Congress' most outspoken enemy of immigration reform told TPM that House Speaker John Boehner made the right move by hitting the brakes on the effort last week.Rep. King may have gotten mocked and pilloried for his warnings about immigrants mostly being drug mules with melon-sized calves, etc., but his contingent won and all the "sensible" Republicans had to give up the campaign lest it do even more damage to the party's credibility than it was already doing.
"It's the right position and makes sense and is consistent with a majority of our conference -- a significant majority of our conference," Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told TPM in a brief interview on Monday evening. [...]
The Iowa congressman said reform opponents must keep the heat on Republican leaders so that they don't change their minds.
A large part of this is the tea party, a group that quickly morphed from "tax" movement to a catch-all bin for every far-right crackpot disillusioned as to why the hyper-conservative Bush reign did not lead to the magical utopia they had been promised. Mix in a bunch of "border" groups, a bunch of militia groups and militia-lite groups, all the diehard racists and bigots and xenophobes and everyone else; the movement itself may be less visible, but the party members that they so successfully pushed into office are still obsessed with the need to cater to the ultra-right.