"So he’s been talking about immigration reform for seven years, so you’re using his words as if they actually mean something, and ask me to respond to it. He’s been talking about this when he had 60 votes in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House and they didn’t do a darn thing."Leaving DACA aside, which I guess I will for rhetoric's sake--let's just say Obama does something without Congress, since he is pretty sure he's getting nothing from them. Is there any way at all he wouldn't think the unified GOP-led Congress would not be on his overreaching self faster than, hmm. See, the problem with part of the "Obama's overreaching and/or has never wanted to really do something" trope is that Congress could conceivably work with him to everyone's benefit and pass needful legislation, and we could call it something like, I don't know, a "functioning democracy". (The other, bigger part is that it's self-contradictory, as so much Obama criticism actually is.) It's not like the House leadership can pretend they have to deal with much obstruction from the Senate, anymore. And it isn't like Boehner and McConnell haven't at least attempted to strike a pose of wanting to work with the White House. (If they can promise no government shut-downs, and want to strike a deal at tax reform--I'm pretty open to hearing them out, especially if they will stop chiseling at the ACA). If they don't work things out, they have to accept some responsibility.
The RNC chief added that "all he’s been doing for the last year is lying to Hispanic voters across the country." Priebus pointed to Obama initially saying he would act on immigration before the end of the summer, then delaying the action until after the midterm elections.
Instead of not believing that McConnell and Boehner can, under the new paradigm, work better with the White House--I'll take them at their word that they might try. I'll keep track of whether it looks like they are, as folks say "Getting'er done." But if they aren't doing it...well...
Watch this space for the usual grievances.