I understand the President’s frustrations with the Congressional Democrats, but the way to win this fight is to go into the districts of freshmen Democrats and point out that they are refusing to compromise at all. The President is willing to negotiate on the amount of money for border security. He’s willing to negotiate on DACA. But all the Democrats are doing is saying no, no, no. The President must make the case in local TV markets around the country. He must note that the prolonged government shutdown is because of Democrats’ refusal to compromise.
If the President declares an emergency and attempts to reprogram money through that declaration or have the military construct the wall, a federal judge is going to stop him. The President will not get the wall and opponents will tie the emergency declaration up so tightly in court the President could go six years in the White House and still not see a penny spent.
On top of that, with an emergency declaration, people in Texas will sue.
But even more than that, the President could probably expect a majority of Democrats in the House and the Democrats in the Senate to pass a joint resolution rejecting the emergency declaration. How’s that? The Senate Majority Leader only gets to block legislation coming to the floor of the Senate by deference to his position. But Schumer could push the issue with just four Republicans.
President Trump will get nothing but a black eye from declaring an emergency and he will not get his wall.
President Trump picked this fight and now he has to win it. He wins it by keeping the government shuttered until Democrats are forced to compromise.