Claim Chowder, Shut-Down Style

Trump enthusiast tests walls.

You may recall that MPS posted a little brutal truth yesterday:

Let’s twig through the many ways that this could go wrong!

  1. Mitch keeps his word (hahahaha, I jest!) and holds a vote.

  2. If the bill passed, would Zombie-eyed Granny-Starver Paul Ryan bring it up for a vote in the House? (No, this is what happened before when Rubio got burned.)

  3. If ZEGS does bring the immigration bill to a vote in the House, would the House Freedom Caucus kill it? (Hint: YES.)

  4. If an immigration bill should make it through Congress, would Comrade Racist veto it? (Hint: Possum Hollar must be appeased at all costs.)

…and as if on cue, this morning Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us we are right:

Good Tuesday morning. As the Senate was voting yesterday, we headed up to the third floor of the capitol to sit down with HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE (R-LA.). Scalise was recently discharged from the hospital, where he had another post-shooting surgery. Monday was his first day back in the Capitol.

SCALISE was in good spirits. He was sharp — especially considering he had surgery less than two weeks ago. He had a few thoughts about the immigration debate… Keep this in mind: Scalise — and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry of North Carolina — interact with every single House Republican. They know the mood of the conference as well as anyone.

SCALISE told us the House doesn’t feel at all bound by SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL’S (R-KY) agreement with Senate Democrats to consider immigration legislation by Feb. 8. “March is really the timeline. … The House wasn’t part of that deal.”

We asked SCALISE if Graham-Durbin — the bipartisan immigration deal du jour — stands a chance, and he said “not in the House.” “It’s good for everybody to put their ideas on paper but ultimately there are things that can and cannot pass in the House. And we have to work through those details and we’re working through them.”

SCALISE said he thought it would “excite our base” if they get a big immigration deal. But he said bluntly: “We’re not going to pass a bill that has amnesty. There are things that would anger our base that I don’t see us passing in the House.”

WELL, that deal was cute while it lasted. If the House doesn’t feel at all bound by the deal cut in the Senate, this whole three-day shutdown was for absolutely naught. YES, THERE APPEARS TO BE a bipartisan kumbaya in the Senate. But in the House, there’s a different tune being sung.

The GOP didn’t get much beyond an agreement to reopen the government, and no funding for Comrade Racists’ Last Monument To The Confederacy (the Wall).

I’m not saying that the CHIP deal is insignificant, but I am saying that the Dreamers are screwed:

  1. Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell is a man without honor. Ask Susan Collins about his promise to hold a vote on stabilizing the ACA (as promised during the Billions for Billionaires drama) or others.
  2. Zombie-eyed Granny Starver Paul Ryan is a sociopath. He’s not going to lift a finger to bring to the floor a bill that will not pass the House (the Hastert Rule); he needs his entire caucus to destroy the Social Safety Net, his life’s work.
  3. The so-called Freedom Caucus is already working on their own immigration bill that is every wet dream a racist could want, including that the Dreamers get deported if they lose their jobs.
  4. Comrade Racist will not sign anything that would upset Possum Hollar.


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6 Responses to Claim Chowder, Shut-Down Style

  1. ming says:

    There’s not a lot of joy to be had about being right on this one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • tengrain says:

      I know.
      I got (lightly) raked over the coals yesterday in a Twitter chat room for being negative about the no-deal. I still do not see a thing that has changed to make this some sort of 11-dimensional chess.




  2. One of the ironies being that Ryan will invoke the “Hastert Rule”, named after a convicted molester of innocent children, to kill legislation that would help the Dreamers, who were innocent children when they came to this country.

    Liked by 1 person

    • tengrain says:

      Hackwhacker –

      And need I mention that this is the same scenario that forced Boehner out? As others have said, Ryan allegedly wants to quit his job anyway, but until he actually resigns, I don’t think he’s going to risk it.

      Besides, he sees this as his best chance to destroy the social safety net, and let’s face it: that is his only goal in life.




  3. roket says:

    If you want an immigration bill, a jobs bill or an infrastructure bill, you’re just going to have to wait until the Democrats are in charge.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. RWW says:

    Shutdown Two 2018 Electric Bugaloo, is very coming soon. All Schumer and the Dems need to do is NOT FILIBUSTER and let the rest fall into place. This is what they should have done the first time around. “We’re just 49 votes, we didn’t stop anything”


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