Rs trying to put distance between Pelosi and Schumer will be one of the big time narratives of 2019 https://t.co/KvhlB0fTGQ
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) December 28, 2018
Trump is going to keep going after Pelosi with Coyote against Road Runner efficacy.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 28, 2018
Among Trump allies and inside the WH there is a growing appetite to keep the shutdown going, in part because they feel it messes up Pelosi’s return to the speakership and overshadows her agenda https://t.co/VYCTwS7CgK
— Sam Stein (@samstein) December 28, 2018
When all you have is a tool, and that tool is your Dear Leader, everything looks ripe to be hammered on…
…“The more the focus is on the wall, the more Pelosi is forced to focus on this fight instead of the investigations,” said one source close to the White House, expressing a sentiment shared with The Daily Beast by three other individuals allied with Trump. “It’s a situation where [Trump] has no choice but to shut it down. It’s the best of the worst choices. It’s really the only choice [because] I think there are people who would vote for him today who might not if he gave in too quickly.”…
On Thursday, Republican leadership all but conceded that they would not be able to pass a funding bill until the next Congress convenes next year. But not everyone in the party universally shares a fight-it-out mindset. Some fear that the president’s open willingness to “proudly” own the shutdown will backfire and others legitimately see geopolitical harm in not having a fully functioning federal government. Inside Trump world, however, people have grown emboldened by the idea that a standoff will prove beneficial politically; or, at least, give Pelosi some early fits…
Today’s GOP: The ‘You Are Not the Boss of Me‘ Party.
Let's be clear. Pelosi is a far, far more competent congressional leader than Schumer is. But there is virtually no *ideological* daylight between them.
If Republicans think they can pit Chuck against Madam Speaker, they are in for a big surprise.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) December 28, 2018
So in other words, Republicans will spend all their time crafting petty political narratives to distract from the fact that they can’t write legislation that solves any actual problems & are utterly incapable of governing. Clearly they learned nothing from the midterms.
— Jess (@jessiwhiteside) December 28, 2018
Yeah, that’ll probably work. It’s not like Pelosi and Schumer know each other. This guy gets his negotiation skills from TV movies.
— Debi McFeron (@McferonDebi) December 28, 2018
The fun part, once Dems take over the House, will be watching Senate Republicans claim the CR that cleared the Senate unanimously just a few days ago is suddenly unacceptable.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) December 28, 2018
Already (not) #WINNING…
$2.5 billion. It was not accepted. https://t.co/XKQYvZMO1N
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) December 28, 2018
Gerry Connolly on CNN says budget negotiations are complicated by members of Congress not knowing who's making the decisions in the Executive Branch: "It's not the Vice President, it's not the Chief of Staff, it's not the OMB Director, and apparently it's not even Trump."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 28, 2018
One of the things about Democrats having some power is that we’ll learn a lot about Trulp and how his White House functions just from Democrats going to the WH for negotiations and then telling the media how nuts it is over there
— Bryan Rice (@bricey16) December 28, 2018