack who will be discrediting himself here, but the pro-illegal GOP elites as well.)