Capitol Hill conservatives are in a tough spot over immigration, as one of their most generous supporters makes the big ask.
This time, he is asking conservatives to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.
In a June 19 opinion piece posted by a Washington-based news site, Adelson wrote that it is time to face reality and move towards amnesty for illegal aliens. First, with granting driver licenses and ability to open back accounts, then with a full-blown path to citizenship.
Adelson is not an ordinary case. Not only did he open his checkbook in the 2012 election cycle for former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney and his challenger for the GOP presidential nomination former speaker Newton L. “Newt” Gingrich—into the millions, but his also became a target for his efforts.
The unofficial Obama government, the mainstream media, attacked him as a right-wing Jabba the Hutt bent on the destruction of the Republic. Then, the official Obama government sent the IRS to audit the chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, a $14-billion-a-year casino conglomerate.
In show business, Adelson would be the “the money.” He is not the talent. At no time would he be writing a script or directing a scene.
In politics, he is a contributor.
There are two kinds of contributors: guys, who want to ply and play the system for their personal gain, and guys, who supports candidates and organizations consistent with their ideals.
Throughout the 2012 election cycle, Adelson was ideals-guy. First, stepping up to buttress the Gingrich campaign, and then, after the party chose Romney, stroking massive checks to fuel that lost cause.
In fact, the whole gaming industry in Las Vegas seemed to back Romney, as demonstrated by one night in May 2012, where the Adelson was joined by fellow billionaires Donald J. Trump and Steve Wynn at a $50,000 a plate dinner that raised $2 million for Romney.
It was unspoken then, but maybe it was understood that Adelson was coming in heavy for reasons other than the survival of America as man’s last best chance on earth.
Perhaps Adelson in 2012 was trying to rig things through the executive branch. Failing that he turned to his friends in Congress, forcing them into a high-wire act or trying to balance a donor’s and maintain faith with the voters.
This high-wire act has its roots in the Wire Act.
Are you familiar with the Wire Act? In their fatal obsession with taking on underworld crime, President John F. Kennedy and his brother then-attorney general Robert F. Kennedy passed the Wire Act of 1961, which banned gambling transactions from wire transmissions, read: phones and telegraphs.
Nowhere does the law have the word: Internet. But, on April 15, 2011, called “Black Friday” in the gambling world, the Justice Department shut down all online poker in the Unites States and seized all the cash it could reach. In case you wondered, that’s why all the poker sites went away.
But, it was not over. As Americans were preparing for Christmas, Justice changed its mind and Virginia Seitz, an assistant attorney general, released Dec. 23, 2011 a new interpretation of the Wire Act that said it did not apply to online poker.
Hardly a stretch for a law written before The Beatles recorded “Love Me Do,” so there we are. Matter settled, until Adelson came a-knocking.
Now that he is a-knocking again, this time to support President Barack Obama’s amnesty agenda, what will Capitol Hill conservatives do?
Conservatives have three reasons to oppose amnesty legislation. First, the comprehension bill, passed by the Senate one year ago, is so full of hidden goodies for liberals and minefields for conservatives, it is better to just ignore it. Second, with the very good chance Republicans win control of the Senate in November, there is no incentive to cut a deal with Democrats now. Finally, the defeat of Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R.-Va.), the man whose office is full of boxes marked “McCarthy,” is a message from the grassroots that amnesty is not what it wants.
Adelson wrote: “Some on the outer fringes of the GOP may disagree, but the truth is we are humans first and partisans second.”
Maybe he betrayed too much in his analysis. You can buy a human’s vote, you can’t buy off a partisan.
Hopefully, conservatives have some partisans left on Capitol Hill.