Deroy Murdock finds a lesson GOP leaders must learn, about tying pet bills to the wrong legislation:
[T]he GOP leadership appended the defunding of Obama’s executive order on amnesty to the DHS budget. Republicans, of all people, should have foreseen that the growing ISIS threat and mounting concerns about jihadist attacks on U.S. soil would make this a dreadful time to tamper with the agency that encompasses the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a number of other vital counterterrorism agencies....
The lesson here should be obvious. If GOP leaders do not engrave it in their brains at once, they should resign and welcome competent replacements who will do so: Do not tie defunding measures to the budgets of popular agencies that do important work that the American people support. Instead, attach such provisions to programs that the Left loves, but about which most Americans are much less enthusiastic.
Imagine if Republicans had provided funding through the end of this quarter for the entire federal budget except for the IRS, and then stapled amnesty-defunding language to a separate IRS appropriation. The debate now would be whether or not to shut down the IRS until Obama agrees to abandon his amnesty decree.
Bottom Line. The GOP can profit from applying the old Sicilian proverb: "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
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