Axios morning email thingie gives us the thumbnail sketch of the shut-down (enigmatic emboldening and bullet points theirs; I’m tired of trying to fix their crap):
“Republican leaders gave up hope [yesterday] of reopening the government before the new year, leaving the border wall impasse to House Democrats as they assume the majority next week,” the N.Y. Times’ Nicholas Fandos and Catie Edmondson report.
- “House Democrats, who take control on Wednesday, are weighing three approaches to getting funds flowing, none of which would include additional money for President Trump’s proposed wall along the southwestern border.”
Democratic leaders “said they would vote promptly on Jan. 3, hoping to project the image of Democrats as a steadying hand in Washington.”
- Speaker-designate Pelosi: “We will vote swiftly to reopen government and show that Democrats will govern responsibly in stark contrast to this chaotic White House.”
P.S. More Americans blame President Trump (47%) than congressional Democrats (33%) for the shutdown, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
About that Reuters poll, it shows that 47% of Americans blames Prznint Stupid for the shutdown, while 33% blame the Democrats. That’s awfully close to Comrade Trump’s base of support from Possum Hollar, innit?
Anyway, here’ the Numbers That Matter!
Only 35% wants $5 billion for Hair Füror’s wall in the bill, and only 25% support shutting down the gubmint.
So even amongst Possum Hollar, less than a third of Wingnuts don’t approve of shutting down the gubmint.
Here’s the MPS prediction: amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell doesn’t want the stink of this on him. Whatever the House does, he’s gonna pass it on to Prznint Stupid and run for cover. His best move is to make it unambiguously clear that this is Comrade Stupid’s shut down.
So what are the 3 options, you ask, to which Axios alludes in their email thingie? Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie provides us with answers:
OPTION 1) Pass a full-year CR for the portion of the government that’s shut. That would keep all government agencies at their current funding levels. OPTION 2) Pass a six-bill package, and a CR for Homeland Security until September. This would boost some government agencies’ money, but would keep DHS at its current levels. OPTION 3) Pass the stopgap that the Senate passed, which would fund all government agencies through Feb. 8 at their current levels.
EACH ONE OF THOSE OPTIONS would result in President Donald Trump getting $1.3 billion for border security. No wall. Not $1.6 billion. No slush fund. Nada.
Anyway, expect nothing to happen until January 3 when the Democrats are installed in office, and then we’ll know who is feed crow to the Russian Usurper.
UPDATE 1 From Tiger Beat – further down the newsletter:
A SMART REPUBLICAN HILL HAND MAKES THIS POINT: TRUMP can not get out of here without folding in some way, since he won’t be getting the $5 billion he’s asking for. Why isn’t he folding before the Dem majority takes over, and before it seems like he’s folding to Pelosi?