Well, it is not full-on ready to be served, but I think Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie is getting ready to serve us our claim chowder from yesterday, that we are heading for a shutdown:
— HERE IS THEIR CASE FOR WHY REPUBLICANS ARE WELL POSITIONED: Democrats are pushing the GOP to keep a legislative fix for DACA as part of budget negotiations, and in staff-level and member-level talks, they say they want a clean Dream Act passed into law as soon as possible. Republicans say that’s an absolute non-starter — they need some sort of border security money/border wall tied to any immigration legislation. In other words, Democrats and Republicans are at loggerheads.
If you play this out a bit, shutting down the government over an immigration impasse is not popular, Republicans say. Yes, Trump did do away with DACA — which defers deportation for hundreds of thousands of people — but he also has the ability to extend the existing deadline past March. The GOP says they’re willing to give Democrats tens of billions of dollars in additional domestic spending — as part of a caps deal. Republicans are skeptical Democrats will let that all fall apart over DACA.
SARAH FERRIS and JENNIFER SCHOLTES — “Shutdown threat revived as Congress returns”: “Another shutdown showdown looms this month and Congress isn’t even back yet. Happy New Year, Washington. Congressional leaders from both parties will sit down with top White House officials on Wednesday to haggle over the basics of a budget deal they were supposed to settle last spring. And while aides say the talks will stick to spending, a fight over immigration looms along with a host of other thorny policy disputes that will shape the 2018 legislative agenda.
“Ahead of the meeting, there was little sign of conciliation on either side. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Tuesday insisting that Democrats would demand higher domestic spending. President Donald Trump tweeted a broadside at Democrats, saying the party is ‘doing nothing for DACA — just interested in politics.’ That missive came days after Trump egged on Democrats over his plan to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, tweeting that ‘there can be no DACA deal’ without a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — which Democrats have ruled out.” http://politi.co/2DVNnOU
— WAPO: BOB COSTA, DAVID NAKAMURA and ASHLEY PARKER: “‘He’s got a very simple core problem. His base regards DACA … as a sellout,’ said former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally. ‘He personally gets it, and he personally wants to solve it, but he’s got to get something for doing it.’
“During his recent visit to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., Trump spoke at length with members of his inner circle about those concerns, according to three people familiar with the conversations. Trump groused that because Democrats, in his view, were unwilling to work with him on the GOP tax plan that passed last month, he could not expect them to work with him on the dreamers issue, either, and he warned he would be quick to blame them if discussions fell apart, the people said.
“But Trump also expressed hope that he could find a way to persuade some red-state Democrats to support funding for the wall and would keep prodding them throughout January, the people added.” http://wapo.st/2CyiJOk
It’s not so much that our prediction has already happened as it is that MPS’ snarky analysis seems to be on target.
Our second helping: I bet that if the government shutsdown, Comrade Stupid will go golfing again instead of trying to help resolve the issues, especially if Humpty Dumpty doesn’t get his wall.