We now know that both of those assumptions were incorrect.
If you had any doubts about that, take a look at what happened when House Republicans met this week to discuss what to do about immigration reform.
Much of the opposition that tea party members voiced in Wednesday's meeting goes deeper than a policy difference about a pathway to citizenship, and comes down to an issue of trust. Many Republicans continue to reject the basic legitimacy of the Obama presidency, and they don't trust the president to faithfully carry out laws designed to secure the border, with some pointing to the president's decision to delay implementation of an element of Obamacare until 2015.I'm not sure how they can make it any clearer - that final quote being one of the ugliest statements ever made by an elected official.
"I made a comment in there, kind of offhand, that trusting Barack Obama with border security is like trusting my daughter with Bill Clinton," Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said. "We just don't trust him."
Commenting on this issue of not trusting President Obama to carry out aspects of the immigration reform bill, even David Brooks demonstrates that he understands exactly where things stand.
...at some point, this argument just becomes an excuse to oppose every piece of legislation, ever. All legislation allows the executive branch to have some discretion. It’s always possible to imagine ways in which a law may be distorted in violation of its intent. But if you are going to use that logic to oppose something, you are going to end up opposing tax reform, welfare reform, the Civil Rights Act and everything else...Yep. That pretty well sums up the "logic" of the Republican Party today. The President a majority of the American people elected...twice...happens to be black. Ergo, he is illegitimate. Therefore we will refuse to govern.
Whether this bill passes or not, this country is heading toward a multiethnic future. Republicans can either shape that future in a conservative direction or, as I’ve tried to argue, they can become the receding roar of a white America that is never coming back.
That’s what’s at stake.
This is our moment to decide whether or not we are going to let that happen...whether we'll pass or fail this next step in our long slow struggle with this country's original sin of slavery and racism. I'd suggest that the turning point just might be the 2014 election. Typically a lot of people sit the midterms out. If we do that this time, we'll be giving the Huelskamp's of the world a pass on their racist (not to mention misogynist) agenda.
We're not going to let that happen - right?