Let’s begin with one last round of football-spiking over Democrats getting drubbed in a pointless government shutdown fight they foolishly picked with Republicans last week. They obviously believed they’d win by default, given the perennial — and often correct — perception that any and all shutdowns are blamed on the the government-skeptical party. But the polling turned out to be mixed, at best, for Shutdown Chuck and his cohorts, leading to a near-universal verdict following their capitulation: Democrats lost. There’s one extra-tasty morsel in this montage, which comes around the (1:22) mark. I’d tell you who it features in advance, but don’t want to ruin the surprise. Via the Free Beacon:
I guess Schumer didn’t have a chance to write or vet the script that night; perhaps he was taking the evening off to deal with the left-wing protesters picketing his home in New York (which, to borrow a hot lefty phrase these days, is not normal). In the end, a number of polls showed most Americans blaming Trump and the GOP (combined) more than Democrats, but there was also pretty lopsided opposition to shutting the government down over immigration. Plus, voters in states where Democrats are trying to protect vulnerable Senate incumbents this year were significantly more inclined to (correctly) point the finger at the Democratic Party for their filibuster against a majority-supported government funding bill. So the strategy, if you can call it that, was unsustainable from the start. In his post-loss spin, Schumer has tried to argue that the 69-hour impasse somehow improved the chances for a DACA deal to help the DREAMers. That’s ridiculous. His stunt temporarily derailed those ongoing talks by forcing a hyper-partisan showdown over the separate issue of keeping the government open, all while embracing “hostage taking” tactics that he’d previously assailed as sowing “governmental chaos.” Well played.
And now that the hard Left is hopping mad at Senate Democratic leadership, their capacity to agree to a DREAM Act compromise that is actually reasonable and fair is diminished. Anything that the base might view as a painful concession to Trump in a final agreement risks fueling the fury that was generated by Schumer’s shutdown miscalculation. A self-inflicted wound. That’s clearly why the Senate Minority Leader felt compelled to ostentatiously pull funding for Trump’s border wall off the bargaining table. The problem with doing so, of course, is that the genie is out of the bottle. Schumer and other Congressional lefties have already offered that concession, so it’s not going away. It’s the new baseline for the remaining rounds of negotiations. Democrats can no longer claim that full funding for the border wall is an unreasonable demand from the White House because Schumer already explicitly and proactively put it out there as something he could live with. And I do mean full funding, too. Wow:
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation…Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said Schumer had promised $25 billion for the wall and other border security measures, though not all of that would have been immediate funding. He called Schumer’s withdrawal of the offer “a step backward.”
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