Why do reporters do this?
“White House staffers tell me President Trump will run to the moon tonight. When I asked how, they said with elan.” https://t.co/vMJSXxZq5p
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 22, 2019
The International House of Pancakes? That's the only house I can think where he could do it.
— Jimminy Crickets! (@DCclone) January 22, 2019
Needy Amin craves his spotlight. He wants a count-down chyron in the corner of the screen, and diversion of normal programming at every single network. He wants to strut down the center aisle while groundlings scrum for selfies with him, to stand at a mighty ceremonial podium with mean old Nancy Pelosi trapped helplessly behind him, while endless rounds of applause echo around the high-ceiling, marble-walled chamber. Campaign rallies are a temporary salve, like narcan for a crack addict, but any two-bit district winner with a sugar daddy can score a political rally, Jeb!. Donny needs the good stuff, the unwilling attention from people he doesn’t even like — it’s the only way he can fill the vast emptiness inside him.
Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, could care less about being on camera. But all those pathetic stories about federal workers skipping meals and worrying about eviction are giving his next primary challenger fresh b-roll for attack ads, and the continuing political prosperity of Mitch McConnell is the one thing he does care about.
Goddess bless Nancy Pelosi for using the “no tv until you
eat your vegetables fund the government” hammer. Thursday’s competing legislative proposals are no doubt, as Charlie Pierce calls them, “shadow puppets on the wall”. But they’re also, hopefully, the overture to restart actual negotiations towards ending this shameless shitshow, per Jim Newell at Slate:
… If enough Republicans join Democrats to pass the short-term bill, President Donald Trump would find on his desk a bill to fund the government without any wall money. That would be a defeat for him, and it would be a sign that Senate Republicans had finally decided their position was untenable. It would be a cave.