Let's get real here. When it comes to cheerleading for the Democrats, CNN could crush every opposing team's spirit, win a national competition and then score the lead role in Bring It On 3: Showdown in DC. So when they sound the warning that Chucky Schumer might be overplaying his hand by shutting down the government over DACA, it just might be time for his caucus to pay attention:
Although Democrats appear to have the backing of their base in their fight to extend the program allowing some people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, there are some warning signs that going to the carpet to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals may be the wrong move for the minority party.
A majority of Americans, 56%, said approving a budget to avoid a government shutdown was more important for Congress to do than passing a bill to maintain the DACA program. Only one in three Americans, 34%, said they prioritized a DACA fix over avoiding a shutdown.
To be honest, even that 34% of folks who want to go DACA or bust seems a little high to me--kind of like that one dentist out of five who didn't recommend sugarless gum for his patients who chew gum. But that's politics, so whatevs. What I found more interesting from a meat and potatoes standpoint was this tidbit from the poll:
Overall, 8 in 10 Americans said it is extremely or very important for the President and Congress to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program this year, through which lower income children are able to get health insurance even if their parents aren't covered.
That ranks as a higher priority for Americans than DACA overall (a smaller majority of 63% consider dealing with DACA as big a priority), and opens the door to GOP messaging suggesting Democrats are scuttling one popular program with more pressing funding concerns in favor of their pet issue.
Yep, for some reason Schumer thought that using a popular program that provides a material benefit to American citizens as a bargaining chip to force through another program that only benefits people who are in the country illegally would get poll numbers like cute puppies and sliced bread, and now seems shocked, shocked that he may have overestimated the public's sympathy on the issue. Hence the need to try and blame Republicans for the shutdown--even though the continuing resolution to fund the government has enough votes to pass, but is being filibustered by the Democrats.
You can almost see Schumer rubbing his hands together and saying, "Yeah, that's the ticket!"
Only problem is, to pull off that kind of deception, he's going to need the media to go all-in with him--and it doesn't look as if CNN is willing to give him an alibi on this one. The network has done Schumer the courtesy of sending up a flare, but so far the Senate Minority Leader has paid it about as much mind as the skipper of the Californian did to all those rockets fired from the deck of the Titanic.
I guess the question now is whether or not Schumer wants to go down with the ship.