December 2, 2023

There have been more than 2 million illegal border crossings during each of the last two years under President Joe Biden. It should be no surprise then that a September Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 54 percent of Americans agree with the statement: “Immigration is making life harder for native-born Americans.”

Under normal political circumstances, Republicans would see an opportunity and run with the party’s pro-legal-but-not-illegal-immigration bent.

Instead, before our very eyes, the lemming wing of the GOP is mucking up an opening so that the likes of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) can get on cable TV.

Monday, Greene forced a floor vote on a resolution to impeach Biden Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Her gambit failed in a 209–201 vote.

Of course, it failed. It was a stunt. The sad part is that only eight House Republicans voted against the measure.

And the measure only made it to the floor because of crazy House GOP rules that allow one Republican to push a measure that is a waste of time because the Democrat-controlled Senate won’t pass it.

Some of the eight dissenting Republicans could find themselves in a world of hurt when they run for reelection and have to face the wrath of constituents who think that committed conservatives have nothing better to do than fall on their swords.

So, thank you, gentlewoman from Georgia.

Savvy Democrats must love you.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) one of the GOP eight, is as conservative as they come. Indeed, he is so old-school that he actually cares about the Constitution.

Mayorkas, McClintock offered in a statement, is “the worst cabinet secretary in American history,” and his policies “produced the worst mass illegal migration ever recorded. Elections have consequences, and this is one of them.”

McClintock added that the grounds for impeachment are “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

And really, when you think about it, policy disagreements are not a political crime.

After her stunt failed, Greene posted a video on X (formerly Twitter) that blasted the GOP eight.

Once again, Greene got on cable news attacking Republicans. Not Democrats.

Such is the self-destructive tide that is pushing the GOP deeper underwater.

Debra J. Saunders is a fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership. Contact her at [email protected].