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  •  But what if leadership looks sideways and (1+ / 0-)
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    allows discharge petition to move forward.

    There have been reports that John Boehner is going to retire as Speaker at the end of 2014. In that case, there will be no retribution from leadership.

    Also, Boehner represents the establishment and he wants to send the  Republican nominee iinto 2016 without the baggage of immigration. And Boehner can get a good lobbying deal from one of the business interests for doing them a favor.

    No one will directly get blamed. So I think discharge petition might just be possible on immigration.

    •  Retire Boehner (0+ / 0-)

      He'd be forcibly retired as Speaker if Democrats just win a net couple dozen seats out of 435.

      A discharge petition or just any immigration reform passage would probably cause that.

      If Democrats take the opportunity to represent the country, and explain that to the country as their campaign.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:45:41 PM PST

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    •  boehner won't allow a vote yet. (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe if leadership reaches agreement on the House immigration bills, a vote will be held on them by May-June. If not, another chance could occur if 2014 was seen as a disappointment for Republicans, and Reid clearly held obto the Senate majority. Then, Boehner would maybe possibly allow a vote on the Senate bill. If not, the issue gets pushed back to 2015, when the GOP primary season starts, makibg progress that much harder.

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