Shutdown, Day 10

Comrad Stupid Signs Papers As Empty As His Head

With 25% of the gubmint shut down, Prznint Stupid is increasingly isolated in his demand for $5 billion for a border wall and his demented, insane, and disgusting tweet that the deaths of two child migrants in U.S. custody was the result of the Democrats not giving him the cheddar to build his racist monument to himself.

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie leads with “Six Smart Thoughts on the Stupid Shutdown” – as always, enigmatic emboldening is theirs:

1) House GOP hardliners don’t have an end game strategy. The Freedom Caucus types know how to start a fight, but they don’t know how to end one. This feels like the 2013 government shutdown for House GOP hardliners all over again, except this time Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won’t bail them out. There aren’t many good options here since there’s no clear bailout opportunity, or backroom dealmakers who can talk this out in private.

2) Few Republicans are breaking with Trump. The shutdown won’t end until that happens. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some noise on Sunday, but it was just Graham freelancing. Rs are sticking with Trump so far, especially McConnell. Dems are counting on R senators who are up for re-election in 2020 (Cory Gardner, Thom Tillis, Susan Collins) to pressure McConnell to put a stop to this. So far, it hasn’t happened. Congress hasn’t been in session, either, which makes this the strangest shutdown ever. That changes later this week when the press begins to hound rank-and-file lawmakers and leadership to find a solution.

3) Trump’s threat to shut down the border feels like a bluff, according to top GOP and Democratic sources. Even Republicans say that in private. It’s a “nuclear bomb” that will do serious damage to the U.S. economy and shock Wall Street. No one believes Trump will go that far, even though White House aides continue to study the issue.

4) What we have here is a failure to communicate. In this age of hyper-partisanship, all anyone cares about is messaging to their own side. That makes it harder for lawmakers to work across the aisle.

#4 is of course the razorblade in the apple: BOTH SIDES! They had to do it, they couldn’t help themselves.

5) Trump and GOP leaders have misjudged how much ‘The Wall’ has become a moral issue for Democrats. The president is counting on pressuring Dems — via the government employee unions — to get the anti-wall activists to back down. But for Dems, rejecting the wall has become a rejection of all that is Trumpism. Stop the wall, the thinking goes, and you stop Trump — even if he is still president.

6) Trump will actually have to lead us out of this morass. Dems don’t trust him; Republicans don’t totally trust him either. He will have to put an offer directly to Pelosi and Schumer — then back it up publicly — for anyone to even start negotiating. Nobody else can do it — not Mike Pence, not Mick Mulvaney, not Jared Kushner. It has to be Trump.

We can argue about the smartness (or not) of these thoughts, but it is startling to me that they only had one BOTH SIDES!!1! moment. This really shows me that even inside the Village, even the Villagers know that the Republicans own this, lock, stock, and pork barrel.

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8 Responses to Shutdown, Day 10

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    I think about the only way Preznit Stupidpants could shut down the Mexican border would be to declare war on Mexico, which I wouldn’t put past him at this point. He could also declare a National Emergency, stopping short of declaring Martial Law, or he could claim it’s in “the interest of Nat’l. Security.”
    And I’m wagering a few Quatloos that right now, he’s consulting with his top Nazi advisers, err, I mean Bolton, Miller et. al., to try to discern which is the path of least resistance. Or what they can get Pelosi & Schumer to swallow, (nothing larger than a hemp seed, I imagine), or how to get his base to accept defeat, um, I mean a strategic withdrawal.

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  2. 9thousandfeet says:

    Few Republicans are breaking with Trump. The shutdown won’t end until that happens. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some noise on Sunday, but it was just Graham freelancing. Rs are sticking with Trump so far, especially McConnell.

    That observation, alone, could have been the entire article. The rest is really just filler.
    Everything hinges on that single observation, and until Trump’s hypnotic hold on the vast majority of the GOP voter base is broken, the GOP will remain, as I have repeated to the point that even I’m sick of hearing it, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump Inc.

    McConnell—and from here on out it’s going to be all about McConnell because it’s going to be all about the Senate, and that’s because the Senate is the GOP’s ace-in-the-hole for the ongoing court-packing as well as a backstop against successful impeachment —knows that any attempt to seriously break with Trump before Possum Holler bails out on him will fatally fracture the party beyond repair.

    One more successful nomination of a Kavanaugh clone to the SCOTUS and this whole coup can be declared a success, because, since as a practical matter on any given day Constitution means no more or no less than what the SCOTUS says it means, the functional architecture of the law in this republic will be transformed for a couple of generations, and that’s been a substantial part of the plan all along. Since even before Pat Robertson publicly outlined that very strategy all those years ago back when he won the Iowa straw poll during his theocratic presidential run for the nomination.
    I’d like to see some signs that the Dems understand this very real threat, and that they are committed to preventing it from happening by whatever means are necessary.

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    • tengrain says:

      9K –

      My only quibble on your comment is that Trump is not the owner of the GOP, he is the product of the GOP, and frankly that’s worse. They won’t break with him because they are him.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • 9thousandfeet says:

        OK, that’s fair enough.
        But if they could shitcan him without bringing on a party schism, I think they’d sure do it lickety-split so as to replace him with someone equally odious but with more efficient political skills.
        Like Pence, say.

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    • MDavis says:

      At this point, the best shot at re-balancing the SC would be impeachment of the worst actors. Thomas seems the best start. He is on record falsifying his financial reporting documents and staying on cases he should have recused himself from, since his wife’s high paying job could have been affected by the outcome. If I get the procedure, there is no point in starting this process while McConnel’s minions still control the Senate – nor is there much hope of successfully impeaching McConnel for his own financial fuckery.

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  3. that’s been a substantial part of the plan all along. Since even before Pat Robertson publicly outlined that very strategy all those years ago back when he won the Iowa straw poll during his theocratic presidential run for the nomination.

    Honestly, they’ve been fighting this battle since 1932, when that vile Class Traitor FDR got elected and ruined the country.

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