“As we saw in this month’s election, obscure Republican backbenchers in the House snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by not letting John Boehner call for a vote on the Senate amnesty/guest worker bill pushed by GOP establishment elites like McCain, Graham, Rubio, Rove, Jeb Bush, etc. Contrary to all the conventional wisdom about how this base recalcitrance was political suicide for the Republican Party, it turned out to be 180 degrees the opposite. In reality, you don’t win elections by letting your political enemies have their way with you.”
This last bit is particulary important: don’t take advice from your enemy. Ever. He doesn’t have your best imterest at heart. And MSM commentators are your enemy.
Sailer’s commenter, Harry Baldwin, put it even more succinctly:
“The president talked about how the house should have passed the ‘bipartisan Senate plan,’ but the reason the Republicans didn’t do so is that their base HATE, HATE, HATES it. … I believe Obama did the GOP a big favor by taking executive action. By taking the onus for this unpopular legislation on himself, he saved them from shooting themselves in the foot.”
Sailer sums it up thus:
“Obama has now made it much harder for future Republican insiders to stab their base in the back over immigration by equating immigration with Obamaism.”
The only thing I have to add is an observation that I have made several times before: are not John Boehner and Mitch McConnell the worst leaders the GOP has ever had?