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Congress: Tea Party blasts Rubio

Leading with yesterday’s Tea Party rally, the AP writes, “Six months after Hispanics overwhelmingly helped return President Barack Obama to office and control of the Senate to Democrats, Boehner is helping lead the GOP effort to bite into that base of support — or at least stop alienating a demographic that accounts for 17 percent of the nation. That means getting a new policy on immigration, perhaps the most delicate political dance of Boehner’s career. Immigration separates Republicans from one another as much if not more than it separates them from Democrats. They don’t trust Boehner to hew to the so-called Hastert Rule.” 

 

The Washington Post’s Milbank notes how the Tea Party crowd turned on Marco Rubio. “Much of the scene was familiar: the yellow flags, the banners protesting tyranny and socialism, the demands to impeach President Obama and to repeal Obamacare. But there was a new target of the conservatives’ ire: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and his ‘amnesty’ plan for illegal immigrants. The loathing of this onetime darling of the movement — Rubio rode the tea party wave to office in 2010 — could be seen in the homemade signs on the East Lawn of the Capitol proclaiming, ‘Rubio RINO’ (Republican In Name Only) and ‘Rubio Lies, Americans Die.’ Rubio antagonism became a main theme of the event, held by Republican Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Louie Gohmert (Tex.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and other opponents of the bipartisan Senate immigration legislation that Rubio negotiated. The lawmakers called to the microphone the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector, who delivered a sustained rebuke of the turncoat. ‘Marco Rubio,’ he charged, ‘has not read his own bill.’”