Huffington Post congressional correspondent Ryan Grim appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss the GOP defense of the extremely controversial immigration bill just passed in Arizona.
Republicans claim they were forced to act because the federal government would not. In this argument, Grim explains, "The ironies are stacked on top of each other."
[I]n 2007 President Bush did spend a lot of political capital working with Ted Kennedy to try to get comprehensive immigration reform through the Senate. And what happened? At the last minute Republicans pulled out because they were under attack from their far right, the nativist element, of that party, and what's now kind of become the Tea Party coalition. And now the Republicans are saying we had to do this in Arizona because the federal government hasn't acted.
Then you have the irony of Lindsey Graham a couple of weeks ago saying the President needs to exert his influence on immigration reform. Then, when Reid says he's going to move to immigration reform, he throws a tantrum and says, 'Well, I'm not going to back climate change because you're putting immigration in front of it.'
There are all kinds of inconsistencies going on here.