Pelosi/Schumer's next move is to obviously highlight this is the only bill to have majority support in both houses of the new Congress. https://t.co/mb3gw8TXnX
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) January 24, 2019
Losing the battle AND the war. Fox News poll finds Trump at -10 on the issue of 'border security.' This follows Quinnipiac poll than showed Ds ahead of Trump on border security by 7 pts. https://t.co/R0ObcKhM1z
— amy walter (@amyewalter) January 24, 2019
Pelosi to reporters: "Down payment" is a non starter. Has no idea what he wants. "I don't think he knows what he wants."
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) January 24, 2019
Slight correction to this quote: "I don't know if he knows what he's talking about."
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) January 24, 2019
True, Trump could do something unprecedented like declaring a national emergency, but that would require political courage. And Donald J. Trump is a coward. He has always been a coward, and will go to his (probably secret & unmarked) grave a coward. The lavish tongue-baths from the racists and traitors surrounding him can prop up his ego long enough for him to make a big noise in front of the cameras, but Speaker Pelosi has let it be known that she’s got his financial balls in a vise, to use the kind of metaphor he prefers.
From Bloomberg, news for Masters of the Financial Universe, “Trump Just Lost His Leverage for Building a Wall”:
President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to realize it, but his claim to any leverage on the shutdown is officially dead after two Senate votes on reopening the government failed Thursday afternoon. The question now: Will Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans let him twist in the wind, bleeding away support little by little while the nation continues to suffer the consequences of the closure? Or will they finally move to end this fiasco?
First, here’s what the Senate did. Neither Trump’s plan nor the Democratic alternative reached the 60 votes needed to defeat filibusters. But two Republicans — Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Utah’s Mike Lee — opposed Trump’s bill; only one Democrat, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, voted for it. With one absent Democrat and two missing Republicans, that meant a narrow 50-to-47 margin. The point of Trump’s proposal was supposedly to demonstrate that he could pick off enough Democrats by floating a measure labeled as a compromise. However, since the plan added restrictions on asylum and on Temporary Protected Status, and offered very limited protections, there was very little to tempt Democrats who may have wanted a deal. Instead, the vote demonstrated only that there is no easy bargain to be made on Trump’s terms. Giving Democrats very little — enough to bring over just one vote — cost Trump two Republican votes.
Meanwhile, the Democrats’ clean funding bill to reopen the government while negotiations continue on border safety, a bill that had passed the House easily, did well in the Senate as six Republicans joined every Democrat to get a 52-to-44 margin. That’s far short of 60. But it’s a solid majority, and a bigger one than Trump’s bill got, despite the Republican’s 53-47 majority in the chamber…
… Trump’s belief that an extended shutdown would somehow force Democrats to give in to him was always a poor gamble. At this point, there’s really no reason for Democrats to back down and multiple reasons for Republicans to find a way out (public opinion blaming Trump and his party for the shutdown, the president’s approval ratings dropping, and far more Democratic unity in Congress)…
It’s still not clear what McConnell and Senate Republicans want. Maybe this was all a set-up to demonstrate to Trump how bad his position is. It’s also possible, however, that the purpose of Thursday’s floor action was merely to give everyone a chance to cast votes they wanted to cast while leaving everything else untouched. Or it could be some combination of both. We don’t know whether Republican senators behind the scenes are urging McConnell to hang tough — or looking for an exit…
Democrats have said from the beginning that they’re still willing to bargain over border security once the government is fully operating. They’re apparently putting together a proposal to spend roughly as much money as Trump asked for to fund the wall — about $5.5 billion this year — but to pay for what they want, such as “smart” technology and funding for the overall immigration system rather than physical barriers. The votes Thursday reduce the pressure on Democrats to come up with a viable alternative, and increase pressure on Senate Republicans to find a way out. Trump just doesn’t have the votes to get what he wants, even though he (now barely) has the votes to keep the longest partial shutdown in U.S. history going.
Message to Donny, once he has someone read it to him: Mitch and his Republican cronies are using you for a catspaw. They’re letting you take the heat for an unwinnable battle.
Why is Trump so careful of Pelosi? In October, she told @sfchronicle that demanding Trump returns would be "one of first things we do" https://t.co/P6qD1ZbLtx She hasnt yet though. Trump can see the brass knuckles on the table in front of her – and must worry when they'll be used
— David Frum (@davidfrum) January 24, 2019
Speaking of re-evaluating widespread political assumptions, "Ha ha ha, the crushing unpopularity of Nancy Pelosi will save the GOP!" has reaaaaaally taken a hit the last few months
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 23, 2019