The Price Of Partisanship (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford  on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:30 pm  

Blake Rutherford

Last week, Tom Donahue Sr., president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, noted in his annual State of American Business Address that he would "pull out all the stops" to gain support for immigration reform in the House and vowed "to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted." A supporter of the Senate bill, Donahue's full-throttle engagement is good news for the pro-business reform effort, even if the result is the House considering the Senate bill gradationally.

Of course, to do so would constitute another intra-party affront to Cotton, whose antipathy toward compromise was first conveyed in an obdurate missive in The Wall Street Journal in July. The headline? "It's the House Bill or Nothing on Immigration."

What matters to Tom Cotton? Does it matter when the answer is always no? Maybe there's a greater question: Is a reliable partisan adequately suited to meet the possibilities of our times?

(Blake Rutherford is is vice president of The McLarty Companies and previously was chief of staff to the Arkansas attorney general. You can follow him on Twitter at BlakeRutherford. His column appears every other Wednesday in the weekly Government & Politics e-newsletter. You can subscribe for free here.)



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