Pollster Zogby: Immigration Discharge Petition a 'Game of Chess'

Friday, 28 Mar 2014 04:17 PM

By Lisa Barron

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Veteran pollster John Zogby says he doubts targeted House Republicans will sign an immigration discharge petition on a Democratic-backed immigration bill.

"I would tend to doubt it, however, because there is a fear of the tea party movement itself targeting people who are not part of their agenda and if there's any tilt towards immigration reform by some of these prominent Republicans or something that gives them an out in November, they're going to be ousted by the tea party in their districts and in their state," he told Newsmax TV's J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Friday.

Those Republicans will be in a tough position of deciding which pressure to bow to, Zogby said.

"This is all about wedge issues and also about cover for congressmen to be able to say, 'on the one hand, I said that I was for this, but on the other hand, I was for that.' I don't know that they're going to bow to pressure from the AFL-CIO. I don't know that the strategy on either side is anything but short term and highly targeted. It's a game of chess, is what it is, a game of chess, though, where the pawns have hammers, in this case, the special interest groups," he said.

Zogby said GOP leadership is trying to make sure it maintains establishment support to keep the tea party from offering primary challenges.

"The House of Representatives is fairly safe, unless there's some sort of a wave between now and then that causes a Democratic sweep," he said. "But with that said, Republicans have an internal problem and it's a bitter one. They used to say about the Democrats that when they formed the firing squad, they did it in a circle, and you're seeing that as well on the Republican side.

The final decisions will come down to the demographics of individual districts, Zogby said.

"Ultimately, when I'm running for re-election, it's all about 'who's in my district, who are the most intense voters, is there a reason for any of those voters to come out either to vote against me or my base to not show up and vote at all? And what's the local newspaper going to do? Am I going to wake up every morning and have headlines, headlines, headlines, headlines hammering me, hammering me, hammering me?' Those are the considerations that these guys and gals ultimately have to face."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Giuliani: People Pressuring Jury to Indict Ferguson Cop Should be 'Ashamed'

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 10:49 AM

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says people pushing for an indictment from the grand jury probing the Michael Bro . . .

Lindsey Graham: New Benghazi Report 'Full of Crap'

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 10:34 AM

A House committee's report released Friday that exonerates the CIA, the military and Obama administration officials for  . . .

Obama: Americans Want 'New Car Smell' in 2016

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 10:10 AM

President Barack Obama says he wants a Democrat in the White House in 2016 and is pledging to do everything possible to  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved