I didn’t watch Trump’s address last night, since I assumed that if he said something important, I’d get a news alert soon enough. Trump told media before the speech that he didn’t think the speech would work, and that he didn’t think his trip to the border would work, but his communications staff wanted him to do it. So, as usual when the laziest President of the last century does something he doesn’t really want to do, he phoned in an address of no apparent consequence.
One thing that a lot of the media coverage seems to miss is that a good part of the Republican House and Senate are not overly bothered by the shutdown. They represent the “I hate government” brand, and what better way to show their hatred than by denying salaries to government bureaucrats. At some point, Collins, Gardner and a few others like Murkowski who don’t come from completely retrograde red states will put up enough of a fight to get something through the Senate, but it ain’t gonna be soon.