It’s gonna be a long one, folks, because the calendar and human nature (well, American) is going against a solution:
- Today and Sunday are weekend days
- Monday and Tuesday are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday many employees will have taken as vacation days
- Rinse and repeat for the following week
And of course, most of the members of Congress have already headed
home for the holidays to the warm and loving embrace of their donors, and you know what? A lot of Representatives got You’re Fired’ed by We the People, and they ain’t coming back for a symbolic vote.
So every day between now and January 3 is either a holiday or a weekend, and many of the remainder are days that white collar workers who can take them, do take them as vacation days. Then, on January 3, the new congressional term will start.
At that moment the existing House bill with $5 billion for a wall dies (as bills do not survive beyond the Congress that passed them), and Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the first national counterweight Comrade President Stupid has had since he was inaugurated two, long, years ago.
Interesting side note that I think Greg Sargent (from the Plum Line) made last night on Twitter about how Republicans and Democrats react differently to pressure from the press and their bases (I won’t embed the whole thread, but you should click it and read):
1) In an extraordinary act of capitulation, House Republicans passed $5 billion for Trump’s wall, after signaling that they knew the wall is an absurd nonstarter.
Why are Republicans so beholden to the extreme right, while Dems so often shrug off pressure from left?
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 21, 2018
Also at play is the old reality distortion field. Because Comrade Stupid lives in a feedback loop with Fox News, he thinks that he is winning as long as they say he is winning. And Possum Hollar believes it too. It’s why the Russian Usurper whip-snapped into reverse when he saw that The Rapey-Looking Dumb One on Petunia and Pals was turning on him. And it is why known liar Elmira Gantry Huckabee-Sanders says (and maybe believes?) that all Americans want the Tortilla Curtain built (the polling numbers do not support her belief).