Robertson Urges Moderation by Republicans

In a rare moment of almost-lucidity, Pat Robertson is warning Republicans not to overreact to Obama’s executive order on immigration by shutting down the government or trying to impeach. In fact, he says that Obama is only doing to provoke just such a reaction.

“It’s just incredible because it’s a political grab and you wonder what are they playing for,” he said. “I said yesterday and the day before that it’s no question it’s a set-up on this immigration thing, it’s a set-up to trap the Republicans into making some extreme move or to build a constitutional crisis where it looked like they have shut the government down.

“We can’t have that happen, so they’ve got to take a very cautious approach to how they stop the president. But they can shut him down in a number of other ways, and they have got to do it.”

I doubt that’s the reason Obama is doing it, but I think that’s exactly what will happen if the GOP responds too strongly (which they will; it’s all they know how to do these days). What happened the last time they shut down the government? Almost 85% of the public hated it and blamed them for it. What happened the last time they tried to impeach a president? Clinton’s approval ratings went through the roof. He left office with over 60% approval, almost unheard of. And they’re primed to try it all again, led into a losing battle by Gen. Ted Cruz. And it’s going to be kinda fun to watch.

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  • themadtapper

    Funny thing about these “traps”, where Dems are supposedly just trying to get the Republicans to do/say something that makes them look terrible… they only work because the Republicans are terrible.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    And the most recent shutdown badly hurt the GOP in the midterms. Oh.

  • David C Brayton

    I wish @modusoperandi was joking this time.

  • chilidog99

    Did Pat scrunch his eyes up real tight when he said it?

    It doesn’t count unless his eyes are all scrunched up.

  • eric

    they can shut him down in a number of other ways, and they have got to do it.”

    In what ways? They’ve pretty much already pulled the trigger on each of their big guns: preventing appointments and not passing legislation. And they already bluffed and blinked first on the debt ceiling issue. I’m guessing the next Congress will pass practically no legislation and not approve any judicial appointments at all, but that’s hardly going to put extra pressure on a President who (a) is not running for reelection, and (b) has been dealing with that strategy for the past 4-6 years.

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    Modus:

    And the most recent shutdown badly hurt the GOP in the midterms. Oh.

    The US public does have a short memory, its true, but I think a GOP shutdown would affect the presidential election, because their campaigning starts much earlier than the campaigning that goes on in the mid-term elections. The last shutdown occurred in an October (of 2013). If they did the same thing again, they would be shutting the government down in October 2015…and the Iowa primary caucas will likely be in early January 2016, with many other states holding their primaries in the January-February time frame. I think that’s close enough that the GOP presidential candidates would get questions about whether they supported it and many voters would remember if they did support it at the time or not.

  • John Pieret

    it’s a set-up to trap the Republicans into making some extreme move or to build a constitutional crisis

    Which is about as hard as it is to trap cockroaches into going into the kitchen.

  • busterggi

    How will we be able to tell when the Repubs start being obstructionists as opposed to what they’ve been for the past six years.

  • gshelley

    The justification the administration used is that they don’t have enough funds to get everyone (something like a maximum of 400000 deportations a year from 11 million illegals)

    So the Republican response I have seen most frequently is “Well then, we’ll give you even less money”

    I don’t think I have seen any of them suggest they should look into ways of specifically funding deportation for family members of legal residents, or changing the law if that is not currently possible.

  • John Pieret

    You know who really suffers from this? The people at Right Wing Watch! They are going to be running around like gerbils on crack trying to keep up with all the crazy things the wingnuts will be saying about what Obama did for the next couple of weeks (months? … years?).

  • caseloweraz

    Robertson: I said yesterday and the day before that it’s no question it’s a set-up on this immigration thing, it’s a set-up to trap the Republicans into making some extreme move or to build a constitutional crisis where it looked like they have shut the government down.

    Behold the fiendish cleverness of Barack Obama, goading or trapping the GOP into looking crazy at every turn. Why, he even made it seem as if they shut the government down!

    Will nothing stop this President Decepticon?

    /sarc

  • magistramarla

    Eric,

    The government is currently funded through Dec 11, 2014. The congress likes to fund it for only a few months at a time, so that they can then hold the government (and all of us who depend upon a government paycheck to live) hostage again and again. They probably know better than to do it once the campaign season begins, but before that, we are going to have a wild roller-coaster ride.

    Man, I can’t wait ’til the hubby can retire from his government job!

  • Numenaster

    @magistramarla #11,

    I feel your pain. One of the best things about leaving my 11-year civil service career for the private sector was knowing I would never again have my paycheck held up by a continuing resolution or recision (or recission, or rescision, or rescission. For such a specific and rarely used word, it has an inordinate number of accepted spellings.)

  • magistramarla

    Numenaster,

    We can’t just move on, much as we would like to.

    After 11 years active duty, my hubby switched to civil service and now has done that for 21 years. He can retire in 7 years. If we could pay into his retirement for those 11 years, he could count them for retirement and retire anytime. We have the money, but it’s in my IRA from teaching and I can’t touch it for 2 more years.

    As soon as I can withdraw it and put it into his retirement fund, if he’s told that his services are no longer needed, he’ll say “fine” and put in the paperwork to retire with full retirement pay.

    I’m disabled, so we are trying to hang on until he can get as much retirement money as possible, since I may need quite a bit of specialized care as I get older.