A Colorado Democrat erupted into an embarrassing, screaming meltdown on the House floor over immigration reform Wednesday night, making for an interesting visit for gallery spectators but probably not winning over many converts where it counts – among his fellow lawmakers.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis lost his cool when acting speaker Rep. Jackie Walorski reminded members of the House rule against addressing the visitors’ gallery.
“Madam Speaker, the gentle people in the gallery … would not have to be in the gallery … advocating if this House simply took up the bill,” Polis said. “Do you think they want to be spending their time here, Madam Speaker? Is that what you think?”
“And you’re saying we’re addressing them, and that’s what you’re upset about Madam Speaker?” Polis said sarcastically, sounding like a teenager mouthing off to mom.
His voice rising, Polis continued to berate Walorski, who was, after all, just trying to maintain a sense of decorum during House activities.
“I want you, Madam Speaker, to address the reason that they are here! They are here because our government is tearing apart their families, Madam Speaker!”
Polis’ rant continued — and Walorski was forced to gavel him into order — as he described the bill passed by the Senate over the summer, and its companion bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., as a bill that reflects our “values as Americans,” “a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws,” that “creates jobs for Americans, one that reduces our deficit by over 200 billion dollars, secures our borders, prevents terrorists from entering the country …”
First of all, if it did all of that, Democrats wouldn’t be voting for it, much less having tantrums about it. They couldn’t be able to get beyond that “secure borders” part without wondering how it would play to La Raza. And that terrorist stuff couldn’t pass the CAIR caucus no how. As far as creating jobs for Americans, anyone looking at the record since 2008 would know how high that was on Dem priorities.
Second, even if the bill itself were fabulously unobjectionable, it would still depend on a president to enforce the laws it contained. That’s something President Obama has shown such utter fecklessness about – whether it’s his a la carte approach to Obamacare or using executive orders to rewrite the immigration laws the country already has –Republicans would be fools to vote on blind trust alone.
Juvenile Democratic screaming fits and imperious presidents notwithstanding, the United States remains a nation of laws.
Rep. Polis’s holding his breath and stamping his feet isn’t going to change that – as long as Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives.
Check out the video of Polis’s embarrassing outburst here.