Monday, June 24, 2013

Hey Republicans, here's your...

...canary in the coal mine: If the House can't pass an immigration bill this year, then the GOP won't be able to nominate someone who can actually win a centrist (such as Chris Christie or Jeb Bush) for president in 2016. Instead, look for the Republicans to put forth someone from the far, far right (such as Ted Cruz) and get absolutely annihilated.

(I actually think the Republicans are going to nominate the most conservative candidate either way. They just need a thorough butt-kicking to focus their minds before they can move back toward the center.)

I also think that John Boehner will risk his role as Speaker to bring an immigration bill to the House floor. (It's that important to the Republican Party.) But if he can't -- or won't -- then the tea party will be seen as fully in control and there will be no chance of a moderate candidate for 2016.

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