The Post put up a shut-down clock on the front page, which means we can expect hostage crisis-levels of government shut-down coverage now. The narrative appears to shift with each new set of headlines and hot takes.
If every single Republican in Congress weren’t a slimy, complicit, thieving treason-weasel, it would almost be possible to feel pity for them as they carefully cobble together agreements, only to have Rage Gramps shit all over them because he misunderstood some vapid twit on Fox & Friends or had an ill-timed racism attack.
Brian Beutler over at Crooked Media has a good piece up arguing that it’s now or never for Dreamers:
It’s been months since President Trump voluntarily terminated President Obama’s 2012 deferred action program for childhood arrivals. Every day, more and more DACA recipients are becoming subject to deportation; the protracted nature of this legislative fight has imposed real costs on their communities. Even if you wish away these ancillary harms, the view that Democrats shouldn’t maximize their leverage now is wrong because the alternative isn’t actually available. The choice isn’t between a shutdown fight now and a Dream Act fight later; it’s between the Dream Act now or not at all.
The Republican legislative strategy in the Trump era has leaned heavily on deception and bad faith. In the GOP’s telling, Obamacare repeal wouldn’t kick people off of their health insurance, and their corporate tax cut bonanza was driven by deep concern for middle-class interests.
The GOP position on Dreamers is no different.
He’s right. Trump and the Republicans have lied about everything, and they aren’t negotiating in good faith. It’s now or never for the Dreamers, and the Democrats shouldn’t budge, not one goddamned inch.