GOP Rep: We Can’t Do Immigration Because We’re Incompetent

That’s more or less the word of Representative Tom Cole.

The Hill reported that Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said he thinks it is unrealistic to pass the “divisive and difficult issue” of reform because it can barely handle the basics of a functioning government.

“I don’t even think we’ll get to that point until we get these other problems solved,” Cole said. “We’re not sure we can chew gum, let alone walk and chew gum, so let’s just chew gum for a while.”

In other words, having intentionally made government as dysfunctional as possible, Tom Cole and his colleagues in the Flying Monkey Caucus can’t envision tackling immigration reform. It’s too hard.

House Republicans are still trying to handle crossing the Ts and dotting the Is. Commas are a whole ‘nother story.

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  • D_C_Wilson

    “We’re not sure we can chew gum, let alone walk and chew gum, so let’s just chew gum for a while.”
    To: Rep. Tom Cole
    From: Your employers
    We’ll be discussing your inability to perform your basic job functions during your next performance evaluation. This evaluation is scheduled for the first Tuesday of November, 2014.

    • Teddy’s Person

      And the people who will be applying to replace you should be playing this comment on an endless loop from now until Nov. 2014. The campaign ad will write itself.

    • trgahan

      Problem is the majority of voters in Rep. Cole’s district insist we’re currently occupied by a Kenyan Muslim socialist bent on imprisoning all white Christians…er Real Americans…..and giving their “hard earned” wealth to lazy entitled minorities.

      As long as Cole keeps “fighting” to prevent that (and keeps all those Medicare, social security, disability, and food stamp tax dollars flowing to his specific constituents)…he’s doing A-OK!

      • nathkatun7

        “Problem is the majority of voters in Rep. Cole’s district insist we’re currently occupied by a Kenyan Muslim socialist bent on imprisoning all white Christians…er Real Americans…..and giving their “hard earned” wealth to lazy entitled minorities.”

        Amazing! Do these “majority of voters in Rep. Cole’s district” ever pose to ask themselves this question?

        “How come, after almost 5 years in office, hasn’t the “Kenyan Muslim socialist” imprisoned one single “White Christian…er Real American”?

        To be honest, I am just so overwhelmed to discover, that even in the 21st Century, with all the impressive technological advances, irrational beliefs and dogma still trump logic and reality.

    • Badgerite

      Oh, Snap!

  • Badgerite

    Interesting admission.

  • mrbrink

    They just want to build a 2,000 mile prison wall on our border and regulate the country as such.

  • mdblanche

    I’m sure “vote for us because we’re incompetent” will be a very persuasive slogan for the GOP’s next outreach effort.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Well DUHHHH, Tom Cole. Anyone with a triple digit IQ could have told you that.

    • nathkatun7

      Actually, Tom Cole is regarded by the media as one of the sane Republicans. He was supposedly against government shut down.

  • muselet

    The Hill:

    With the shutdown having sent the GOP’s approval rating plummeting, Democrats have appealed to Republicans to use immigration reform as a chance to demonstrate to voters that the two parties can work together and that Congress can do more than simply careen from crisis to crisis.

    “Rather than create problems, let’s prove to the American people that Washington can actually solve some problems,” Obama said Thursday in his latest effort to spur the issue on.

    But Republicans largely dismiss that line of thinking and say the two-week shutdown damaged what little trust between the GOP and Obama there was at the outset.

    “There is a sincere desire to get it done, but there is also very little goodwill after the president spent the last two months refusing to work with us,” a House GOP leadership aide said. “In that way, his approach in the fiscal fights was very short-sighted: It made his achieving his real priorities much more difficult.”

    If only Barack Obama hadn’t acted like he’d been elected president—twice, and by large margins—and just given the Rs everything they demanded. That way, the Rs wouldn’t have had their precious fee-fees hurt and would be willing to work on Obama’s priorities. But no, Obama had to go and pretend John McCain and Mitt Romney lost to him. So really, it’s all Obama’s fault the Rs are in the middle of a multi-year temper tantrum.

    I’d be a little less annoyed if the Rs weren’t such transparently bad liars.

    –alopecia

    • nathkatun7

      For me I am annoyed, correct that, I am angry, that the so called mainstream media have allowed, and in many instances aided and abeted, the Republicans to get away with propagating blatant lies!

      • muselet

        Yup, me too.

        –alopecia