Per White House spokesman @hogangidley45 on AF1, Trump is NOT ruling out a pre-election government shutdown over immigration:
"He said whether a shutdown happens before or after the elections his focus is getting the problem fixed. It's been a 40-year problem in the making."
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 31, 2018
Good news for us Democrats, because there would be nothing like a government shutdown to remind those cherished “independent” and “low info” voters exactly which party was responsible for the current mess.
Let’s remember that Donald Trump is no better a politician than he is a businessman, a father, a husband, or a human being. Even with Citizens United, the entire venal weight of the Republican Party, extensive Russian interference, and America’s long foundational history of racism, misogny, and xenophobia, he still got 3 million fewer votes than his Democratic opponent. Some snark from Jon Chait in NYMag:
President Trump has picked a slogan for his reelection campaign, reports Gabriel Sherman, and it is: “Keep America Great.” Trump stands a reasonably strong chance to win reelection, because every president stands a reasonably strong chance to win reelection. Incumbents usually win a second term unless they’re experiencing a recession or losing a war. But by the standards of reelection campaigns, Trump’s is anemic…
Trump, reports Sherman, “has increasingly turned to a shadow political operation” to advise him on campaign strategy, including Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie, Jason Miller; Sebastian Gorka; Breitbart Washington editor Matthew Boyle; and Sam Nunberg. This collection of talent would be well qualified and even impressive for a task like gathering for a weekend of video-gaming and Doritos. It is not the caliber of strategic minds you want running a campaign for any office higher than president of a local Confederate Civil War reenactors club.
This collection of angry and marginally employable hangers-on has some prestige because they allegedly, and perhaps in reality, retain some mystical connection to the Trump base. But here is a case where the media’s fixation with interpreting that base — in part because Trump won, in part because his supporters remain exotic and fascinating to consumers of liberal media, and in part because the white working class enjoys the broad presumption of representing “real” America — has created a general blindness to the president’s vulnerabilities…
The current 2020 buzz is, of course, largely intended to keep Trump from imploding before the 2018 midterms — and, secondarily, to discourage Democrats into apathy. If we can focus on getting our own voters to the polls in November, then we can look forward to watching the Fall of the House of Unsure…
I just watched both of Sarah Palin's primary mentors/babysitters on MSNBC pondering the mystery of How We Got Here.
Karma is a helluva comedian.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) August 1, 2018
Trump is doing a total of three rallies this week. Florida last night. Ohio and Pennsylvania coming up.
Reminder: Trump does rallies when he feels particularly terrible. He's trying to feel the bucket with no bottom that is his entirely absent self-esteem.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 1, 2018
I know we're used to it now, it's really astonishing how absolutely, transparently guilty Trump has acted at every turn.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 1, 2018
He's just a jittery collection of guilty tells in a baggy suit now.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 1, 2018
I’m good with these two sealing a murder/suicide pact –
Trump called Rush Limbaugh’s radio show this afternoon to congratulate him on 30th anniversary.
Trump: “So I just want to congratulate you — 30 years. And just do it for another 30 years, after that you can take it easy, ok?”
Rush: “I will stay around just as long as you do.”
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 1, 2018