Today is the day that Nancy Pelosi will hold a vote to rebuke Prznint Stupid for declaring a national emergency at the border. It is expected to easily be passed by the House and then splat onto amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell’s plate. As it is a Privileged Bill, it must be voted on within 18 days. Ol’ Mitch cannot Garland it, in other words.
What happens in the Senate will be interesting. Usually Senators spot an open mic and bloviate at length way before a vote and take the opportunity to let We the People know where they stand and pick pockets and shake down fat cat donors on this very important issue impacting our Great Stet. Think Grandpa Walnuts making a run for a Green Room to feast on cupcakes before broadcast.
This time not so much. There are no stakeholders (other than Prznint Stupid), and it is not dependent upon a witness lying to them (Hello, Brett Kavanaugh!) to earn their vote. No, this time they either have to say that they are on-board with giving one branch of gubmint nearly unlimited power or they are on-board with pimp-slapping our Stable Genius.
“President Donald Trump is on the verge of a bipartisan rejection of his emergency declaration at the border in what would be an embarrassing rebuke by a Congress opposed to his immigration agenda.
“Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Monday night said he would join Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, along with 47 Senate Democrats to block Trump’s attempts to secure billions for his border wall after lawmakers effectively stiffed him. Now just one more GOP senator’s support for a resolution to block Trump’s bid would send the measure to Trump’s desk and force a veto.”
Walking termite buffet Mike Pence has put on his walking shoes because right now (assuming none of the blue dogs break ranks) it is a tie and he is the tie-breaker.
These are the Senators I’m going to watch (I’m sure there are others):
- Rand Paul (KY) – fake Libertarian, Schrödinger’s Senator. This will be fun.
- Willard (UT) – more because this gives him a chance to return some humiliation.
- Ben Sasse (NE) – who prides himself as an independent thinker before he gets in line to do whatever Trump wants. Also a future Goat Rodeo contender, bank on it!
- Marco Rubio (FL) – a Man of Destiny!
A bipartisan group of 58 former senior national security officials has said “there is no factual basis” for Trump’s emergency declaration. But the big question again is what will happen in the Senate.
Anyone got some spare Quatloos?
UPDATE: Pelosi passed the bill, and it is on to ampy be-chinned Mitch.