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.