Axios morning email points out…
- Trump in Corpus Christi at 12:05 p.m. CDT: ” We won’t say congratulations. We don’t want to do that. We don’t want to congratulate. We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished.”
- Trump in Austin at 3:19 p.m. CDT: “So to the two of you in particular, I want to say congratulations.”
We have a new Kobayashi Maru un-winnable scenario for Comrade Preznint Stupid by the end of September:
- Break a key campaign promise and effectively concede that there will be no wall
- Shut down the government, including FEMA’s work helping Texas and Louisiana recover from the storm
The banksters are now bookies (Axios):
Citing the Harvey catastrophe, Goldman Sachs Economics Research lowers the “probability of a shutdown in early October [to] 35%, down from our prior view of 50% … Allowing a partial government shutdown when federal relief efforts are underway would pose greater political risks than under normal circumstances, raising the probability that lawmakers will find a way to resolve disagreements.”
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us:
SMART MONEY IS ON — NO SHUTDOWN IN SEPT., BUT POSSIBLE IN DECEMBER. The thinking is this will put off the shutdown debate until the last month of the year. Capitol Hill will be far more interested in figuring out how to get America’s fourth-largest city out from underwater than in building a border wall, multiple sources told us. It’s unclear whether President Donald Trump will force the issue.
We are reminded again of the MPS guiding principle dealing with the Orange Menace: Trump’s Razor: Ascertain the stupidest possible scenario that can be reconciled with the available facts and that answer is likely correct.
We therefor are predicting a shut down in early October.