My advice to co-workers in a dysfunctional organization where I worked recently was always “don’t go to Stupidland” – by which I meant that you shouldn’t accept an alternate, delusional reality just because the boss and his enablers are pounding the table and saying that up is down and black is white. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what just happened.
First, Trump shut down the government to get the wall that his own party (and Mexico) wouldn’t give him for two years. Things go by so fast in the Trump reign, and the press is so busy following the latest tweet, that this fact hasn’t been seared into the public mind the way it should be. The Democrat that I’ll support for President will make this point as part of their case against Trump, because it makes Trump look weak.
Second, Trump got his ass handed to him on the shutdown, because he didn’t get the wall (or really any concessions) by doing it. He was also shut out of the negotiations that led to the bill that the Senate just passed. Again, he looks weak, because he is.
Third, everybody knows that the declaration of emergency is pure, unadulterated wankery. Ann Coulter is already tweeting that out and the rest of the wall Nazis will follow, as they did when they stomped their feet hard enough to make Trump shut down the government. It will be tied up in the courts until the end of Trump’s term, if he makes it to 2020. I agree that it is yet another assault on our institutions, but I think we’ll weather it because not even Trump thinks it will work. It’s purely for face saving, and after Trump issues it, he’ll make noise about something else in hopes that we will all forget that he has no clothes.
This is a win for the Democrats, and for the country. Coulter and her ilk told Trump that it would be OK if he put his hand on the hot stove, so little Donny did it. And he got burned. If I know anything about narcissists, and sadly I do, Trump will think long and hard before he blindly follows the Coulterites into more wall-related stupidity. He’s going to find something else to gin up the hate of the rubes who follow him, but he wants to put this in the rear view mirror.