Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us that
“Hell is empty. And all the devils are here.”:
The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is back in town. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) go to the White House tomorrow to try to begin untangling the mess of issues on Washington’s calendar this month:
- funding the government
- stabilizing Obamacare
- renewing a children’s health program
- hashing out a plan to prevent hundreds of thousands of people from deportation
- boosting border security
- busting spending caps
- potentially lifting the debt limit
Now that amply be-chinned Mitch has used up the Senate reconciliation rules, he is going to need the Dims in the Senate to get anything done. And while he and ZEGS Ryan are truly world-class assholes, in an election year—the 2018 Pie Fight—they (probably?) are loathe to shut down the gubmint on their watch.
Ryan and McConnell don’t give a rat’s patootie about items 2, 4, 6, or 7. They know that #3 is popular with voters, and would fund it anyway. Numbers 2 & 4 are not bugs, those are features for their base and/or donors.
So here’s the Quatloo wager: Republicans will try negotiate items #1 & #5 by agreeing to fund item #3. The Dims, of course, will be rolled.
Anyway, 2, 4, 6, and 7 will not be part of any hostage taking negotiation. I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect I’m right.
Note: if Comrade Stupid’s wall is part of #5, then I think that we head to a shut down.