June 28, 2013
The conventional wisdom is that the Gang of Eight bill, or any facsimile thereof, has no chance of passing the House. By all rights, it shouldn’t. The bill does for immigration policy what Obamacare does for health care — make things profoundly worse.
But it would be a serious mistake to underestimate supporters of the Gang of Eight. A powerful coalition of liberal interest groups, mainstream media, unions, big business, Hollywood, academia, and practically every Democratic politician in the country are continuing to wield resources toward the bill’s ultimate passage that dwarf the resources of the bill’s opponents.
During the senate fight, the bill’s opponents were vastly outnumbered and outfinanced by the bill’s supporters, so much so that only a few weeks ago the Gang of Eight resembled a freight train barreling toward passage — it’s supporters and the media portraying it as a done deal. Only a handful of senators stood in its path, with most of the heavy lifting performed by Senators Ted Cruz, Chuck Grassley, and Mike Lee.