Shutdown Monday: We Need a Hero. Enter Trump

The Senate could be hopelessly divided, which doesn't bother Trump. The Hero will give Democrats everything they want.

The Senate adjourned Sunday night with no agreement to end the government shutdown, which affects hundreds of thousands of federal employees, potentially the military, and in many places, nobody at all cares. This is political theater, though, and our president loves theater, especially when he gets to be the hero.

President Trump could have averted the shutdown--he had conservatives and Democrats convinced there was a deal to give Dreamers some form of residency (amnesty) while putting lawmakers on a path for funding the border wall. But in the Oval Office, the man who uttered an unprintable term pulled a bait and switch. He see-sawed so much on the terms of a funding deal that the shutdown was almost unavoidable.

It was unavoidable because Democrats know that no matter what happens, Republicans will be blamed for the shutdown. So they'll extract the maximum pain possible from this. You can easily see it by how the (liberal) media reports on the shutdown. The Washington Post has a literal timer on their home page, counting days, hours, minutes and seconds. So does CNN. Thankfully, MSNBC and Fox have spared us the Kabuki theater of a shutdown clock.

So what will the Hero Trump do? He doesn't want this shutdown around his neck. He'll make a deal. He'll summon the Senate leadership to the Oval Office and promptly give the Democrats what they want: Dreamer amnesty, and he'll say it's in exchange for wall funding. Maybe it will be--on a handshake--but watch Sen. Schumer rush to the press and claim victory, with no mention of a deal to fund the wall.

Of course this is all my predictions, and nobody else's. But I think, given history, and given Trump's natural tendency for heart bleeds on issues where people (not from scatological countries) are being torn from their families, it's how the president will proceed.

Sometime Monday, I predict we'll see the Hero take the stage--probably before noon when the Senate reconvenes. He might even tweet about it.

And Trump will get to be the hero.

The people who depend on Uncle Sam for their paychecks will be (mostly) appreciative. And most of the rest of the country won't care. But as they say in the theater: The show must go on.

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DLC
DLC

johntfs is correct. This is all another Trump joke. He couldn't care less about what goes on, as long as he is the center of attraction and attention. A bigger self serving dolt of a President we have never had, and I thought Obama would be the worst. I was wrong.

MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

You can always look back and criticize anyone about what previously happened, but he did do his part. He didn't do anything worth your continual criticism, though. This was all on the Congress to settle. But blame away. Why don't you and a couple others just go ahead and change to the Democrat Party. It seems that, through polling, what everyone seems to love, America disagrees with you. The Democrats are taking the hit I thought they would, all along. There is a point that all the neverers reached, at election day 2016, where they should have grown up and just waited and seen, instead of continual bombardment. You former party is calling. How about supporting your President and help to get a larger majority in Congress, instead of always crying about something only a Democrat or a neverer wants to impeach him over.

cynicalnerd
cynicalnerd

I think you, like Susan Wright need to employ a 24-hour cooldown whenever you post stories about Trump. How many times have you posted an article that involves Trump and wound up having to clean off the egg from your face? You do a google search for "shutdown backfires for Democrats" you get stories like this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/shutdown-could-hurt-democrats-seeking-reelection-in-trump-states/2018/01/20/a86044ba-fd48-11e7-8f66-2df0b94bb98a_story.html?utm_term=.6dbfd6db7358

johntfs
johntfs

The GOP will likely lose the battle because Trump wants to win it. He wants to be the Hero, the one who brokered the compromise. Trump does not and never has cared about the GOP - only himself. That has been the pattern of his life since he first showed up on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

etbass
etbass

Sure the media will try to pin this on the GOP, but they will fail. There is no way the American people will see the GOP failure to cave on a DACA bill to the minority as their fault for a government shutdown. It is an issue that few really care about getting done, even if they generally support it. DACA is not a winning issue to shut down the government on. It may boost the base (which the 2013 Ted Cruz led shutdown did for the GOP), but the Democrats are already energized. This is the perfect chance for Trump to put a knockdown on the Democrats. They have painted themselves into a corner. If Trump holds strong, they will have to cave. The longer it goes on, the worse they look. If played right, the GOP can't lose this battle. The Democrats are betting on the GOP to continue the lack of testicles that they usually display and cave to them. The downside to holding strong is virtually non-existent. So the media attacks Trump and the GOP. Exactly what is new or different about that? The Democrats outkicked their coverage and it is time for Trump to return it down the sideline for a touchdown.