I found this post at Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) strangely encouraging:
“Donald Trump’s meeting Tuesday with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer may go a long way toward determining whether the government enters a partial shutdown before Christmas.
“But as Democrats seriously re-engage with Trump for the first time in nearly a year, their broad distrust of the president has expectations for a deal at rock bottom.”
Now, that might seem like a strange premise to encourage oneself, but one reads-on:
“We’ve had limited success in dealing with this president,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “His word isn’t good. Within 48 hours he reverses himself. It’s very difficult to enter into a long-term agreement.”
“The House and Senate Democratic leaders have been here before. Multiple times over the past two years they thought they’d cut a deal with Trump only to see him swiftly trash “Chuck and Nancy” and demand hefty conservative concessions.”
So, the Dims maybe finally are NOT going to offer everything for a belly rub from the fat fascist?
“Previously, they offered as much as $25 billion for Trump’s border wall in exchange for protecting 1.7 million young undocumented immigrants from deportation. That’s no longer on the table.”
No longer on the table. That’s starting to sound like an opposition party!
Can it be that the Dims found their vestigial spines at last? That said, Chuck Schumer, who would fold if he had a Royal Flush, wants to give Trump $1.6 billion for border fencing, which is totally not a wall. (Cough MF-er Cough)
But I digress
“Pelosi is working to win over 218 Democratic votes for her speaker bid and can’t afford to alienate an emboldened left wing of her caucus. Schumer, too, is trying to brush off criticisms over his negotiating record from liberals who think he shouldn’t give the president any spending at all on a border barrier, even as Congress provided more than a billion dollars last year…
“In some ways, Pelosi is negotiating with Trump as much as she is with her own caucus. The California Democrat is just weeks away from clinching the speaker’s gavel for the second time but is currently short of the votes.
“Pelosi knows she can’t be perceived by her caucus as acquiescing to Trump. That could anger many of the Democrats she’s counting on to deliver her the speakership, a group that includes incoming freshmen who want to abolish some immigration enforcement programs entirely.”
Snotty as usual from TBotP for why the Dim Leaders are moving about with some confidence but regardless, I’ll gladly take it. We’ve seen too many times what happens when the Dims negotiate with Republicans who do not negotiate in good faith. Maybe it takes getting nudged from the Left to move the damn party back to principles, and it is a good thing.