Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie reminds us that there are only 14 days (today included) left to pass a bill before the gubmint goes broke:
If you talk to top Republicans privately, they’ll brush it off, and say that there is no way PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will want a confrontation roughly a month before the election in order to get money for his border wall. A down payment to continue to build the wall will be enough to keep Trump happy, some top Republicans say.
IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH IMAGINATION to see the president unhappy with a small pot of money for his signature wall. If the right goes crazy, saying Congress isn’t backing the president’s top immigration proposal, the president might get riled up. Remember: last time the president threatened to veto a spending bill his own staff had a hand in negotiating. Republicans will also be on the brink of electing new congressional leaders, which adds another complication into the mix. There isn’t much room for error, as you can see. And the president and his advisers believe that his immigration policy is a net positive for Republicans across the country.
OF COURSE, the uncomfortable reality for Republicans is that they will almost certainly need Democratic votes to get a government-funding bill across the finish line. And there are a healthy number of Democrats who don’t want Trump to have any money for his border wall.
MOST LIKELY at this point: Congress will try to use September to pass a stop-gap measure to fund government until the end of 2018.
Anyone banking on Prznint Stupid to not be stupid is stupid. Of course he’ll veto anything that doesn’t have complete funding for his stupid wall right before the elections: it will make his bug-eff crazy base go non-linear and they will dash to the polls. For Comrade Trump, there is no downside to stirring up the ant hill.