Congratulations to Comrade Stupid: he has now manufactured the longest gubment shut-down in US history, and negotiations have stopped and don’t look to be starting up again anytime soon. Federal workers have missed their first payday yesterday, and the House and Senate have gone home for the weekend.
So far, 12 House Republicans have defied the Russian Usurper and voted for the bills to reopen parts of the government. Republican Senators on record as wanting to end it include Murkowski, Collins, Gardner.Adding these three Senators to the total number of Democrats brings the it to an even 50-50 split (with Mike Pence as the tie breaker); we need one more Republican to throw in the towel and Mitch McConnell to allow a vote.
As Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie put it:
— WHEN MITCH MCCONNELL IS ON THE SIDELINES, NOTHING HAPPENS … This is a statement based on a small sample size, but MCCONNELL is not involved in ending this standoff, and it’s now the longest shutdown ever. He’s not the key, but he’s a key.
Axios has a really cool interactive, data visualization map that shows the distribution of furloughed/unpaid federal employees by state, and there’s an interesting twist to it: Trump’s hard line over wall funding could end up hurting some of the people who put him into office (weird formatting is theirs):
Rural Western states that voted for President Trump are disproportionately affected by the government shutdown, which today sets a record as the longest in U.S. history, since federal workers there make up a large share of the workforce.
The big picture: Out of the 10 states with the most affected federal employees per 10,000, six voted for Trump — Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho and West Virginia.
In other words, Possum Hollar is once again hurting themselves. Remember, those federal workers without a paycheck are not spending money in their own communities, so there is a down-stream impact. Gomer might not be laid off, but his best customers are.