Trump's Immigration Order and McCain's Revenge

Revenge in Washington D.C. is indeed a dish that gets served up well after the heat of the initial confrontation has drained away. But to be successful in the beltway and especially on the Hill, you need a long memory, and the willingness to use it effectively when the opportune moment arrives.

Consider Senator McCain. It's been well over 2 years since candidate Trump called him a loser for being captured - and brutally tortured - in Vietnam. One of those Trumpian slips that everyone assumed meant an impending doom for his campaign. It didn't - to the surprise of many - of course.

It's been a rare thing to see the gruff but always measured senator from Arizona truly froth at the mouth. Successful politicians - and that means getting re-elected more than anything else - know how to go gently in front of the cameras. And then deliver the knife with compassion and righteous honesty and whatever else is fitting for the media. One can only imagine how McCain frothed in private at Trump's comment. Who wouldn't? But he kept his cool in public and waited.

So now we have McCain the Knife taking a few stabs lately. First the Trump Dossier (btw, did you read about the ex-KGB General likely involved in that scandal? He was found dead a while back in Moscow) that McCain played a small but undeniable role in. And now his tag team with Senator Graham on the president's immigration order. One that "intended or not" is bound to be seen as anti-Muslim, according to the two senators, and may help terrorist recruiting.

In other words: we've carefully read the order and know perfectly well it's a fairly reasonable pause in admitting people from 7 near-collapsed (Iran aside) nations that have enormous problems dealing with terrorism inside their frontiers. We need to fix the vetting process, it's true Mr. President, and a pause of a few months is not that long a time. But you did it quickly and sloppily and we can't turn down this opportunity to make you look bad. Can we Mr. President?

So if the two senators are surfing on a wave of hysterical rage, courtesy of identity politics pushed to the limit, who'll notice the shiv McCain keeps thrusting at President Trump? With all that foamy rhetoric splashing around the place?

And the wave of fury is not only hysterical but also hypocritical. Did any of those in the media and in politics and in various activist groups now raising such a fuss, scream at the top of their voices about Christianaphobia or hatred of the West after the Bataclan Massacre in Paris? Or the attack in Nice on Bastille Day? Or San Bernadino? Or Boston? Or Orlando? Or Ohio State? Whether the attackers were born in America or France, or not.

Ah, of course. An executive order signed by President Trump that deals with tightening the vetting process is somehow morally equivalent. They won't quite say that. Not yet at least. But it lurks under their shouts and waving signs. The evil shadow of a change in immigration regulations is darkening the world. Not the atrocities that increasingly plague our post-modern world. And are a result of islamic jihadist terrorism.

Posted by Keeley at January 30, 2017 6:27 PM
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I enjoyed the read Keeley.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 30, 2017 7:17 PM
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What a disaster. This Trump administration is turning into a seemingly endless streak of unforced errors.

The Immigration EO has been to court five times already, and it has lost five times. The Acting AG, Sally Yates (an Obama appointee Trump asked to stay on board) stated the EO appeared unconstitutional, so DOJ would not enforce it unless the administration could convince her otherwise. Instead of using persuasion, Trump fired the AG.

This is bad, folks. This is gross political malpractice. This is incompetence on an epic scale, right from the get go.

It started with pointless lies by Trump about the crowd size at the inauguration, followed by a whopper about how he would have won the popular vote if it weren’t for millions of illegal votes. A desperate aid tried to justify it by introducing us to the phrase “alternative facts.” And it got worse from there.

Well, there’s more, but we are still looking for a bottom. Firing an AG is about as bad as it gets.

Or is it?

And remember, nothing bad happened. Everything was fine until Trump came into office, and all of the sudden, it is misstep after misstep, followed by a face first snow plow.

Posted by: phx8 at January 30, 2017 10:39 PM
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It’s all fun and games when the mess is entirely artificial like the current immigration fiasco. However, I shudder when I imagine what may happen in the face of an external crisis with an overseas adversary. Every President since WWII has faced the temptation of war with other nuclear powers. Fortunately, each one has been able to dispatch various crisis through diplomacy and peaceful negotiation.

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 31, 2017 12:35 PM
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“Instead of using persuasion, Trump fired the AG.”

What! I can barely believe I read this correctly. Every president of the United States, from now on, will be required to use “persuasion” to have the justice department enforce their orders?

Truly phx8, it is about as bad as I have ever witnessed as the Left spirals out of control. They no longer even offer the appearance of being law abiding and America loving people. They have entered a dimension of delusional orthodoxy…;

Laws are to be obeyed if agreeable and otherwise ignored.

Loving America is fine when America loves loathsome social edicts and political philosophies that enslave the masses.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 31, 2017 2:03 PM
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Just had to share.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 31, 2017 2:28 PM
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Gee, RF, for all your talk about the Constitution, you sure turn quiet whenever the subject of Trump & the emoluments clause comes up.

The Trump administration requested Yates serve as acting AG. They asked her. She didn’t ask them. Trump, Bannon, and Miller rushed an Immigration EO out there and five different judges slapped it down. What did they expect Yates to do? How stupid are these people? Her letter invited Trump to explain why she should not act as she did. Trump should have taken her up on it. He should have very publicly invited her to the White House for a personal meeting, talked with her, and made a convincing argument. If she could not go along with it, then he could have thanked her for her service, and asked for her resignation.

Instead, he turned the issue into yet another negative headline, a stupid and pointless confrontation.

A better idea would have been to wait for his AG nominee to be in position, and then coordinate with DHS and DoD for the rollout. Instead, there was massive confusion, and initially even people with Green Cards were being shut out. There were too many mistakes to go into them individually, but the point is, Trump- TRUMP- set himself up for failure. He has no one but himself to blame.

A far better idea would have been to do what Obama did, namely, go through the legislative process. Obama only issued an EO six months after Congress failed to act after its first failure.

Being president does not mean just firing off a bunch of half-assed EO’s. A president has tremendous resources available in the Executive Branch, and Trump even has the luxury of a GOP House and Senate. Passing laws that can last means going through the legislative process, even if it takes some time. It would give him a chance to build consensus. Given the fact he lost the general election by 3 million votes, and given that the GOP House got 49% and GOP Senators only 42%, building consensus would make a lot of sense.

Posted by: phx8 at January 31, 2017 3:31 PM
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I appreciate your comments phx8. To suggest that Trump follow Obama’s lead clearly underscores why you don’t understand the man. Trump is beholden only to the American people. He has no puppet strings attached.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 31, 2017 3:46 PM
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ты уверен?

Posted by: phx8 at January 31, 2017 6:48 PM
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я собственный козырь

С уважением,

Владимир Путин
Vladimir Putin

Posted by: phx8 at January 31, 2017 6:52 PM
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phx8 showing his true allegence

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 31, 2017 7:04 PM
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OH, OH, have terrorists captured phx8? Is his post a ransom request?

Posted by: Royal Flush at February 1, 2017 4:17 PM
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Can we ban white dudes with a grudge against the government? .Can we ban white kids who shoot up schools? Cops who shoot unarmed civilians? Lets ban them all.

Posted by: andre hernandez at February 1, 2017 11:04 PM
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